Subject: AN: Solution of RI-Timor's Tactical Boundary Helps TNI and UNPKF

Received from Joyo Indonesia News

Antara January 5, 2003

Solution of RI-Timor's Tactical Boundary Helps TNI and UNPKF

Atambua, E Nusa Tenggara, Jan 5 (ANTARA) - The solution to the tactical borderline between Indonesia and East Timor would facilitate the performance of duties of the Indonesian military (TNI) and the UN Peacekeeping Force, a military officer said.

The tactical boundary would be the main agenda of the Inter-Commanders Meeting (ICM) due to be held in Bali's capital of Denpasar on January 6-7, Lt.Col.Tjuk Agus Minahasa said Sunday.

"I think, the ICM will talk about matters like misperception on the boundary between Mota'ain and Balibo ...," the Belu district military commander said.

Speaking to reporters before flying to Denpasar, he said that the subject was once already discussed at a TNI and UNPKF-sponsored Tactical Coordination Working Group's meeting on Sept 11, 2002.

The issue became important following the arrest of a TNI member of the Belu district military command by UNPKF personnel on August 22, 2002, he said.

According to the TNI side, Sergeant Anderias Gani was captured in Loonitas village, Tasifeto Timur subdistrict (in Indonesian territory), while the UNPKF argued the arrest was made in East Timor's territory, Tjuk said.

The ICM would be attended by Chief of Udayana regional military command, Maj.Gen.Agus Suyitno and his UNPKF counterpart, Maj.Gen.Tan Huck Gim, and some field commanders of both sides.


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