Subject: LUSA: Structure of National Timorese Resistance Council made public
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 07:53:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <pet@web.net>

11 SET 98 - 12:14 East Timor/Portugal: Structure of National Timorese Resistance Council made public

Lisbon, Sept. 11 (Lusa) - The names of the members of the National Timorese Resistance Council have been released in Dili without any reprisal by the Indonesian authorities in the occupied territory. The names were made public during a special swearing-in ceremony at the Caritas headquarters in Dili, capital of East Timor, on Wednesday. It was the first time since the Indonesian occupation of East Timor began 23 years ago that the resistance movement had been able to hold a public swearing-in ceremony in the territory.

All the names of the members of the National Political Committee of the National Resistance Council were announced, with the exception of its vice-president. Sources said this could indicate that the vice-president was an East Timorese holding an official Indonesian position. 14 of the members live in East Timor or Indonesia. The other leading members of the National Timorese Resistance Council were sworn in at a special ceremony in Lisbon on 28 April.

A message of jailed armed resistance leader Xanana Gusmao sent to the ceremony in Dili earlier this week stressed that the resistance council's main objective was to acheive ''political reconciliation'' among the various East Timorese political forces. The following name were released in Dili this week: Abel da Costa Belo, David Dias Ximenes, Manuel Carrascalao, Domingos de Sousa, Francisco Lopes de Caravalho, Joao Alves, Leandro Issac, Leao dos Reis Amaral, Taur Natam Ruak (vice-commander of the armed wing of the resistance, FALINTIL) and Lucas da Costa. The members comprise different parties - among them UDT, FRETILIN and Worker's Party - and independent voices.-Lusa nnnn

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