Subject: ABC: Horta unconcerned by prospect no 'brain drain' on E Timor
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 12:18:00 -0400
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio News

Friday 23 July, 1999

Horta unconcerned by prospect no 'brain drain' on E Timor

Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta has denied there will be a "brain drain" from East Timor, if the country votes for independence from Indonesia next month.

Dr Ramos Horta says no-one's going to be thrown out of East Timor if independence gets the thumbs up but he says civil servants are welcome to leave.

In Brisbane last night, the pro-independence leader rejected claims of a "brain drain" in the event of a pro-independence vote.

"I tell you frankly, sometimes I don't know whether to cry or to laugh," Dr Ramos Horta said.

"Indonesian civil servants are among the laziest, the crookest, the most incompetent in the world and these are supposed to be our brain drain."

© 1999 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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