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February 13, 1999 | From Reuters
Indonesia's foreign minister on Friday ruled out a prolonged transition period on the road to independence for the rebel territory of East Timor, but he said he hoped that the Timorese would opt for autonomy within Indonesia rather than full independence. Ali Abdullah Alatas, who is attending a meeting of developing countries in the Jamaican resort of Montego Bay, said autonomy was "the most realistic, the most fair, the most viable and the most peaceful solution" for the region.
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February 13, 1999 | From Reuters
Indonesia's foreign minister on Friday ruled out a prolonged transition period on the road to independence for the rebel territory of East Timor, but he said he hoped that the Timorese would opt for autonomy within Indonesia rather than full independence. Ali Abdullah Alatas, who is attending a meeting of developing countries in the Jamaican resort of Montego Bay, said autonomy was "the most realistic, the most fair, the most viable and the most peaceful solution" for the region.
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February 11, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Indonesian soldiers parachuted into East Timor in 1975, in an invasion carried out with tacit U.S. approval, Marxist guerrillas in the island territory were there to greet them with a withering barrage of bullets. Many of the paratroopers died before hitting the ground. That was the beginning of a 24-year association that has never gotten much friendlier. It turned the former Portuguese colony into what Indonesian presidential candidate Amien Rais has called "a thorn in our flesh."
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February 11, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Indonesian soldiers parachuted into East Timor in 1975, in an invasion carried out with tacit U.S. approval, Marxist guerrillas in the island territory were there to greet them with a withering barrage of bullets. Many of the paratroopers died before hitting the ground. That was the beginning of a 24-year association that has never gotten much friendlier. It turned the former Portuguese colony into what Indonesian presidential candidate Amien Rais has called "a thorn in our flesh."
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