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June 19, 1999 | Reuters
Rival armed factions in East Timor agreed Friday to surrender their weapons and maintain peace in the bloodied territory ahead of a U.N.-sponsored ballot on its future scheduled for Aug. 8. Both parties "agreed to promote order and security and a conducive peace," said a statement signed by resistance leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao and pro-Indonesia leader Domingos Soares. A U.N.
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September 8, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years after he was sentenced to life in prison, East Timorese independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao is a free man today, transformed from guerrilla fighter into statesman. But it may be some time before the charismatic Gusmao can return to the homeland where he spent 17 years in the forests fighting Indonesian troops and pursuing his dream of an independent nation called Timor Lorosae--Land of the Rising Sun.
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September 8, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years after he was sentenced to life in prison, East Timorese independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao is a free man today, transformed from guerrilla fighter into statesman. But it may be some time before the charismatic Gusmao can return to the homeland where he spent 17 years in the forests fighting Indonesian troops and pursuing his dream of an independent nation called Timor Lorosae--Land of the Rising Sun.
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June 19, 1999 | Reuters
Rival armed factions in East Timor agreed Friday to surrender their weapons and maintain peace in the bloodied territory ahead of a U.N.-sponsored ballot on its future scheduled for Aug. 8. Both parties "agreed to promote order and security and a conducive peace," said a statement signed by resistance leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao and pro-Indonesia leader Domingos Soares. A U.N.
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March 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao resigned as head of East Timor's interim parliament, complaining that political squabbling was hampering preparations for full independence. Gusmao said the National Council, which consists of 36 U.N.-appointed members, no longer reflects the views of the people. He appears to be angry that his own party, Fretilin, blocked a proposal to canvass all of East Timor's 600,000 people about their views.
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September 27, 1999 | Reuters
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright demanded Sunday that the Indonesian army stop "colluding" with militias against East Timorese in West Timorese refugee camps and warned that U.S. aid would remain suspended until the situation vastly improves. The U.S.-Indonesian relationship "cannot return to what has been a normal basis until these various issues are resolved," Albright said after talks with East Timorese leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao.
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April 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Pro-Jakarta militias held a rally in East Timor, saying they were consolidating forces to fight off moves toward independence from Indonesia for the disputed territory. They described a call to arms this week by pro-independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao as a declaration of war and said they would fight on even if Indonesian forces quit the territory. Militia spokesman Basilio Araujo said 15,000 people attended the rally.
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April 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of supporters of the two candidates in East Timor's first presidential election rallied, marking the end of the three-week campaign for a vote that is widely expected to be a landslide. More than 1,000 people danced in Dili, the capital, outside the offices of Francisco Xavier do Amaral, the underdog in Sunday's election to former guerrilla leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao. Across town, about 5,000 cheered as aides dressed Gusmao in a traditional sarong and headdress.
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February 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao, a potent symbol of resistance during decades of colonial rule by Indonesia, officially declared himself a candidate in East Timor's first presidential election. Gusmao will run with the support of 11 of the 16 political parties, party officials said. But he has thus far rejected support from the Fretilin party, the political arm of the guerrilla movement that fought Indonesian rule and which holds 55 of the 88 seats in the constituent assembly.
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April 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of pro-Indonesia East Timorese rallied in a show of force, as a pro-independence activist was reported shot dead in a clash with Indonesian security forces. In New York, the United Nations warned that a scheduled ballot on the territory's future was in jeopardy because of mounting violence. Armed with spears, machetes and homemade guns, about 2,500 militiamen from all over the former Portuguese colony gathered in Viqueque, east of the capital, Dili.
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March 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
East Timor independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao had an emotional reunion Wednesday with Nelson Mandela--their first meeting since Gusmao was released from an Indonesian prison in September. Gusmao said he was inspired to keep struggling through seven years of imprisonment by the example of Mandela, who spent 27 years in South African prisons under the apartheid regime.
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