• Short Summary

    Special United Nations envoy Vittorio Winspeare Guiccardi talked with Indonesian President Suharto and Foreign Minister Adam Malik on Friday (16 January) about the situation in the troubled former Portuguese colony of East Timor.

  • Description

    Special United Nations envoy Vittorio Winspeare Guiccardi talked with Indonesian President Suharto and Foreign Minister Adam Malik on Friday (16 January) about the situation in the troubled former Portuguese colony of East Timor.

    Signor Guiccardi, who is due to fly to East Timor on Monday (19 January), described his meeting with president Suharto as "satisfactory". The United Nations Security Council sent Signor Guiccardi for a first hand look at East Timor. Indonesia owns the other half of the island.

    There has been fighting in East Timor since last year. The left-wing Fretilin Independence Movement appeared to be gaining the upper hand in a civil war when they were routed by a counter attack by Djakarta-backed forces seeking a merger with Indonesia and Indonesian troops. The Indonesian troops are still officially termed "volunteers" by the Indonesian government.

    Asked if he would try to meet the Fretilin leaders who have reportedly been drive into the hills by the pro-Indonesian forces, Signor Guiccardi said, "I would like to meet as many people as possible. This is not a propaganda mission and I shall report to the Security Council Secretariat".

    Australian Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock is expected in Djakarta on Monday (19 January). He is apparently seeking an explanation of a reported statement by mr. Malik calling for the annexation of East Timor by Indonesia. Mr. Malik has denied making such a statement.

    SYNOPSIS: Indonesian President Suharto's private resident in the capital Djakarta where United Nations Special Envoy Signor Guiccardi called for talks on Friday. The United Nations Security Council sent Signor Guiccardi to discuss the troubled former Portuguese colony of East Timor with the Indonesian Government and see East Timor for himself. There has been fighting in East Timor since last year.

    The left-wing Fretilin Independence Movement appeared to be gaining the upper hand in the civil war when they were routed by a counter attack by Indonesian troops, Djakarta-backed local forces seeking a merger with Indonesia. Signor Guiccardi also met Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik. The other half of the island of Timor is Indonesian.

    Signor Guiccardi has agreed he would also like to meet the leaders of Fretilin who have reportedly been driven into the hills. He said he was not on a propaganda mission and would be reporting to the Security Council Secretariat. Australian Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock is due in Djakarta on Monday. He is apparently seeking explanation of Mr. Malik's alleged call for the annexation of East Timor by Indonesia.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4I3SAPN9ADNRMC8KUGV3CJCGG
    Media URN:
    VLVA4I3SAPN9ADNRMC8KUGV3CJCGG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    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