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Subject: AN: Australian ambassador on integration
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 01:17:40 +0700
From: "Leonardo J. Rimba" <leorimba@rad.net.id>

Antara -- Sunday, June 14, 1998

AUSTRALIA STILL RECOGNIZES E TIMOR'S INTEGRATION WITH RI

DILI, E Timor - Australian Ambassador to Indonesia John McCarthy, here for a four-day visit, has said Australia will continue to recognize East Timor's integration with Indonesia.

Amidst reforms being carried out in Indonesia, Australia will still recognize East Timor as the 27th province of Indonesia, McCarthy was quoted as saying by local government official, Expedito Dias Ximenes, Saturday.

The Australian government however is asking the Indonesian government to improve human rights conditions and law enforcement in East Timor to solve the issues on the former Portuguese colony, Ximenes quoted McCarthy as saying.

He said that according to McCarthy, dialogs are still the best action to solve the East Timor question.

The East Timorese should be united and committed to solving the problem soon, he quoted McCarthy as saying.

Meanwhile, East Timor Governor Abilio Soares said the move to implement reforms is felt in East Timor as the people could now freely state their aspirations for the province's development.

McCarthy who was accompanied by the Australian embassy's First Secretary Hazim Blazer, will be here until Tuesday. He is slated to visit Baucau and Aileu districts, and the Christ The King Statue in Tanjung Fatucama, Dili.

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