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DATE=6/27/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251154 TITLE=EAST TIMOR BYLINE= PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: NOBEL LAUREATE, JOSE RAMOS-HORTA AND OTHER EAST TIMORESE INDEPENDENCE LEADERS ARE MEETING AT THE HOME OF INDEPENDENT LEADER XANANA GUSMAO DURING A BREAK IN PEACE TALKS IN JAKARTA. AS PATRICIA NUNAN REPORTS, THE VISIT IN INDONESIA BY MR. RAMOS-HORTA IS THE FIRST TIME EAST TIMOR'S TOP INDEPENDENCE LEADERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE EACH OTHER IN MORE THAN 20-YEARS. TEXT: NOBEL LAUREATE, JOSE RAMOS-HORTA, STEPPED FOOT IN INDONESIA SATURDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 24-YEARS. HE CAME TO ATTEND PEACE TALKS BETWEEN EAST TIMOR'S RIVAL, PRO-INDEPENDENCE AND PRO-INTEGRATION FACTIONS. IT IS AN EMOTIONAL VISIT. MR. RAMOS-HORTA FLED THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF EAST TIMOR IN 1975, JUST THREE-DAYS AHEAD OF AN INVASION OF THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY BY THE INDONESIAN MILITARY. HE HAS SPENT 24-YEARS IN SELF-IMPOSED EXILE, CAMPAIGNING FOR EAST TIMOR'S INDEPENDENCE. MR. RAMOS HORTA WAS AMONG A HANDFUL OF INDEPENDENCE ACTIVISTS MEETING (SUNDAY) WITH INDEPENDENCE LEADER XANANA GUSMAO. A ONE-TIME GUERRILLA LEADER, MR. GUSMAO IS BEING HELD UNDER HOUSE ARREST IN JAKARTA ON CHARGES OF SUBVERSION. MR. RAMOS-HORTA SAYS HE IS A GREAT ADMIRER OF MR. GUSMAO. /// HORTA ACT /// I WAS SPEECHLESS. IN MEETING -- NOT ONLY HIM AS A LEADER -- BUT MEETING HIM AS A HUMAN BEING. ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMAN BEINGS I HAVE KNOWN IN MY LIFE. /// END ACT /// NO DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED ABOUT THE MEETING AT MR. GUSMAO'S HOME. BUT MONDAY, PEACE TALKS ORGANIZED BY EAST TIMOR'S SPIRITUAL LEADER, BISHOP CARLOS BELO, ARE SET TO RESUME. BISHOP BELO AND MR. RAMOS-HORTA SHARE THE 1996 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE HUMAN RIGHTS IN EAST TIMOR. THE TALKS CENTER ON DISARMING EAST TIMOR'S RIVAL FACTIONS BEFORE A REFERENDUM ABOUT THE TERRITORIES POLITICAL STATUS PLANNED FOR AUGUST. THE EAST TIMORESE PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO VOTE ON WHETHER THEY WANT THE TERRITORY TO OFFICIALLY INTEGRATE WITH INDONESIA OR IF IT SHOULD BECOME AN INDEPENDENT NATION. (SIGNED) NEB/PN/DWJ/RAE 27-Jun-99 7:53 AM EDT (1153 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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