The leader of Portuguese Timor's leftist Fretilin Independence Movement, President Francisco Xavier Do Amaral, has said he fears Indonesia will invade his country.
GV People in streets of Dili
SV Shattered glass and window with bullet hole and bullet marks on building (3 shots)
GV Damaged coach and car
SV PAN Prisoners
SV Indonesian prisoner in cell (3 shots)
SV Sleeping Timorese guard
CU Maniaty asks questions of Do Amaral(2 shots)
CU Maniaty asks questions of Do Amaral
Portuguese Timor has been involved in civil war for the past few months. Now--as one of the liberation groups involved in the war--the Fretilin Independence Movement, appears to have gained control of the country, another alleged enemy--Indonesia--may prevent it from settling down to a normal existence. A.B.C. reporter Tony Maniaty takes up the story in the capital of Portuguese Timor, Dili.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "While the diplomatic moves step up people in Dili are slowly getting their lives back to normal with reminders all round them of the bloody street fighting in August. One FRETILIN estimates about three hundred people died, mainly civilians. This section was a strategic battle point between Dili airport and the town itself. The buildings are still sprayed with bullet holes, the windows are shattered and spent town itself. The bullet holes, the windows are shattered and spent cartridges are lying around. There's been no attempt to repair the damage. If and when the Portuguese come back to East Timor they'll also have more urgent things to do. To stars with they have to decide what to do with the five hundred or so prisoners FRETILIN admits it's holding at the military headquarters now the hub of the party's activities. This man is said to be first corporal Welli, number three six eight double one three of the Indonesian three hundred and fifteenth infantry battalion. FRETILIN says he was captured about two weeks ago inside Portuguese Timor. He gets food, beer, cigarettes but is not allowed out of his cell for his own safety, according to FRETILIN. Francisco Xavier Do Amaral, says the coming wet season won't help either. He's the President of FRETILIN's central committee. In effect, right now the leader of Portuguese Timor.
MANIATY: "What are your feelings now about Indonesia's involvement in this?"
Do AMARAL: "I'm one that believes that Indonesia will still take over by force...exactly we don't know what's behind the Indonesian position. But I don't believe that they will take it. We'll try our best to establish good relationships with Indonesia and with other countries in South East Asia."
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Background: The leader of Portuguese Timor's leftist Fretilin Independence Movement, President Francisco Xavier Do Amaral, has said he fears Indonesia will invade his country.
Fretilin--Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor--claims it now controls most of the country after two months of heavy fighting against other independence forces.
Fretilin claimed earlier this week that their forces had driven back pro-Indonesian forces that allegedly crossed from West Timor and attacked the town of Batugade.
In the Indonesian capital, Djakarta, the government claimed that the pro-Indonesian forces had occupied Batugade and were preparing to "liberate all Portuguese Timor".
But after the violence and damage of the recent civil war Fretilin has other troubles besides a suspected invasion from Indonesia. The country is economically run down and is in desperate need of an efficient government.