Subject: AFP: Indonesian, UN officials in East Timor to meet in Sumatra

Agence France Presse August 20, 2000, Sunday

Indonesian, UN officials in East Timor to meet in Sumatra JAKARTA, Aug 20

Indonesia and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) will hold a fourth round of talks in September on issues pending since East Timor's separation last year, a report said Sunday.

The meeting will be held in the West Sumatra hill resort town of Bukittinggi on September 7 and 8, the Antara news agency said quoting Basilio Diaz Araujo, an advisor to the Indonesian delegation to the talks.

Speaking in Kupang, West Timor, Araujo said the subjects to be discussed would include the assets of East Timorese who opted to resettle in Indonesia as well as those of the Indonesian government and private individuals.

The status of former Indonesian civil servants, and East Timorese studying in Indonesian universities would also figure in the talks.

The first meeting was held in Bali in March, followed by the second in Yogyakarta, Central Java on May and in Surabaya, East Java, in July.

Indonesia annexed the former Portuguese colony in 1976 but relinquished its authority there to the United Nations in October after a UN-held ballot in East Timor in August 31 resulted in an overwhelming pro-independence vote.

The UNTAET is administering the territory until it can stand as a sovereign state in about two or three years.

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