BACK DOOR Newsletter on East Timor     home.........themes ....... search

BACK DOOR Newsletter on East Timor

Pro-autonomy Political Parties & Movements
Pró autonomia Partidos políticos e Movimentos
Partai pendukung otonomi:


Receive FREE weekly email site-updates: email wildwood@pcug.org.au and include the words "Subscribe BACK DOOR" in the message header. more info
Up-Dated: Dec 18 2001

NEW = Added to BACK DOOR Website since last Monday's Emailout


Contents:
Pro-autonomy / Pró autonomia:
UNTAS – ‘Uni Timor Aswain’ / United Heroes of Timor
PNT - Partido Nacionalista Timorense / Timorese Nationalist Party
CPD-RDTL - Popular Defense Committee-Democratic Republic of East Timor


Pro-autonomy / Pró autonomia:

Note: Pro-autonomy forces favour the integration of East Timor into Indonesia. Pro-autonomy forces often have operations based within Indonesia. As such, their status as East Timorese political forces is questionable.

Portuguese:
Dec 3 OTL: A Reconciliação
Reportagem de Dec 18
"É todavia inegável que actualmente o problema maior é a reconciliação da maioria com a parte pró autonomia e o repatriamento de milhares de Timorenses ainda deslocados na Indonésia e que querem voltar. Este regresso pesa demasiado sobre o processo de reconciliação mas não deveria servir como moeda de troca para obter amnistias. Para evitar este perigo são as autoridades indonésias que devem criar as condições para um livre regresso, e a pressão internacional pode acelerar o processo." Observatório Timor Leste

Dec 3 ETO: Reconciliation  Overview added Dec 15
"Unquestionably, the main challenge is the reconciliation of the majority of Timorese with minority pro-autonomy side and repatriation of the thousands who are still displaced in Indonesia and wish to return. Although their return is a primary objective of the reconciliation process, it should not be used as leverage to secure amnesties. To avert this danger, the Indonesian authorities should ensure conditions are in place permitting the refugees to return freely. International pressure could accelerate this process." East Timor Observatory

October 2001 LHB: Commission for Reception, Truth & Reconciliation  Overview added Nov 9
"Recently, the CRTR’s Interim Office held meetings with pro-autonomy leaders to explain the rationale behind the CRTR. As Francisco Guterres, a member of the Interim Office, states, “It is important that militia members see the CRTR furthering their long-term interests. Without their participation in the reconciliation process, they will be isolated from their communities.” If the CRTR is to attract refugees in West Timor to return, it will need cooperation from higher-level militia members who control the movement of the refugees." La'o Hamutuk: East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis

Jun 14 CSUCS: Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - East Timor Chapter  Report added June 25
"Past Child Recruitment and Deployment: The Indonesian armed forces provided pro-integration militias – particularly KOPASSUS special forces – with training, arms and funding. “The first time they took me from my house we had to rape a woman and then kill anything we could find like animals and people. They ordered us to rape. We did this together. Everyday we were taken by them by car to burn houses, kill animals and harass people ... They screamed and shouted when they had killed people and showed off their machetes covered in blood and said ‘Eat the People’.” Former Militia Child Soldier, 16 years old." Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

April 2001 ACFOA: Walsh: East Timor's Political Party Profiles Complete text of report [150KB] updated June 30
"ACFOA has commissioned these ‘briefing notes’ to offer its members and East Timor’s many friends around the world a window into these political parties and movements which have shaped and will continue to shape the political landscape in East Timor’s development." Australian Council for Overseas Aid
Includes sections on Pro-autonomy parties: BRTT: East Timor People’s Front; CPD-RDTL: Popular Council for the Defence of the Democratic Republic of East Timor; PDM: Maubere Democratic Party; PNT: Timorese Nationalist Party; PPT: People’s Party of Timor. - BD

