Subject: More Antara coverage of SBY visit


April 10, 2005 9:52pm Antara

Dili, Apr 9 (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the final day of his two-day state visit in East Timor on Saturday visited the Santa Cruz public cemetery and the Seroja heroes' cemetery in Dili.

East Timor's armed forces F-FDTL welcomed Yudhoyono with a military salute on his arrival at the Santa Cruz cemetery.

President Yudhoyono laid a wreath and prayed at a house of prayer at the cemetery. After that he proceeded to the Seroja cemetery for Indonesian heroes around 500 meters away from Santa Cruz. On his way there he shook hands with Balide elementary school children who had waited for his arrival there since morning.

At the cemetery President Yudhoyono laid a wreath at the main monument and prayed. Afterwards he visited the tomb of Major B Ginting, a member of the army's special unit Kopassus who died in 1986 and then the tomb of Captain Gostaf M, a member of the 611 Infantry Unit/ Navy who died on December 15, 1987 where he also laid wreaths.

Later President Yudhoyono proceeded to a wall where the names of all the Indonesian fighters buried in the cemetery had been inscribed. He then put his hands on the wall and prayed for a while.

In his speech before the East Timorese parliament earlier Yudhoyono expressed gratitude to the East Timorese government that had given easy access to Indonesians who wished to visit the tombs of their relatives in that country.




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Dili, Apr 9 (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Saturday the Indonesian people considered the East Timorese as their closest relatives making the two nations and countries neighbours who could not easily forget each other.

"As their closest brothers and neighbours the Indonesian people wish to see East Timor achieve progress and glory," he said in his speech in East Timor's parliament.

He said "we wish to develop cooperation and help each other so that the two nations can rise together for a brighter future."

"I share Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's view that the relations between the two nations must be developed based on future rather than past outlooks," he said.

To develop brotherly and neighbourly relations Indonesia and East Timor have already made a number of common agendas and some of them had even already been jointly carried out.

Among the agendas that had not as yet been finished are settlement of problems on refugees, assets, pay rights of former Indonesian civil servants, military and police members and border securrity.

"We have to be grateful and admitted that we have already settled most of the problems jointly," Yudhoyono said.

"If in 1999 the number of East Timorese refugees staying in West Timor reached 285,000 now it has dropped to only around 16,000. I am convinced the problem could finally be settled correctly and wisely," he said.

Yudhoyono hoped the East Timor government would continue seeking efforts to immediately finish the legal system for the problems.

Regarding border problems the two countries had so far settled 96 percent of their land border problems.

Indonesia has also helped smoothen sea transportation between Oecusse and Dili while land access between the East Timor's conclave and other East Timorese regions would be open soon.

The two countries have also prepared immigration posts on the border to ease land transportation between the two countries.


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