Subject: Xanana May 10 Statement
Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 11:17:57 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <>

This message was broadcast May 10 into East Timor, via RDP Internacional (Lisbon).

Conselho Nacional da Resistência Timorense FALINTIL

To the East Timorese people The members of the CNRT To all those in a position of leadership, in Dili especially Youth of Loriko Aswain

Dear and respected fellowcountrymen,

The recent signature of the May agreement is an important victory for our Resistance against the Indonesian military occupation of these last 23 years. In the meantime, I am asking you all not to assume, I repeat, not to assume that we have already won and that everything is now unfolding to our advantage.

The agreement signed on May 5th only recognises the East Timorese people's right to self-determination, which is to say that it is up to the people of East Timor to chose the future they have been aspiring to and fighting for.

We are coming out of a phase of renewed difficulties and suffering. The process leading to the consultation will be a difficult one. Many problems will have to be resolved before August 8th.

The RDTL group has just taken to the streets to demonstrate. Initiatives of this type only show lack of discipline, of political vision as well as a misperception of the current situation, a situation causing the population more suffering and forcing our leaders into hiding.

Those who think that demonstrating is a show of courage are mistaken. Demonstrating now is provoking and inciting the militias to continue to kill the population. This only shows that RDTL is not thinking of the interests of the population of Dili. RDTL and other groups are providing the militias with a pretext to keep killing the people. They are making a big mistake. Mistakes questioning discipline and organisation within the Resistance. Mistakes that show how each group is only pursuing its own interests and not thinking of the suffering of the people.

I am aware that the youths are trying to mobilise the population of Dili for a massive demonstration, this only shows that these youths are deprived of any sense of responsibility, in Indonesian "tidak bertanggung jawab". Who is left to cry when the population is killed? Who looks after the wounded?

I wish to remind everyone that the presence of the UN in East Timor does not mean that victory is on our side. The task of the UN is to organise the consultation of the people on August 8th. We thus must all contribute to this process, follow the orientations of the UN team. To this end, I reiterate my appeal to all to remain calm. I reiterate my appeal to the youths of Dili to obey orders and demand that they act responsibly and with discipline. Without discipline, we will be weak, and as long as we do not demand discipline from ourselves, we are in no position to demand it of others. We must always bear this in mind.


Salemba, 10 May 1999

President of the CNRT

Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão
Commander of the FALINTIL

Translated by the office of Xanana Gusmão from its original text in Tetum.

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