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“We are not accepting the accusations made against us by Ramos Horta, Mari Alkatari and Lu-Olo that we are linked with the TNI. Prove it! If they can’t prove the allegations then we will take them to court ­ both nationally and internationally,” Antonio Aitahan Matak, General Co-ordinator of CPD-RDTL

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Friday 30 March 2001

RDTL’s Antonio Aitahan Matak Wants Proof

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The General Co-ordinator of CPD-RDTL Antonio Aitahan Matak wants proof that his party, CPD-RDTL, is linked to certain dark elements in Indonesia who intend to use the organization to create unrest in Timor Lorosae.

“We are not accepting the accusations made against us by Ramos Horta, Mari Alkatari and Lu-Olo that we are linked with the TNI. Prove it! If they can’t prove the allegations then we will take them to court ­ both nationally and internationally,” said Aithan Matak.

According to the CPD-RDTL activist, the party does not have any links with Indonesia. For that reason, he said, he wanted Ramos Horta, Xanana Gusmao and Sergio de Mello ­ who had good ties with Indonesia ­ to invite Indonesian President Gus Dur to visit Timor Lorsae to answer these allegations.

“I want Ramos Horta and Mari Alkatari to withdraw their allegations [against CPD-RDTL] and issue an apology in both the print and electronic media,” said Aitahan Matak.

CPD-RDTL also urged Xanana Gusmao, Mari Alkatari and Sergio de Mello to disband all political parties in the country.
“Develop the country first and then later we can establish political parties,” said Aithan Matak.


See these items on the CPD-RDTL:
(Popular Defense Committee-Democratic Republic of East Timor)

Mar 30 STL: CPD-RDTL’s Antonio Aitahan Matak Wants Proof  News from ETimor
“We are not accepting the accusations made against us by Ramos Horta, Mari Alkatari and Lu-Olo that we are linked with the TNI. Prove it! If they can’t prove the allegations then we will take them to court ­ both nationally and internationally,” Antonio Aitahan Matak, General Co-ordinator of CPD-RDTL

Mar 28 LUSA: Fretilin's First President Announces New 'Third Way' Party  News
"He [Francisco Xavier do Amaral] has repeatedly been linked to the radical party CPD-RDTL (Popular Defense Committee-Democratic Republic of East Timor), which indicated he was the group’s top official for education and culture in its founding document." JBC, Lusa

Mar 18 PUB: Extracts from an interview with Abílio  Interview
"Are you refuting, therefore, the accusation that you are financing the CDP-RDTL ? What I refute is being behind the alleged attempt on the life of Xanana Gusmão and other acts of violence. I do not deny that, should someone ask me for money and if I happen to have some, I would help that person." Abílio Araújo, President, Timorese Nationalist Party (PNT)

Mar 17 SMH: UN fears sabotage of ETimor elections  News
"The UN memo says CPD-RDTL supporters had clashed with members of the East Timorese pro-independence Fretilin party on Atauro on February 22, the same time as the seven Indonesians [suspected spies] were seen there. Last week, Mr Gusmao warned of links between senior RDTL officials and shadowy Indonesian army intelligence agents." Mark Dodd, Herald Correspondent in Dili

Mar 15 STL: Bishop Belo: Do not choose party that destroys Timor  News from ETimor
“I have met with Fretilin, UDT, and even with CPD-RDTL (Aitahan Matak, Fil Fernandes and Feliciano). I said to them that I would only support parties in Timor that work for peace, democracy human rights justice, social peace, tolerance. The church supports pluralism and democracy in East Timor." Bishop Belo

Mar 12 TP: Fretilin Declaration: Do Not Commit Violence  News from ETimor
"In the last few days, the symbols of Fretilin, especially the RDTL flag, have been used by certain groups to create trouble and to deceive the people into carrying out demonstrations, violence and other undesirable actions." Lu Olo (president) and Mari Alkatiri (vice-president) of Fretilin

Mar 9 STL: Fretilin Not Behind CPD-RDTL  News from ETimor
"Their [CPD-RDTL] actions on Wednesday were criminal in nature. They are using the Fretilin flag without our agreement. And we have reminded them umpteen times to stop using Fretilin symbols, but to no avail,” Mari Alkatari, Fretilin Vice-President

Mar 7 CNRT/CNP: A Threat on the life of the President  Press Conference summary of events
"Commissioner Costa e Souza [of CivPol] ended his report by stating that he has no doubt that this was a planned action designed to disturb the meeting between President Xanana Gusmão and the students and that given the level of violence it was also designed to threaten the life of the President." National Council of Timorese Resistance/Congresso Nacional Presidency (CNRT/CNP)

Portuguese:
Feb 12 OTL: Movimentos e partidos Pró autonomia: evolução desde o referendo  Report
"No interior de Timor Leste, um grupo radical confronta-se, por vezes violentamente, com o CNRT e a Fretilin. Reclama-se da República Democrática de Timor Leste (RDTL), proclamada pela Fretilin em 1975, mas o seu dirigente e a sua prática ligam-no a Abílio Araújo, defensor da autonomia na Indonésia aquando da campanha do referendo." Observatório Timor Leste

Feb 12 ETO: Political Movements and Parties: pro-autonomy  Report
"Inside East Timor, a radical Timorese group is opposing, sometimes violently, the CNRT and Fretilin. They are calling for a return of the Democratic Republic of East Timor (RDTL), proclaimed by Fretilin in 1975. However, there are links between the RDTL’s leader and activities and Abílio Araújo who, at the time of the referendum, advocated autonomy within Indonesia for East Timor." East Timor Observatory

Feb 12 Xanana: Symposium on “Reconciliation, Tolerance, Human Rights and Elections”  Speech
"the CPD-RDTL, made up of lunatics and incipient politicians that has already been disturbing the population in certain places. CPD-RDTL has demonstrated an ability to mobilize young people, many of whom were not a part of the clandestine organizations, to act violently in some places of the territory. In Dili, they have been promoting young people towards violence and towards the disrespect of law and order." Xanana Gusmão, President CNRT/NC

Jan 30 SMH: Community radio fights campaign of fear  News
"Already one political party, a breakaway faction of Fretilin, has been involved in violent clashes in the district. RDTL, a Portuguese acronym for Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (East Timor), is accused of receiving cash from Indonesian sources to support the cause of integration, according to the East Timor independence leader, Mr Xanana Gusmao. RDTL's ability to organise in remote rural areas has taken many East Timorese and senior UN political officials by surprise. Mr Deligia said: "They have been very dynamic in the last two or three months. There have been a series of small incidents appearing on an almost daily basis." " Mark Dodd

Jan 15 IPS: Road to Nationhood neither Straight nor Short  News
"The fears of CNRT officials lie in what they say is a campaign, ahead of political season, of ''misinformation'' by pro-Indonesian groups like one called the Council for the Popular Defense of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (CPD-RDTL). The group is said to be linked to former Indonesian armed forces chief Wiranto and military officials involved in the violence after the September 1999 vote." Johanna Son


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