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Glossary of Key Timor-Leste, West Papua and Indonesia Related Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations

ABRI - Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesi - Indonesian Army and National Police Force. Armed forces of Indonesia, replaced by separated Armed Forces (TNI) and Police (Polri) in 2000.
adat - customary
ADB - Asian Development Bank
ADF - Australian Defence Force
AFP - Australian Federal Police

APEC - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APODETI - Associaçäo Popular Democrática Timorense/ The Timorese Popular Democratic Association. Pro-Indonesia group established in 1974.
ASDT- Associaçäo Social Democrática Timorense/ Association of Timorese Social Democrats. Formed in 1974, this pro-independence party changed name to FRETILIN
ASEAN - Association of South East Asian Nations
AusAID - Australian Agency for International Development

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BAIS - Badan Intelijen Strategis, Indonesia Strategic Intelligence Body (later BIN)
- Badan Koordinasi Intelijen Negara, Indonesia State Intelligence Coordinating Agency
Bloku Governu Koligasaun/Government Coalition Bloc (Timor-Leste)
BIN - Badan Intelijen Negara/ Indonesia State Intelligence Agency
BPA - Banking and Payments Authority (Timor-Leste)
Brimob - Brigade Mobil Polri/ Mobile Brigade Indonesian National Police paramilitary force
Bupati - sub-provincial (or district) head (Indonesia)

CAC - Comissão Anti-Corrupção / Komisaun Anti-Korrupsaun / Anti-Corruption Commission of Timor-Leste
- Commission of Ex-Combatant Affairs/ Comissão para os Assuntos dos Antigos Combatentes
Commission of Former Members of the Resistance/Comissão para os Assuntos dos Quadros da Resistencia
CAVF - Commission of Falintil Veterans Affairs/Commissão para os Assuntos dos Veteranos das Falintil
- Comissão de Acolhimento, Verdade e Reconciliação/Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste

CEDAW - Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women
CFET - Consolidated Fund for East Timor
CGI - Consultative Group on Indonesia
CivPol - United Nations Civilian Police 
CMATS - The Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea between Australia and Timor-Leste
CTF - Commission on Truth and Friendship

- Comissão Nacional de Eleições/ National Election Commission (Timor-Leste)

CNRM (Conselho Nacional de Resistência Maubere) - National Council of Maubere Resistance. Formed 1987, became CNRT in 1998
CNRT (Conselho Nacional de Resistência Timorense) - National Congress for Reconstruction of Timor-Leste (political party); National Council of Timorese Resistance coalition formed in 1996, uniting UDT, Fretlin and others on Independence platform. Replaced CNRM in 1998.. Dissolved July 2001.
CPD-RDTL - Conselho Popular pela Defesa da República Democrática de Timor-Leste/Popular Committee for Defence of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
CPLP - Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa/Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Timor-Leste)
CSO - civil society organization

DAP - Dewan Adat Papua, Papua Customary/Adat Council (West Papua)
- Partai Demokrat/Democratic Party (Indonesia)
Detachment 88/Densus 88
- Police counter-terrorism organization, funded and trained by U.S. (Indonesia)
DPD - Dewan Perwakilan Daerah/ Regional Representatives Council (Indonesia)
Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat/People’s Representative Council (Indonesia)
DPRP - Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Papua, Papua provincial legislature
DFAT - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
DPKO - United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Dwifungsi - Dual function of Indonesian military (TNI): military defense and socio-political

EAD - UN Electoral Assistance Division
- East Timor Public Administration
ETTA - East Timor Transitional Administration

(Forças Armadas de Libertaçäo) - Armed Forces for the National Liberation of East Timor; pro-independence guerilla force. Originally under Fretilin, later the CNRM & CNRT.
FPTL - Timor-Leste Police Service 
F-FDTL - Falintil-Forças Armadas de Defesa de Timor-Leste/ FALINTIL Defense Forces of Timor Leste
Fokupers -
Forum Komunikasi Untuk Perempuan Timor Lorosa’e/Timor-Leste Women’s Communication Forum)
Fongtil - Forum ONG Timor-Leste/NGO Forum in Timor-Leste
- Forum Persatuan, Demokrasi dan Keadilan/Forum for Unity, Democracy and Justice. Pro-integration front in East Timor|
Formed Police Unit (UN)
Fretilin (Frente Revolucionária do Timor-Leste Independente) - Revolutionary Front for an Independent Timor-Leste

GAM - Gerakan Aceh Merdeka/Free Aceh Movement
Gerindra -
Partai Gerakan Indonesia Raya/Great Indonesia Movement Party
GOLKAR - Partai Golongan Karya/Party of Functional Groups, political party created by Suharto (Indonesia)
Hanura - Partai Hati Nurani Rakyat/People's Conscience Party

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International Committee of the Red Cross
IDPs -
internally displaced persons

-Independent Electoral Commission
- International Lawyers for West Papua
IMET - International Military Education and Training. U.S. Pentagon program that brings foreign officers to the U.S.
IMF - International Monetary Fund
InterFET - International Force in East Timor; United Nations-sponsored, Australian-led force. September 1999 - February 2000. 
IOM - International Organisation for Migration
International Parliamentarians for West Papua
ISF - International Stabilisation Force (Australia and New Zealand in Timor-Leste)

