• Short Summary

    Indonesian President Suharto marked his country's 30th independence celebrations with a speech telling the people of Portuguese Timor that they would be welcome to join Indonesia as a solution to their current political instability.

  • Description

    Indonesian President Suharto marked his country's 30th independence celebrations with a speech telling the people of Portuguese Timor that they would be welcome to join Indonesia as a solution to their current political instability.

    He told cheering crowds on Tuesday (19 August) that Indonesia wanted stability maintained in Timor. He said the Indonesian Government has pledged nonintervention, but added that it will not tolerate a communist buildup in the Portuguese colony.

    In Portuguese Timor itself, the battle for control is still raging. Refugees have told of fierce fighting and people being shot in the streets since a coup on August 14.

    Rival political groups are claiming success in the fighting, particularly the right wing Timor Democratic Union (UDT). The UDT's leaders say the group controls 95 per cent of the territory.

    Indonesia regards the Pro-Independence Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETELIN) as a procommunist organisation and potential threat to its national security.

    Jakarta supports a third political group, the Timorese Popular Democratic Association (APODETI) which advocates incorporation of the territory into Indonesia.

    The recent Indonesian independence parades and marches, to celebrate the country's independence from Dutch rule, have all hinted at military strength and official speeches have dealt mainly with situation in Portuguese Timor.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7MDV8XZ263YU1ULBLB68NEBYQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MDV8XZ263YU1ULBLB68NEBYQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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