Subject: XN: Indonesia, East Timor discuss border issue

Indonesia, East Timor discuss border issue

November 2, 2003 11:22pm

JAKARTA, Nov 3, 2003 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara Police chief Edward Aritonang said he had met East Timor President Xanana Gusmao to discuss the border issue between the two countries in Oekusi district.

"I represented the East Nusa Tenggara governor to meet President Xanana to witness the reconciliation process among society groups." Aritonang was quoted Monday by the daily Media Indonesia as saying.

Aritonang said that during the meeting on Oct. 27, he and President Xanana had talks on the border line.

Among other crucial things that have not been agreed by the two governments, Aritonang said, is the border line.

He said the two governments had established a joint committee on border issue to determine the border line between the two countries.

East Timor seceded from Indonesia in August 1999 after a United Nations-organized ballot showed a landslide victory for the pro- independence group.

Copyright 2003 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

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