Subject: SOLID-NET: CNRT office to re-open
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 17:45:18 -0400
From: (TAPOL)

SOLID-NET Press release from: SOLIDAMOR Solidaritas untuk Penyelesaian Damai Timor Leste Solidarity for Peace in East Timor Jl. Pramuka Jaya Sari No. 9, Jakarta 10570 Telp. 62-21-422 4079, 422 6348; Faks. 62-21-422 4079 email: Web:


Jakarta, Solid-Net (4/6)

The office of the CNRT (Concelho Nacional da Resistencia Timorense) which has been closed for some time because of the terror activities of the pro-integration militia will shortly be re-opened, said David Diaz Ximenes, CNRT spokesperson in Dili.

'CNRT offices will be re-opened in all towns and villages throughout East Timor and we will draw up a plan of struggle for independence,' said David.

The CNRT places all its hopes on the ability of the UN to preserve peace for the consultation. The presence of the UN represents a victory for the people of East Timor in its struggle for a peaceful solution.

But the fact is that Xanana Gusmao, the leader of the CNRT, is still being held in prison, while the Indonesian government has promised to release him only after the consultation takes place. This is seen by many as evidence that the Indonesian government is fearful of the consequences, should Xanana be released ahead of the consultation. He is recognised by all as the unifying force for the pro-independence forces.

As Pastor Dominggos Soares said recently, the presence of the UN in East Timor has taken the struggle of the people of East Timor to a new stage in their striving for independence. 'We are very happy that this has happened,' he said, adding that he was absolutely sure that provided that the consultation took place under conditions free from intimidation, 99 per cent of the people would vote in favour of independence.

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