• Short Summary

    Indonesia's President Suharto and a group of government officials paid and historic visit to the former Portuguese Colony of East Timor on Monday (17 July).

  • Description

    1.
    GV: President Suharto and wife down steps of aircraft at Bacau Airport and greeted.
    0.29

    2.
    GV AND SV: dancers perform as Suharto mingles among dancers. (3 shots)
    1.01

    3.
    GV AND SV: crowds waving flags as Suharto leaves.
    1.09

    4.
    GV: street scenes in Dili.
    1.12

    5.
    SV: bullet holes in side of building.
    1.18

    6.
    GV: troops patrolling streets and truck load along street. (3 shots)
    1.36

    7.
    GV: television transmitter.
    1.44

    8.
    SV: night scene ??? Suharto presses button to open television facility.
    1.54

    9.
    CU: Television monitor
    1.57

    10.
    SV TILT UP: Mrs Suharto cuts tape that releases balloons and flag.
    2.06

    11.
    SV AND CU: crowd watching television broadcast. (4 shots)
    2.18

    12.
    GV: President Suharto entering building.
    2.24

    13.
    GV AND SV: Suharto speaking and being applauded.
    2.48


    The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution in 1976 reaffirming "the inalienable right of the people of East Timor to self-determination and independence and the legitimacy of their struggle to achieve that right". But, according to the Indonesian government, there are only a few Fretilin supporters left.




    Initials RH/0215



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Indonesia's President Suharto and a group of government officials paid and historic visit to the former Portuguese Colony of East Timor on Monday (17 July). It is the first time an Indonesian President has visited the territory, which "became the 27th province "two years ago in a controversial deal made with the People's Representative Council of East Timor. In a civil war that raged in 1975 and 1976, pro-merger Timorese Forces, supported by Indonesian volunteers and regular troops, defeated the pro-Communist Fretilin Independence movement. The civil war displaced thousands of people who fled the mountain villages when fighting was heaviest.

    SYNOPSIS: President Suharto arrived at Bacau Airport with an entourage made up of his wife, eight Cabinet Ministers and ambassadors and representatives from the five member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations. He also invited foreign journalists to cover the two-day visit. This is the first film coverage of East Timor since the announced end of Civil War, two and half years ago.

    Dozens of Timorese dancers greeted the visitors with traditional sword dances. The visit marks the second anniversary of the declaration of East Timor's "integration with Indonesia". As part of bringing life in East Timor back to normal the President announced the opening of the airport to the public, and removed a ban on civilian travel. The Indonesians are hoping to re-open the lucrative tourist market that thrived before the civil war.

    Crowds at the airport held signs and banners welcoming the President and his wife, Tien Suharto.

    Many main buildings in Dill, had been freshly painted, but some still bear the marks of the civil war.

    Security forces remain on alert, and the military are highly visible. A midnight curfew is still in force despite the Indonesian government's claim that the Fretilin movement had dwindled to a few disillusioned members, suffering from starvation and lack of ammunition.

    Concerned about East Timor's isolation from the Jakarta government, the Indonesians have introduced the first television service to the island. During his visit, President Suharto pushed a ceremonial button which officially opened the station. The Indonesians say that television is part of their development strategy. Educational and agricultural programs will be broad cast. The central government pumps about six times as much money into development in East Timor each year as the Portuguese did annually when they ruled the province. This was the first glimpse of television for the Timorese, who gathered at sets placed in public places.

    President Suharto addressed a special session of the East Timor Provincial Assembly on Monday (17 July). He argued the people help rebuild the island's economy. He spoke of the Fretilin pro-Communist factions still in the jungle areas, and called for an end to what he called "terrorism by irresponsible elements". He declared the provincial capital of Dili open to trade and commerce; his government wants to reopen the East Timor region to other areas of Indonesia.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA34SHAL4G0I24AHUNZFVGRGT5F
    Media URN:
    VLVA34SHAL4G0I24AHUNZFVGRGT5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment