Subject: LUSA: EU welcomes Indonesia's new position on East Timor independence
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 21:35:42 -0500
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

23 FEV 99 - 09:58 East Timor: EU welcomes Indonesia's new position on East Timor independence

Luxembourg, Feb 23 (Lusa) - The European Union has welcomed Indonesia's new position on possible independence for East Timor. Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama said in Luxembourg on Monday it was "very important" that the European Union supported a fair and free public consultation exercise among the people of East Timor about their political future. Gama underlined the fact that the European Union was receptive to his idea of preparing a contingency plan supporting East Timor's transition towards independence. Gama urged the European Union to play a leading role in finding a peaceful solution to the problem of East Timor. The Portuguese foreign minister also said the European Union's planned financial backing of general elections in Indonesia later this year would not include East Timor since the territory was not a rightful part of Indonesia. Jakarta invaded East Timor in December 1975. The UN continues to recognise Portugal as East Timor's legitimate administering power. Lusa/Fim

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