Subject: Fugitive Reinado misses last chance for negotiation

Fugitive Reinado misses last chance for negotiation

Posted 3 hours 35 minutes ago

East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has denounced the absence of a fugitive who led a rebellion in 2006 against the government at scheduled peace talks with top officials.

The government had launched a massive manhunt for Alfredo Reinado, formerly of the military police, when he escaped from jail in August 2006.

President Jose Ramos-Horta called off the search in June in a bid to start a dialogue.

"I will give Alfredo and Salsinha [one of Alfredo's key deputies] one last chance to come, and if they don't, that would mean that they are not contributing anything and do not want to settle this problem," Mr Gusmao said.

The pair did not use a last chance to meet offered by the government, Mr Gusmao said, noting now "there will be no other way", though he did not elaborate.

Factional fighting among security forces left at least 37 people dead in the April and May 2006 rebellion, and forced international peacekeepers to be despatched to restore calm.

Reinado was arrested on charges of illegal weapons distribution, desertion and attempted murder following the unrest, but later escaped from jail.

He last met with government officials in August.


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