Subject: AN: Alor sounds out trade cooperation with ET

INDON DISTRICT IN E NUSA TENGGARA SOUNDS OUT TRADE COOP WITH E TIMOR

September 26, 2004 1:41am Asia Intelligence Wire

Atambua, E Nusa Tenggara, Sept 25 (ANTARA) - The government of Alor district in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province is sounding out the possibility of a trade cooperation with neighboring East Timor.

Alor district government spokesman, Isak Hopny Aly, said here Saturday that district head, Ans Takalapeta, and his entourage will depart to the East Timorese capital of Dili to consolidate the cooperation on trade, culture and sports.

"The local government and the people of Alor are looking forward to reopening a new page of cooperation with East Timor," Hopny Aly said, adding that the good trading partnership during the country's integration with Indonesia from 1976 to 1999 was snapped after East Timor's independence in September 1999.

At that time, they traded candlenut, copra, coffee, fruits as well as livestocks, flour, cooking oil, sugar and salt.

"Due to their proximity, East Timor's trade cooperation with Alor district is expected to go along more smoothly than cooperations with other districts in the southern part of East Nusa Tenggara," he noted.

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