Subject: AN: Number of Indonesia military posts along East Timor border reduced

09/05/07 18:06

Number of Indonesia military posts along East Timor border reduced

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - The number of Indonesian military posts along the border with Timor Leste has been reduced from 59 to 39 following improvements in the security situation in the area.

"We have cut the number of military posts in border areas while the posts located in Belu district are territorial ones as there is no military command there," chief of the Wirasakti District Military Command Col Arief Rachman said on Wednesday.

He said he would inform the local religious and community leaders on the existence of the territorial posts to prevent them from construing it to mean that the Belu administration was under military control.

"We will invite the bishop of Atambua, Mgr Anton Pain Ratu SVD, to a meeting to talk about it," he added.

He also called on the local political elite not to overact in responding to the Indonesian Army`s plan to build Infantry Brigade headquarters in Camplong, Kupang district and in SoE, Timor Tengah Selatan district as well as in Nagekeo district on Flores Island.

"The Army started planning the construction of the headquarters two years ago so it is not a new matter. We planned it thoroughly after observing and considering developments in the neighboring country (Timor Leste)," he said.

East Nusa Tenggara province directly borders on Timor Leste and Australia.(*)


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