Subject: Some 150 East Timorese soldiers quit Indon army -Kiki
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 08:55:08 -0400

Some 150 East Timorese soldiers quit Indonesian army

DILI, East Timor, Sept 27 (AFP) - Some 150 East Timorese members of the Indonesian soldiers have refused to leave with the departing troops, and some have joined independence forces with their weapons, a senior Indonesian officer said Monday.

"There are about 150 indigenous East Timorese who still stay," martial law commander Major General Kiki Syahnakri told a farewell news conference here.

"Most of them already have a house, a farm, and some of them leave the unit to join the Falintil and they have weapons," Syahnakri said.

He gave no further details.

The Falintil, the military arm of the National Council of East Timor Resistance (CNRT) is mostly based in the mountains of the former Portuguese territory.


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