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    The Foreign Affairs spokesman for the East Timorese political party, Fretilin (The Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor), Mr.

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    The Foreign Affairs spokesman for the East Timorese political party, Fretilin (The Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor), Mr. Ramos Horta, has warned that a full-scale Indonesian invasion of East Timor would be a bloody affair.

    Speaking in Australia on Sunday (7 December) he said there were 650-thousand men, women and children in East Timor who hated the Indonesians and would fight to the last drop of blood.

    Another Fretilin representative, Mr. Chris Santos, said in Australian that the Australian Government should oppose the invasion and call for an end to the fighting.

    The country's capital, Dili, was captured by Indonesian-backed forces over the weekend and a provisional pro-Indonesian administration has been established.

    The capture of the capital brings to a close a turbulent chapter in the 400-year history of the tiny colony.

    East Timor is officially a Portuguese colony which was promised self-determination by Portugal last year. Then, a coalition Government involving Fretilin and the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) was set up.

    The coalition was dissolved in April this year, and followed by bitter civil fighting between the two factions. Fretilin took control and declared independence for East Timor on 28 November. The following day the pro-Indonesian parties declared East Timor part of Indonesia. The invasion by Indonesian troops followed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACL4XFL92ALWQAUDOZ5JGVVBVU
    Media URN:
    VLVACL4XFL92ALWQAUDOZ5JGVVBVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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