OJETIL said the dissolution was a betrayal to East Timors history and was not done in consultation with all political parties, in particular Fretilin. Fretilin, OJETIL said, underwent great sacrifice under difficult circumstances to start Fretilin as a resistance force. Fretilin together with Falintil, said the letter, carried out the struggle for East Timors freedom for the past 24 years.
The dissolution of Falintil, said OJETIL, also was a betrayal to the Falintil fighters who gave their lives for East Timors freedom from the Indonesians.
East Timorese society feel sad that Falintil, as the Armed Forces of the Maubere people, has been sacrificed to accommodate the political interests of certain groups, said OJETIL.