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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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    CU Fretilin representative Santos being interviewed.

    CU Fretilin Foreign Affairs spokesman Horta being interviewed.

    REPORTER: "Now so far there have only been reports of fighting in the capital and in the border areas. Can you see the fighting continuing and expanding?"

    SANTOS: "No, I don't think so because the rest of the island is very mountainous and the streets are very difficult. They are, I shouldn't call them roads because they are not roads, they are very bad. And now these roads are very difficult for the Indonesians to advance and the people in the mountains can stop the advance of the invading troops."

    REPORTER: "How do you stand against tanks with homemade weapons?"

    HORTA: "Oh well, we have also, we do have the sophisticated weapon against tanks. We have made ourselves home-made weapons, with a very destructive power which can knock out a tank."

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    This film is serviced with interviews with Fretilin representative Mr. Santos, and the movement's Foreign Affairs spokesman, Mr. Horta: Transcripts follows:-

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    Background: 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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