Subject: ffitz - LUSA: Ramos Horta Suggests Creation of Weapons Trade-In Fund
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 08:57:13 -0500
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

15 FEV 99 - 13:53 East Timor: Ramos Horta Suggests Creation of Weapons Trade-In Fund

Lisbon, Feb. 15 (Lusa) - Exiled East Timorese resistance leader Jose Ramos Horta called Sunday for the creation of an "international fund" to encourage armed civilians to trade in their weapons for "food and other goods." Meeting with East Timorese refugees in Lisbon, Ramos Horta said such a fund could help reduce growing tensions and violence between pro- and anti-independence supporters. He urged his people to show "tolerance to Indonesians, pro-integrationists, informers and torturers." "East Timor must be an example of the defense and observance of human rights," the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said. "Our policy must be one of tolerance and forgiveness."

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