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"UNTAS [pro-integration group: ‘Uni Timor Aswain’] figures have called on Bishop Belo to retract the 13-point statement he recently issued regarding the conditions for return of pro-integration refugees. They want reconciliation with no preconditions." Sasando Pos

West Timor Press Summary

20th March

Sasando Pos

Bishop Belo's conditions for return of pro-integration refugees

UNTAS [pro-integration group: ‘Uni Timor Aswain’] figures have called on Bishop Belo to retract the 13-point statement he recently issued regarding the conditions for return of pro-integration refugees. They want reconciliation with no preconditions.

The Bishop’s statement was reported in yesterday’s SP as follows:

Those who wish to return to Timor Lorosae should be willing to meet the following conditions:

1. Accept the independence of ET and reject the idea of rejoining Indonesia

2. Accept the results of the 30 August 1999 referendum, as a political defeat for autonomy.

3. Willing to work with CNRT / Falintil to oppose propaganda, infiltration and guerrilla activities of the “red-and-whites.”

4. Willing to confess that the destruction of TL in 1999 was carried out by the Indonesian military and police with the help of the militias, and to condemn it.

5. Leaders of pro-integration groups (FPDK, BRTT, PPI, UNTAS) should be willing to publicly apologize to the people of TL and especially the victims of post-referendum violence for their collaboration and consent in the killing and destruction.

6. To do penance for their wrongdoing (Roman Catholic Catechism, #1459)

7. To allow and aid in the return of the refugees.

8. To integrate peacefully with the people of TL

9. The Church will use its influence and the facilities of its institutions to aid in the reintegration of the refugees

10. Those who return must be willing to become part of the political process and take part in the forthcoming elections.

11. Together with CNRT and the political parties, to take part in building a nation that is peaceful, just, democratic, and honors human rights.

12. When the independence of TL has been consolidated, national reconciliation must take place, followed by reconciliation with Indonesia and Portugal.

13. To those who choose to remain in Indonesia, we wish you peace. You will always be welcome in the land of your birth, the free and independent Timor Lorosae.


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