Subject: Indonesian Gov't to Familiarize Border Area Passes
E TIMOR EAGER TO COOPERATE CULTURALLY WITH E NUSA TENGGARA
GOVT TO FAMILIARIZE RI- E TIMOR BORDER AREA PEOPLE WITH PASSES
November 2, 2003 7:41pm
Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara, Nov 1 (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government plans soon
to familiarize residents of areas bordering on East Timor with the use of border
passes which will be formally introduced in the second week of December, a local
official said here on Saturday.
"Familiarization at provincial level will be started on November 18. This will
be followed by familiarization in three districts and 10 subidistricts lying at
the border," the head of the local industry and trade service, Supartantyo,
The move follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Trade Minister
Rini Soewandi on behalf of the Indonesian government and Foreign Minister Jose
Ramos Horta for the East Timor government last June.
The passes will be issued as official documents free of charge by administrative
officials of the two countries' border areas for mere traditional and family
relationship events or trade at regulated markets.
Eligible for the passes are adults or married people living in areas directly
bordering on each other.
The Indonesian districts covered by the regulation are Belu, North Central
Timor, the subdistrict of North Amfoang in the district of Kupang, the
subdistricts of East Alor, Pantar and Southwest Alor in the district of Alor.
The districts in East Timor included in the regulation are Bobonaro, Kovalima
and Oecusse, Supartantyo said.
E TIMOR EAGER TO COOPERATE CULTURALLY WITH E NUSA
November 2, 2003 7:41pm
Atambua, E Nusa Tenggara, Nov 1 (ANTARA) - East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao
was quoted as saying he is eager to establish cultural cooperation with
Indonesia's Belu and Timor Tengah Utara districts bordering on East Timor as
soon as possible.
The East Timorese government was aware of the importance of the two districts'
role in maintaining the security and survival of East Timor, an East Timorese
social figure, Igildo Pirres, said here on Saturday.
The cultural cooperation could be conducted through a number of activities such
as a Timor art festival to be held in the Indonesian districts of Belu and Timor
Tengah Utara as well as in the districts of Oecusse, Covalima and Bobonaro in
Both sides could also conduct a joint study of Timor culture and set up an East
Nusa Tenggara - East Timor cultural study center near the border, if need be, he
"Such a cultural cooperation can stem horizontal conflict near the border area.
In fact, it will benefit the peoples of the two countries," he said.
Deputy Belu District Chief Bria Yohanes, meanwhile, said President Xanana Gusmao
was looking forward to establishing such cultural cooperation soon.
"Cultural cooperation between Indonesia and East Timor could be started from
cultural cooperation between those living near the border, namely the people of
Belu and Timor Tengah Utara districts and the people of Bobonaro, Oecusse and
Covalima districts in East Timor," he said.
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