Major Report
31 Jan 2000 KPP HAM's Secret Report on Crimes Against Humanity in East Timor
"KPP HAM has been successful in collecting facts and proofs that provide strong indications that serious violations of human rights have been carried out in a planned and systematic manner and on a large and wide scale in the form of mass murder, torture and maltreatment, forced disappearance, violence towards women and children (including rape and sexual slavery), forced evacuations, scorched earth policies and destruction of property, all of which constitute crimes towards humanity. ...
KPP HAM also found strong evidence concerning getting rid of and destroying evidence, which is a criminal act. ...
The types of acts and the pattern of crimes against humanity were as follows: The involvement of the civilian and military apparatuses including the police cooperated with the pro-integration militia groups in crimes against humanity. This represented abuse of power and authority and resulted in the involvement of military institutions as well as civil agencies." Indonesian Commission of Investigation into Human Rights Violations (KPP HAM)

Bahasa Indonesia:
Maret 2001 ACFOA: Partai-Partai Dan Kelompok-Kelompok Politik Di Timor TimurTéks [150KB] updated June 30
"ACFOA telah mengangkat ‘catatan briefing’ ini untuk menawarkan bagi anggotanya dan bagi banyak teman Timor Timur di seluruh dunia suatu jendela untuk masuk ke dalam partai-partai ini dan gerakan-gerakan yang telah dan akan terus membentuk tatanan politik dalam pembangunan Timor Timur." Badan Bantuan Luar Negeri Australia
Isi: Pró autonomia Partidos políticos: BRTT: Barisan Rakyat Timor Timur; CPD-RDTL: Badan Populer untuk Pertahanan Republik Demokrasi Timor Timur; PDM Partai Demokrasi Maubere; PNT: Partai Nasionalis Timor; PPT: Partai Rakyat Timor. - BD

Feb 12 ETO: Political Movements and Parties: pro-autonomy  Report
"How have the pro-autonomy movements evolved since the August 1999 referendum, in which 78,5% of the electors voted in favour of independence? The two main groups, the militias and their political wing (UNTAS), both operating from within Indonesia, oppose the presence of relief organisations so they can maintain control over the refugees, without whom they would lose their power. They send armed men into East Timor to incite a guerrilla struggle, and still receive political and military support in Indonesia. Only one high-ranking militia leader has accepted the reality of the referendum; he announced the formation of a political party in order to run in the elections, under the colours of the Indonesian flag. His fellow pro-Indonesia militants, however, call him a traitor as they refuse to accept the referendum results. International pressure is beginning to have an effect: two militia leaders have been arrested and others, fearing the same fate, are threatening to reveal all about the Indonesian armed forces that supplied them with weapons and incited them to kill." East Timor Observatory

Portuguese:
Feb 12 OTL: Movimentos e partidos Pró autonomia: evolução desde o referendo  Report
"Como evoluíram os movimentos pró autonomia desde o referendo de Agosto 1999, em que 78,5% dos eleitores votaram a favor da independência? Os dois principais grupos, as milícias e o seu braço político (UNTAS), refugiados na Indonésia, opõem-se às organizações humanitárias para assegurar o controlo dos refugiados, sem o qual perderiam o seu poder; enviam homens armados para Timor Leste para fomentar uma luta de guerrilha e continuam a ter apoios, políticos e militares, na Indonésia. Só um alto dirigente das milícias aceitou o resultado do referendo, vindo anunciar a criação dum partido político para concorrer às eleições, mas com as cores da bandeira indonésia. Porém, é chamado de traidor pelos seus pares, que não aceitam a independência de Timor Leste. As pressões internacionais começam a produzir efeitos, dois chefes das milícias foram detidos e os que receiam a mesma sorte ameaçam denunciar as forças armadas indonésias, que os armaram e incitaram a matar." Observatório Timor Leste
 

UNTAS: the political wing of the militias

Uni Timor Aswain /
Persatuan Para Pejuang Timor /
United Heroes of Timor

Portuguese:
Out 25 OTL: A Indonésia deixa o regresso dos refugiados nas mãos dos dirigentes pró-autonomia
Reportagem de Dec 18
"[refugiados] Os regressos aumentaram bruscamente quando alguns dirigentes que haviam defendido a autonomia na Indonésia decidiram aceitar a independência e voltar para Timor Leste levando consigo um grande número de refugiados. Representam mais de 75% dos repatriamentos desde 14 de Setembro o que evidencia o peso que os chefes de milícias/UNTAS continuam a ter sobre os refugiados em Timor Ocidental. Quanto ao poder indonésio, as suas hesitações e contradições mostram não só a sua falta de vontade de resolver um problema que causou, mas também falta de interesse em esclarecer o passado e evitar os mesmos erros no futuro." Observatório Timor Leste

