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Political Party PTT
Partido Trabalhista Timorense
Partai Buruh Timor
Timor Labour Party


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Up-Dated: Sep 22 2001

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Partido Trabalhista Timorense
Acronym: PTT
C No: 33
Leader: Paulo Freitas da Silva Guterres
Address: Rya Travessa de Befonte No 2/B - Bairro Formosa, Dili - Timor Loro
Sae
Contact: Tel 322807/0419707533
From: Aug 5 Contact info for ET political parties

April 2001 ACFOA: Walsh: East Timor's Political Party Profiles: PTT  Complete text of report [150KB] added May 22
"TRABALHISTA was established in 1974 by the current President, Paulo Freitas da Silva, and the late Albano and Alpidio Abrao Martins. The Party supported independence but favoured a phased process and continuing links with Portugal. Paulo Freitas da Silva wrote to then Australian Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, requesting Australian troops to keep the peace in East Timor - a request which was denied. A TRABALHISTA official signed the 1975 Balibo Declaration calling for Indonesian intervention but officials today state that this was done in a private capacity. Whatever the case, Indonesia used TRABALHISTA for propaganda advantage. Party president, Paulo Freitas da Silva, signed a statement dated 25 July 1998 rejecting Indonesia’s offer of autonomy and calling for a referendum. TRABALHISTA stresses that August 1999 marked a divide, that everything prior to that date has been ‘wiped away’ (dihapuskan) and a fresh start is being made." Pat Walsh, Human rights consultant, Australian Council for Overseas Aid

Bahasa Indonesia:
Maret 2001 ACFOA: Partai-Partai Dan Kelompok-Kelompok Politik Di Timor Timur: PTT  Téks [150KB] added June 29
"TRABALHISTA didirikan pada tahun 1974 oleh Presidennya yang sekarang, Paulo Freitas da Silva, dan almarhum Albano dan Alpidio Abrao Martins. Partai ini mendukung kemerdekaan namun memilih proses yang bertahap dan memiliki link yang terus menerus dengan Portugal. Paulo Freitas da Silva pernah menulis kepada Perdana Menteri dari Partai Buruh Australia pada waktu itu, Gough Whitlam, meminta tentara Australia untuk menjaga keamanan di Timor Timur – permintaan tersebut ditolak. Seorang pejabat TRABALHISTA menandatangani Deklarasi Balibo pada tahun 1975 meminta campur tangan Indonesia namun pemimpin-pemimpin saat ini menyatakan bahwa hal ini dilakukan melalui kapasitas pribadi. Apapun halnya, Indonesia menggunakan TRABALHISTA untuk keuntungan propaganda. Presiden Partai, Paulo Freitas da Silva, menandatangani pernyataan tertanggal 25 Juli 1998 menolak tawaran otonomi dari Indonesia dan menyerukan referendum. TRABALHISTA menekankan bahwa Agustus 1999 menandai suatu pembagian, di mana segala sesuatu sebelum tanggal itu telah ‘dihapus’ dan suatu awal yang baru sementara dilakukan." Pat Walsh, Badan Bantuan Luar Negeri Australia


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