Subject: KT: Seoul to build hall in E. Timor

Korea Herald January 24, 2002, Thursday

Seoul to build hall in E. Timor

South Korea will dedicate an independence hall in East Timor on May 20, when the first independent government will be established in the Southeast Asian territory, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Seoul plans to donate $600,000 to build the 792-sq.-meter memorial hall, for which construction will begin soon.

Immediately after the new administration kicks off, South Korea will establish diplomatic ties and upgrade its representative office there, which opened in June last year, to an embassy, officials said.

The former Portuguese colony was occupied by Indonesia in 1975 and is now under U.N. transitional rule, following a vote for independence in 1999.

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