Subject: Xanana meets top army generals
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 21:42:30 -0500
From: (TAPOL)

Publico, 24 February 1999 Summary only

The East Timorese resistance leader Xanana Gusmao and the Indonesian military commander Col Tono Suratman and representatives of various East Timorese factions will hold an informal meeting on Sunday in Jakarta, in accordance with an agreement reached at a meeting between the resistance leader and senior army officers yesterday.

The resistance leader spent two hours in discussion yesterday with Major-General Adam Damiri, regional commander of Udayana based in Bali, Colonel Tono Suratman, commander of the army in East Timor and Major-General Zacky Anwar former army intelligence chief.

The officers made no statements following the meeting but later, Xanana announced that a meeting will take place on Sunday between various Timorese factions, including pro-and anti-integration groups. This will be an occasion for dialogue.

It was agreed yesterday by the senior army officers that Suratman would attend the meeting on Sunday as a form of guarantee.

The Sunday meeting will be attended by representatives from the National Human Rights Commission and representatives from pro integration and pro independence groups. It will be decided later this week whether the government of East Timor, Abilio Osario aand the chair of the local people's assembly, Armindo Mariano, will attend.

Those present are likely to include Manuel Carrascalao from the Reconciliation organisation, and Leandro Isaac who heads the CNRT in Dili.

Following his meeting yesterday with the military officers, Xanana said that this first formal meeting was 'very useful indeed'.

'We agreed on the need to create a climate of peace in a common effort to better examine ways of bringing an end to violence.I have met other military officers previously but yesterday's meeting was very important as it paves the way to future encounters.' He also said it was important that all sides had agreed on the need to create a peaceful atmosphere in order to reach a solution to the question of East Timor.

TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 111 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK Phone: 0181 771-2904 Fax: 0181 653-0322 email: Campaigning to expose human rights violations in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh

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