• Short Summary

    Political manoeuvring has intensified both in and around Portuguese Timor since the announcement of impending independence for the colony.

  • Description

    Political manoeuvring has intensified both in and around Portuguese Timor since the announcement of impending independence for the colony.

    Indonesia, which administers the western half of Timor Island and Australia, which is 200 miles from the island, have been following events with interest.

    There have been reports from the semi-official Indonesian newsagency, Antara, saying Portuguese Timor is heading for a Communist takeover, while the Australian press has said Indonesia plans to invade the colony.

    Both reports have been denied.

    The main fear for Indonesia would seem to be the threat of a Communist takeover in Timor. Australia has bene involved in oil exploration in the area in recent years.

    Outwardly, thee seem to have been few changes in the colony since the overthrow of the Portuguese Government last April.

    However, the army has been reduced from two-thousand to about 200 and the Administrator has been replaced by a Governor sympathetic to the armed forces in Portugal.

    Political activity among the colony's 600,000 residents also has increased and thee are now four parties, two wanting independence, one wanting union with Indonesia and the other union with Australia.

    All four say they have no Communist affiliations.

    From Antara, however, come reports of refugees fleeing to Indonesian territory because of political persecution in Portuguese Timor.

    But the two groups wanting independence, the Revolutionary Front for the Independence of Timor, and the Timorese Democratic Union, say they want agreement with the Portuguese authorities on a data for independence.

    This probably won't come until later this year when Portuguese officials have said they will visit the colony.

    Meanwhile the Indonesian Army has announced it is to repair 100 kilometres of roads near the border on Timor.

    The announcement came after the Australian Government received reports of an Indonesian military build-up on Timor and informed the Indonesian Government it would be concerned at any unilateral action to seize the Portuguese colony.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4GSUOFBJ80OQ2RX11RTAYQQIB
    Media URN:
    VLVA4GSUOFBJ80OQ2RX11RTAYQQIB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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