Subject: Lusa: Gusmao Visiting Oe Cusse, Western Areas to Raise 'Consciousness'

East Timor: Gusmao Visiting Oe Cusse, Western Areas to Raise 'Consciousness' 20 Nov-12:30

Independence leader Xanana Gusmao will begin a visit to East Timor's Oe Cusse enclave and western areas of the territory bordering Indonesia Tuesday, on a mission to "raise democratic consciousness," officials announced in Dili.

With a calendar for full independence looming, Gusmao, recently tapped as president of the National Council, or transitional legislature, has been personally mandated to help prepare the population for the new political process.

Beyond Oe Cusse, Gusmao was to visit the areas of Letefoho, Bobonaro, Maliana and Suai.

The East Timorese leadership has said it hopes to see an independence timetable set next month at an international donors conference in Brussels.


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