Oct 25 ETO: Refugees’ repatriation to ETimor in the hands of pro-autonomy leaders  Article added Nov 8
"Returns [of 'refugees'] to East Timor suddenly increased when some leaders, who had hitherto been staunch supporters of autonomy in Indonesia, decided to recognise independence and advocate repatriation to East Timor, taking with them a large number of refugees. Repatriation in these circumstances account for over 75% of the returns since 14 September - clear evidence of the influence that militia/UNTAS leaders still wield over refugees in West Timor. The delays and contradictions on the part of Indonesia illustrate not only lack of will to resolve a problem that it caused itself, but also a lack of interest in clarifying the past and avoiding the same mistakes in the future." East Timor Observatory

Portuguese:
Feb 12 OTL: Movimentos e partidos Pró autonomia: evolução desde o referendo  Report
"UNTAS - ‘Uni Timor Aswain’ (Aswain significa Heróis). organização que surge em Timor Ocidental a 5-2-2000, é a sucessora do FPDK, ‘Forum Persatuan, Demokrasi dan Keadilan’ (Forum Unidade, Democracia e Justiça), criado antes do referendo para dar cobertura política às milícias. A UNTAS afirma que o referendo promovido pelas Nações Unidas foi fraudulento. Principais dirigentes: Domingos das Dores Soares, Basílio Dias Araújo e Filomeno de Jesus Hornay. ...
Os dois principais grupos [pró autonomia], as milícias e o seu braço político (UNTAS), refugiados na Indonésia, opõem-se às organizações humanitárias para assegurar o controlo dos refugiados, sem o qual perderiam o seu poder; enviam homens armados para Timor Leste para fomentar uma luta de guerrilha e continuam a ter apoios, políticos e militares, na Indonésia." Observatório Timor Leste

Feb 12 ETO: Political Movements and Parties: pro-autonomy  Report
"UNTAS – ‘Uni Timor Aswain’ (Aswain means Heroes), an organisation created in West Timor on 5 Feb. 2000, is the successor to the FPDK (‘Forum Persatuan, Demokrasi dan Keadilan’ – Unity, Democracy & Justice Forum), which was set up before the referendum to provide political cover for the militias. UNTAS maintains that the UN-organised referendum was fraudulent.
Its leading figures are: Domingos das Dores Soares, Basílio Dias Araújo and Filomeno de Jesus Hornay. ...
The two main [pro-autonomy] groups, the militias and their political wing (UNTAS), both operating from within Indonesia, oppose the presence of relief organisations so they can maintain control over the refugees, without whom they would lose their power. They send armed men into East Timor to incite a guerrilla struggle, and still receive political and military support in Indonesia." East Timor Observatory
 

PNT

Partido Nacionalista Timorense /
Partai Nasionalis Timor /
Timorese Nationalist Party

Updated Sep 22

Partido Nacionalista Timorense
Acronym: PNT
C No: 60
Leader: Alianga Araujo
Address: Matadouro - Petemakan / Dili
Contact: Tel 323518/0409148286
From: Aug 5 Contact info for ET political parties

Bahasa Indonesia:
Sep 10 Teks Pakta Persatuan Nasional (ditanda tangani 8 July 2001)  Terjemahan ditambahkan tanggal 22 Sep
"Pakta Persatuan Nasional: Yakin bahwa ada keperluan untuk menciptakan dan memelihara suasana yang damai dan stabil sebagai dasar pertama untuk pembangunan berkelanjutan Timor Lorosa'e; Mengingat primsip2 mentahbiskan dalam Magna Carta yang disetujui dalam Konvensi Nasional Timor Timur dalam Pengasingan yang pertama diadakan di Peniche, Portugal, tertanggal 25 April 1998; Menyadari kebutuhan menjaminkan suasana penghormatan dan kepercayaan satu sama lain; ... " Pakta ini ditandatagani, kapada taggal 8 July 2001 oleh semua partai polik Timor Lorosa'e, kecuali PARENTIL dan PNT.

