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Subject: LUSA: ET Governor threatens to suspend scholarships
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 07:00:32 -0500 (EST)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <pet@web.net>

27 OUT 98 - 10:55 East Timor/Australia: Governor threatens to suspend scholarships

Sydney, Oct. 27 (Lusa) - East Timor Abilio Osorio Soares has threated to suspend the scholarships of East Timorese student in Indonesia if they decided to support a referendum independence in the occupied territory, the East Timor International Support Centre said in Sydney on Monday. According to the centre, representatives of the governor told East Timorese students in Java earlier this month they would automatically lose their scholarships if they failed to declare their support, in writing, of Jakarta's autonomy proposal for East Timor.

A communique issued by the centre described the controversial pro-Indonesian governor as a "threat to security" in East Timor.

Lusa/Fim

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