Subject: STL: Defense force will not be involved in Politics

Suara Timor Lorosa'e (Front page) from Tetum

FDTL Will Not Be Involved In Politics (STL/7/2/01)

Falur Rate Laek, FDTL's First Commander of Company III, said that the Defence Force of Timor Lorosa'e will not be involved in politics in its future work. It will also not be involved in business or in civil security. "FDTL will only defend the security of the nation. It will be a professional and neutral force." He said that the PKF now in Timor Lorosa¡¦e cannot leave without taking into account the situation here that is still hot and threatening. When they reduce their men or force here, they would have to do it from a military point of view.

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