|Subject: AN: RI ambassador to Timor Leste
leads meeting on border
RI ambassador to Timor Leste leads meeting on borderlabds
Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to East Timor Ahmed Bey Sofyan presided over here last weekend a meeting on coordination of arrangement in areas along the border between East Nusa Tenggra province and Timor Leste.
The meeting with a Timor Leste delegation focused on the security condition in borderlands after the shooting of three Indonesian civilians at Belu village, an Indonesian area close to the borderline by Timor Leste police on January 6, 2006.
Both sides at the meeting agreed that the security situation in borderlands has kept improving and become increasingly conducive to development activities, Ahmed told reporters after attending the meeting.
As part of the efforts to keep good relations between the two neighbors, the ambassador called on all components of the border communities to strive for the creation of peaceful condition in border areas.
During the meeting, delegations representing the two sides heard reports from leaders of the Indonesian National Military (TNI) and the Police on security developments in border areas.
Ex-East Timorese refugees domiciled in Belu and Northern Central Timor regencies have been aware they can no longer freely visiting and leaving East Timor, which has become a sovereign state, and they must have passports and other documents to cross the border, the report said.
Concerning the killing of the three Indonesian civilians by Timor Leste police, the ambassador said the Timor Leste Government has promised to take a stern legal measure against the policemen who are responsible for the killing.(*)