Subject: Timor leste to sign several MoUs with Indonesia

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Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara, Jan 1


ANTARA -- Timor Leste Foreign Affairs Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa said his government would sign several memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Indonesia to improve the people's life.

"We will sign several MoUs on the two countries' boundaries," he said in a meeting with East Nusa Tenggara Vice Governor Frans Lebu Raya and chief of the local Police and Indonesian Military officers on Monday.

He made the statement in response to a request made by the East Nusa Tenggara vice governor who asked the Timor Leste government to involve the people living in the border areas in marking borderline, preventing the one made by the Timor Leste government not to harm the interest of the peoples of both countries.

Lt Col Yulius Widjanarko of the Wirasakti Military Command said some problems often came up in the border area due to the marking of the borderline which did not involve the local population.

He said some Indonesians living in the border area raised objection as their land were included in the territory of Timor Leste whereas they were the owners of the land for many years.

He also expressed concern that the marking of four points of the borderline may trigger a communal conflict in the region.

Minister Zacarias said all the problems would be discussed in detail in a coordinating meeting to be held in Dili next month.

The preliminary discussion would take place in Jakarta during the visit of the Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to Jakarta for the signing of a memorandum of understanding on food and medical supplies for the border regions.

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