Aug 20 Text of Pact of National Unity (signed July 8th)  Text added Sep 22
"Pact of National Unity: Convinced of the need to create and maintain an atmosphere of peace and stability as primary grounds for the sustainable development of East Timor; Considering the principles consecrated in the Magna Carta approved at the First National Convention of East Timor, which took place in 1998, in Peniche, Portugal; Conscious of the need to assure an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust ... " Signed by all parties except PARENTIL and PNT

Portuguese:
Jul 20 OTL: As eleições para a Assembleia Constituinte e os Partidos Políticos  Report added July 26
"PNT: Fundado em 1999 defendeu a autonomia na Indonésia em 1999 mas aceitou o resultado e participou no CN formado pelas NU apesar de fortes críticas à UNTAET e ao CNRT. O seu fundador, Abílio Araújo, foi chefe da delegação da FRETILIN no exterior antes de ser expulso em razão das suas ligações empresariais com a filha do presidente Suharto. Reside em Portugal mas defende ligações preferenciais com a Indonésia e a adopção do Bahasa indonésio como língua oficial. Apesar dessa proximidade com a Indonésia o PNT apoia o ultra-nacionalista (?) CPD-RDTL. O PNT não assinou o Pacto de Unidade Nacional." Observatório Timor Leste

Jul 20 ETO: Constituent Assembly Elections and the Political Parties  Report added July 24
"PNT: Founded in 1999, it supported autonomy in Indonesia, but accepted the result of the consultation and took part in the NC set up by the UN, in spite of its strong criticism of UNTAET and the CNRT. Its founder, Abílio Araújo, was leader of FRETILIN’s foreign delegation before being expelled because of his business links with former President Suharto’s daughter. He lives in Portugal but is in favour of preferential ties with Indonesia and the adoption of Bahasa Indonesia as the official language. In spite of close relations with Indonesia, the PNT supports the ultra-nationalist (?) CPD-RDTL, a group whose principle position appears to be its anti-UN stance. The PNT did not sign the National Unity Pact." East Timor Observatory

Tetum
Jul 8 Pacto Unidade Nacional Nian  Text added Sep 22
"Pacto Unidade Nacional Nian: Hatene tiha ona katak iha necessidade atu hamoris no kuda dame no hakmatek iha ita nia let hanesan alicerce fundamental ida hatu haburas Timor Lorosae; Hare ba principios lulik sutar makna nian nebe maka hetan provação huso convencão ba dala uluk iha tinan 1998 iha Piniche Portugal; Hatene tiha ona katak iha necicidade atu kuda iha ita nian let respeita malu no fiar malu; ... " Partidu ida-idak tau asinatura sira-nian iha lia-kotun. Maibé PARENTIL no PNT la tau asinatura.

April 2001 ACFOA: Walsh: East Timor's Political Party Profiles: PNTComplete text of report [150KB] added June 29
"President: Dr Abilio Araujo. Resides in Lisbon, Portugal. Economist, musician (composer of well known East Timorese songs ‘Foho Ramelau’ and ‘Funu nain Falintil’), Minister for Economic and Social Affairs in the 1975 Democratic Republic of East Timor (DRET). A controversial figure, he has been an avowed Marxist, successful businessman, Head of the FRETILIN External Delegation, associate of Siti Hardiyanti ‘Tutut’ Rukmana, daughter of Indonesia’s ex-president Suharto and advocate for autonomy. He was expelled from FRETILIN because of his dealings with Indonesia.Pat Walsh, Human rights consultant, Australian Council for Overseas Aid

