Subject: AFP: Portuguese envoy arrives in ETimor; ABRI show of force in Dili
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 08:21:00 -0500
From: "John M. Miller" <fbp@igc.apc.org>

Received from Joyo:

Portuguese envoy arrives in East Timor

DILI, East Timor, March 13 (AFP) - Lisbon's representative in Indonesia, Ana Gomes, arrived here Saturday for a four-day visit, the first by a Portuguese diplomat since the Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony in 1975.

"I am very pleased to be here," Gomes said on her arrival by commercial flight from Bali at Dili airport, where she was met by a group including pro- independence supporters.

"I am here to tell the Timorese people that the whole people of Portugal are supporting them...and also to thank them for their extraordinary example," she told reporters before departing for her hotel.

Just hours before her arrival the Indonesian military staged a massive practice exercise in riot control, residents and journalists said.

Streets throughout the downtown area were blocked off as some 500 troops staged a mock battle with protestors, using armored cars, 10 trucks and water cannons with helicopters flying overhead.

East Timor has been tense since Jakarta on January 27 announced that if the people of the troubled territory, which it annexed unilaterally the year following the 1975 invasion, rejected broad autonomy under Indonesia, they could chose independence.

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