Subject: CNRT: Additional info on Malian
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 09:12:32 -0500
From: "John M. Miller" <>

The Office of CNRT President Xanana Gusmao received further information on the situation in Maliana as of today:

1. Joint, Kodim, Police and Halilintar forces have isolated the Maliana area. Road blocks have been set up around Maliana and on the Atabae-Maliana (controlled by Halilintar) and Kailaku-Maliana (controlled by Kodim and the Police) roads. No one is being allowed in or out of Maliana and surrounding villages and hamlets. The Indonesian Military Commander of the Maliana region is Lieutenant Coronal Burhanudin Siagian

2. Father Tavares and Father Adriano Ximenes are still trying to reach Maliana to celebrate a mass service in memory and to commend the souls of the four victims of Friday's raid. The four bodies are still at Korluli chapel awaiting the arrival of the two priests. The funeral ceremonies will be held in Korluli but no date has yet been set.

3. This morning, the Indonesian military forcefully dispersed the population that was gathered at the local market. It is usually on Sunday that the local population meets to exchange and sell their products at Maliana 'Bazar'.

4. Armindo Lokomau (26), from Morobu hamlet, Bobonaro, walked past the Kodim headquarters this morning and was suddenly taken into the facilities by the military, beaten and kept in custody. We are waiting for further information on his detention and physical condition.

Jakarta, 21 March 1999 4:30 pm

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