Subject: Indonesian police to open posts on East Timor border

BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific - Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring

February 22, 2005, Tuesday

Indonesian police to open posts on East Timor border

Kupang Pos web site, Kupang, in Indonesian 21 Feb 05

Excerpt from report by Indonesian newspaper Kupang Pos web site on 21 February

Kupang: The chief of East Nusa Tenggara Police (Polda NTT), Brig-Gen Edward Aritonang MM, will soon officially open eleven police posts that have been constructed along the Indonesia-East Timor (RDTL) border. The posts have been set up in order to prevent criminal activities in the border region.

According to the Polda NTT Head of Public Relations, Police Commissioner Marten Radja, on Friday (18 February), six of the police posts were located in the Belu District and five in North Central Timor. "The timetable for the official opening is being arranged by the Polda NTT logistics department. It will be confirmed when the Chief of Polda NTT has returned from Semarang. The ceremony for the opening of the eleven posts will take place in Atambua, with key officials from Polda NTT in attendance," he said.

Radja added that the Chief of Polda NTT would also hand over items to support the work of Indonesian police on the ground in the border region, such as one motorbike per post. passage omitted

Police officers posted to the region have been provided with homes, generator sets and full hygiene facilities. "The police posts in the border region will also be equipped with unspecified devices to record the movements of illegal border-crossers, so that they can be identified. This capability will extend to any East Timorese citizens who commit violations when crossing into Indonesian territory," added Radja.

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