JCET- Joint Combined Exchange Training (U.S.)
Joint Petroleum Development Area

Kodam - Komando Daerah Militer/ Military Regional Command (Indonesia)
KNPB - Komite Nasional Papua Barat /West Papua National Committee
- Komisi Nasional Hak Azasi Manusia. National Committee for Human Rights) Indonesia
Korem -
Komando Resort Militer/Sub-regional military command (Indonesia)
KOSTRAD - Komando Cadangan Strategis Angkatan Darat, Army Strategic Reserve (Indonesia)
Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi/Corruption Eradication Commission (Indonesia)
Kopassus -
Komando Pasukan Khusus/Special Forces Command - 'Red Berets", notorious elite Indonesian Special Forces

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LDC - Least developed country

Maubere - From an indigenous Timorese language, the word was used in a derogatory manner to refer to the people of Timor-Leste. The resistance adopted the word into the proud language of the resistance to mean the people of the resistance.
MCC - Millennium Challenge Corporation (U.S.)
MDG - Millennium Development Goals
Merdeka! - Freedom!
MPR - Majelis Permusyawarahan Rukyat /People’s Consultative Assembly (Indonesia)
MRP - Majelis Rakyat Papua/Papuan People’s Council
MSG - Melanesia Spearhead Group
MUI - Majelis Ulama Indonesia/Indonesian Ulema Council

NASDEM - Partai Nasdem (Indonesia)
- non-governmental organization
NKRI - Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia/Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia
NTT - (Nusa Tenggara Timur) - Indonesian province which includes West Timor
NU - Nahdlatul Ulama /Council of Religious Scholars (Indonesia)

OCHA - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OPM - Organisasi Papua Merdeka/ Free Papua Movement

OPMT - (Organizacao Popular de Mulher Timor) Popular Organisation of East Timorese Women

PAN - Partai Amanat Nasional/National Mandate Party
- Indonesia's five-point state ideology (Belief in the one and only God, Just and civilized humanity, The unity of Indonesia, Democracy guided by the inner wisdom in the unanimity arising out of deliberations amongst representatives, Social justice for all)
PBB - Partai Bulan Bintang/Crescent Star Party (Indonesia)
PDI-P - Partai Demokrasi Indonesia-Perjuangan, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle
PKB - Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa/National Awakening Party (Indonesia)
PKF - United Nations Peace Keeping Force
PKI - Partai Komunis Indonesia/Communist Party of Indonesia
PKS - Partai Keadilan Sejahtera/Prosperous Justice Party (Indonesia)
PNTL - Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste / National Police Service of Timor-Leste
POLRI - Indonesia Police
PPP - Partai Persatuan Pembangunan/ United Development Party (Indonesia)

RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force
- Royal Australian Navy

República Democrática de Timor-Leste/Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (official name of East Timor/Timor-Leste)
REDD - Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation

REDE Feto - (REDE Feto Timor Loro Sae) East Timorese Women's Network
RENETIL - Resistencia Nacional dos Estudantes de Timor Leste/National Resistance of East Timorese Students
RTTL - Radio-Televisão Timor Leste

SCIT - Serious Crimes Investigation Team
- Serious Crimes Unit
SDG - UN Sustainable Development Goals (replace MDGs)

SRSG - Special Representative of the Secretary General
- Secretariado Tecnico De Administraço Eleitoral/Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (Timor-Leste)

TAPOL - Tahanan politik, political prisoners (also the name of the Indonesia human rights campaign based in Britain)
Tetum/Tetun - The primary indigenous language of the East Timorese. Official language with Portuguese of Timor-Leste
TFET - Trust Fund for East Timor
TSDA - Timor Sea Designated Authority
Timor Lorosae - East Timor/ Timor-Leste in Tetun
Timor Timur - or Tim Tim, Indonesian name for East Timor.
TNI - Tentara Nasional Indonesia, Indonesian National Armed Forces
Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat/Indonesian Army
TNI-AL -Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut/Indonesian Navy
TNI AU - Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara/Indonesian Air Force
TPN/OPM - Tentara Pembebasan Negara/Organisi Papua Merdeka, National Liberation Army/Free Papua Movement
TVTL - Televisão Timor-Leste/Televizaun Timor Lorosae

UDT - Uniäo Democrática Timorenese/ Timorese Democratic Union. Formed in 1974. Originally favored continued ties with Portugal; then became pro-independence.
- United Nations

UN in East Timor/Timor-Leste
(chronological order)

UNAMET - United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor
(11 June-29 October 1999). Conducted August 30, 1999 referendum
UNTAET - UN Transitional Administration in East Timor
 (October 19, 1999-May 19, 2002)
UNMISET - UN Mission in East Timor
 (20 May 2002 -20 May, 2005)
UNOTIL - UN Office in Timor-Leste
(20 May 2005-25 August 2006)
UNMIT - United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste
 (25 August 2006-31 December 2012)

UNCLOS - United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
UNHCHR - UN High Commission for Human Rights
UNHCR - UN High Commission for Refugees

UNICEF -United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
UNIFEM - United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
ULMWP - United Liberation Movement for West Papua
UNPOL - United Nations Police (name currently used, was CivPol)
UNSC - United Nations Security Council
UNSG - UN Secretary-General
UNTEA - UN Temporary Executive Authority (in Western New Guinea/West Papua October 1, 1962 - May 1, 1963)
UNV - United Nations Volunteers
UP4B - Unit Percepatan Pembangunan untuk Papua dan Papua Barat / Unit for Accelerated Development in Papua and West Papua (Indonesia)

USAID - United States Agency for International Development
USD - U.S. Dollars

WB - World Bank
WHO - World Health Organization
WPNA - West Papua National Authority
WPNCL - West Papua National Coalition for Liberation
WSS - Water Supply and Sanitation

see also APSN: Indonesian Acronyms (thousands of items)
West Papua Glossary

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