Subject: JP: U.S. envoy pledges to discuss lifting security alert in Eastern Indonesia

February 10, 2003 Jakarta Post

U.S. envoy pledges to discuss lifting security alert in Eastern Indonesia

KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara (JP): United States Ambassador to Indonesia Ralph L. Boyce on Monday pledged to discuss with the United Nations a possible lifting of the "Alert 5" imposed on East Nusa Tenggara province since 2000, Antara reported.

Boyce made the promise to Governor Piet A Tallo during their meeting here, before proceeding to SoE, capital of Timor Tengah Selatan district.

The UN imposed the "Alert 5" on East Nusa Tenggara, which borders East Timor, after three workers of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were killed in 2000 in a riot triggered by the death of a pro-Indonesia East Timorese.

Tens of thousands of East Timorese fled to East Nusa Tenggara, the western part of Timor island, following the rampage that followed the people's vote to separate from Indonesia in the 1999 UN-sponsored ballot.

Taiwan Investors Group Eyes Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara

KUPANG, E Nusa Tenggara, Feb 10 Asia Pulse - Thirteen Taiwanese businessmen are studying the possibility of investing in East Nusa Tenggara which shares a border with East Timor.

The Taiwanese businessmen arrived here on Saturday for the purpose in the company of noted businessman Tomy Winata from the Artha Graha group. Artha Graha spokesman Victor Laiskodat said the Taiwanese businessmen were associated with former Taiwanese economic minister Chiang Ping Khun.

Chiang is now in charge of the finances of Taiwan's biggest opposition party, the Kuomintang Party.

He said the Taiwanese businessmen were anticipating progress in East Timor and the possibility of tripartite trade among Kupang, Dili and Darwin.

He said among the sectors attracting the Taiwanese businessmen were marine resources, tourism and sandalwood.

Laiskodat said the Taiwanese businessmen and the Artha Graha group were expected to invest Rp2 trillion if the results of their study were positive.

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