|Subject: Antara: JRH Visited Kisar Island
with Indonesia's Knowledge
September 8, 2005 Thursday
E TIMOR FOREIGN MINISTER VISITED KISAR ISLAND WITH RI COUNTERPART'S
Ambon, Sept 8
East Timor Foreign Minister Ramos Horta recenly visited Kisar Island in
Southwest Maluku with the knowledge of Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan
Wirayuda, a local administration official said.
"Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda knew about his East Timor counterpart's
August 28 visit to Kisar island in Southwest Maluku district, so there is no
need for anybody to question it," Southeast Maluku District Chief SJ
Oratmangun told ANTARA here on Thursday.
Oratmangun said Horta came to Kisar as a tourist because of close emotional
relations as well as cultural similarities between the peoples of Kisar and
He said the East Timor minister arrrived at Kisar island on August 28 at 1
pm local time on board his private boat, the Mahatma Gandhi.
Horta was accompanied by 12 officials from the United States, Australian and
South Korean embassies in Dili.
The Southwes Maluku district head noted that according to a report from
Kisar subdistrict head Dance Taguhiri, Horta and his entourage visited the
tourist resorts of Nama beach and Purpura beach in the island in addition to
meeting with local officials.
Oratmangun adimitted that Horta's visit to Kisar was reported to Maluku
Governor Karel Alber Ralahalu who passed it on to the central government.
Meanwhile, Governor Ralahalu separately admitted to have received the report
and had passed it on to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, so the case
should no longer be questioned.
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