Bahasa Indonesia:
Maret 2001 ACFOA: Partai-Partai Dan Kelompok-Kelompok Politik Di Timor Timur: PNT  Téks [150KB] added June 29
"Presiden: Dr Abilio Araujo. Tinggal di Lisbon, Portugal. Seorang ahli ekonomi, musisi (pencipta lagu Timor Timur yang terkenal ‘Foho Ramelau’ dan ‘Funu nain Falintil’), Menteri Sosial dan Perekonomian pada Republik Demokrasi Timor Timur (DRET) tahun 1975. Seorang tokoh yang kontroversial, yang diakui sebagai pengikut Marx, seorang pengusaha yang sukses, dan menjadi Pimpinan Delegasi Luar Negeri FRETILIN, rekan kerja Siti Hardiyanti ‘Tutut’ Rukmana, putri mantan Presiden Indonesia, Suharto dan pembela otonomi. Dikeluarkan dari FRETILIN karena keterlibatannya dengan Indonesia." Pat Walsh, Badan Bantuan Luar Negeri Australia

Portuguese:
Mar 5 OTL: Partidos políticos e Forças pró-independência  Report
"O Partido Nacionalista Timorense (PNT) e o grupo CDP-RDTL proclamam também defender a independência, mas as suas ligações com os sectores militares indonésios mais conservadores colocam-no no campo oposto." Observatório Timor Leste

Mar 5 ETO: Political parties and Pro-Independence Forces  Report
"The Timorese Nationalist party (PNT) and the CDP-RDTL group also claim they uphold independence. However, their ties with highly conservative sectors of the Indonesian military position them in the opposing camp." East Timor Observatory

Portuguese:
Feb 12 OTL: Movimentos e partidos Pró autonomia: evolução desde o referendo  Report
"PNT, Partido Nacionalista Timorense fundado por Abílio Araújo, ex-representante da Fretilin no exterior, demitido pelos seus pares após as suas alianças político-financeiras com Francisco Lopes da Cruz e o ‘clã’ Suharto, nomeadamente a filha mais velha do ex-presidente. O PNT é representado no Conselho Nacional por Aliança Araújo, irmã de Abílio Araújo. ...
Embora tenha defendido o voto do lado pró autonomia, Abílio Araújo “apelou a todos os timorenses de leste para lutar para eleições gerais dentro de dois ou três anos... para seu futuro como Estado independente” (Jakarta Post, 25-1). Este Estado teria fortes laços com a Indonésia, em particular a língua e a moeda, criticando a escolha da língua portuguesa feita por Xanana Gusmão. Abílio Araújo diz “nunca poder esquecer que pessoas não indígenas, como Ramos Horta e Xanana Gusmão se orgulham sempre do seu sangue português” (Jakarta Post, 25-3). O dirigente do PNT, que continua a viver em Portugal, critica as Nações Unidas: “a política da UNTAET é unicamente centrada sobre os interesses ocidentais, particularmente de Portugal e Austrália através do CNRT” (Antara, 20-4, BBC, 21-4)." Observatório Timor Leste

Feb 12 ETO: Political Movements and Parties: pro-autonomy  Report
"PNT – Timorese Nationalist Party was founded by Abílio Araújo, who used to be Fretilin’s overseas representative until being sacked by fellow militants over his political and financial ties with Francisco Lopes da Cruz and the Suharto clan, namely Suharto’s eldest daughter. The PNT’s representative on the National Council is Aliança Araújo, Abílio’s sister. ...
Although a supporter of autonomy, Abílio Araújo has “called on all East Timorese to push for general elections in two or three years… to lay a strong foundation for its future as a sovereign State” (Jakarta Post, 25-1). He maintained the new State would have strong ties with Indonesia, especially with regards language and currency, and has criticised Xanana Gusmão´s choice of Portuguese as official language. Abílio Araújo said he could “never forget how non-indigenous people like Ramos Horta and Xanana Gusmão always boast about their Portuguese blood” (Jakarta Post, 25-3). The PNT leader, who still lives in Portugal, has been critical of the UN: “UNTAET policy so far has only focused on the interests of the Western conspiracy, particularly Portugal and Australia, through the CNRT” (Antara, 20-4, BBC, 21-4)." East Timor Observatory
 

CPD-RDTL

Conselho Popular pela Defesa da Republica Democratica de Timor Leste /
Badan Populer untuk Pertahanan Republik Demokrasi Timor Timur /
Popular Defense Committee-Democratic Republic of East Timor

