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Horta: E. Timor's future is also in Indonesia
BRUSSELS – The future of E. Timor that will become fully independent next year, needs lots of international support, including that from the people of the "new Indonesia" who are its immediate neighbors. "I think E. Timor's relationship with Indonesia can be much better. What I mean by the new Indonesia is one under the democratic government of President Abdurrahman Wahid, alias Gus Dur," said Jose Ramos Horta in an E. Timor donor's meeting in Brussels, Belgium on Tues. (5/12). Horta, who is Foreign Minister of the E. Timor transitional government, says the people of E. Timor were very impressed with Pres. Wahid's good intentions when, only a few months after becoming president of Indonesia, was willing to receive a visit from E. Timor independence leaders. "We greatly respect his good intentions, even when Indonesia is still in transition towards more democratic conditions. This kind of relationship is very important for an independent E. Timor," he said. He said E. Timor is just a little country so that it needs international support, among others from donor countries coordinated by the World Bank with support from the UN and European union. Such relations will help to determine not only welfare conditions, but also security conditions.
Director of the International Organization of the Indonesia Foreign Affairs Dept., Soejadman P., who attended the meeting, said, "While E. Timor donor nations talk about their commitment to give financial aid, Indonesia has the position of providing general policy as E. Timor's closest neighbor."