Subject: LUSA: Banned group threatens to confront gov't after UN pull-out

04-02-2004 10:49:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-5797081 Temas: East Timor: Banned group threatens to confront gov't after UN pull-out

Dili, Feb. 4 (Lusa) - An outlawed political group in East Timor has warned that it will begin a "political battle" with the Dili government after the departure of the United Nations mission in May.

The Popular Defense Committe-Democratic Republic of East Timor (CPD-RDTL) was formed in 1999 by disgruntled ex-independence fighters.

The banned group has carried out many acts of civil disobedience and was responsible for the failed assassination attempt on President Xanana Gusmão in March, 2001.

CPD-RDTL leader Cristiano da Costa told Australian state broadcaster ABC this week that his group would launch a political challenge against the government after the UN departs.

"We reject any type of violence, but will pressure the government to accept us as a legal organization", said da Costa, adding that there would be a "political battle" with the Dili authorities.


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