Portuguese:
Jul 20 OTL: As eleições para a Assembleia Constituinte e os Partidos Políticos  Report added July 26
"S.V.Mello declarou que "os maiores perigos são a ignorância, a desinformação e a confusão que delas resulta". "Os CPD-RDTL são um grupo de agitadores profissionais, pagos por outra causa que não é a causa timorense, e que, numericamente, não representam nada" (Lusa, 10-7-01). Este grupo pressiona a população de Dili aconselhando a fuga para as montanhas para evitar o banho de sangue que anuncia (Lusa, 12-7-01). ... Partidos políticos: 16 partidos foram registados, ... De notar que o CPD-RDTL, em conformidade com a sua recusa do processo constitucional organizado pelas NU, não se legalizou." Observatório Timor Leste

Jul 20 ETO: Constituent Assembly Elections and the Political Parties  Report added July 24
"S.V.Mello stated that "the main dangers come from ignorance, disinformation and the confusion they give rise to". "The CPD-RDTL is a group of professional agitators, in the pay of another cause that is not the Timorese cause, and which, numerically, represents no one." (Lusa, 10-7-01). The CPD-RDTL has pressured people in Dili, advising them to flee to the mountains to escape the blood bath they predicting. (Lusa, 12-7-01). ... Political parties: 16 parties were registered. ... Consistent with its rejection of the constitutional process organised by the UN, the CPD-RDTL did not seek legalisation." East Timor Observatory

April 2001 ACFOA: Walsh: East Timor's Political Party Profiles: CPD-RDTLComplete text of report [150KB] added June 29
"The organisation rejects claims that it is anti-Church or that it promotes violence, though its flag-raising and other activities are often conducted in sensitive areas at sensitive times. It has also rejected claims that it was responsible for the recent alleged assassination attempt on Xanana Gusmao and argues that its opponents are seeking to discredit it by circulating misinformation."  Pat Walsh, Human rights consultant, Australian Council for Overseas Aid

Apr 2 STL: Alkatari: Xavier Has No Right To Give Ultimatums  Interview from ETimor
"Xavier was not the person who initially started the Fretilin party. Xavier is not the founding father of Fretilin. When we formed Fretilin, as a party, that was when we invited Xavier ... As far as I know, there is only one Fretilin. There is no Fretilin ASDT, Fretilin CPD-RDTL,” Mari Alkatari, Vice-President of Fretilin

Bahasa Indonesia:
Maret 2001 ACFOA: Partai-Partai Dan Kelompok-Kelompok Politik Di Timor Timur: CPD-RDTL  Téks [150KB] added June 29
"Organisasi ini mengelak tuduhan bahwa mereka anti-gereja dan mendukung kekerasan, meskipun upacara bendera dan aktifitas lain yang mereka lakukan sering kali pada daerah-daerah rawan pada waktu yang sensitif pula. Mereka juga menolak tuduhan bahwa mereka bertanggung jawab atas tuduhan percobaan pembunuhan Xanana Gusmao baru-baru ini dan menyatakan bahwa lawan-lawannya mencoba mendiskreditkan mereka dengan menyebarkan informasi-informasi yang salah." Pat Walsh, Badan Bantuan Luar Negeri Australia

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: Francisco Xavier do Amaral 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:
Mar 5 OTL: Partidos políticos e Forças pró-independência  Report
"O Partido Nacionalista Timorense (PNT) e o grupo CDP-RDTL proclamam também defender a independência, mas as suas ligações com os sectores militares indonésios mais conservadores colocam-no no campo oposto. ... Com a excepção do grupo RDTL, a aprendizagem da democracia evitou até agora a violência, mas existem sinais preocupantes." Observatório Timor Leste

Mar 5 ETO: Political parties and Pro-Independence Forces  Report
"The Timorese Nationalist party (PNT) and the CDP-RDTL group also claim they uphold independence. However, their ties with highly conservative sectors of the Indonesian military position them in the opposing camp. ... So far, the only instances of clearly political violence have involved the RDTL group" East Timor Observatory

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


To add info regarding pro-autonomy political forces send to BACK DOOR's email address: wildwood@pcug.org.au
Information from East Timorese political parties or movements are especially welcomed. No postage required.