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Indonesia reopens border with East Timor JAKARTA - Indonesia today reopened the border with East Timor because the fugitive rebel who caused the closure is no longer seen as a threat, according an official. "As of today our border is reopened," said Ahmet Bey Sofwan, Indonesia's ambassador to East Timor earlier today. The closure lasted just over one month. Dili earlier asked for the closure to stop renegade Majr Alfredo Reinado and his supporters from escaping to Indonesia.

President Xanana Gusmao wrote to his Indonesian counterpart that Reinado no longer longer posed a threat to security on the East Timor border. Gusmao accused the rebel, a persistent problem in East Timor, of stealing weapons from several police posts. Lieutenant Colonel Hotma Hutahaean said that Indonesia deployed 1,000 soldiers along the border to maintain security.

The closure of the border interrupted movement of supplies to the impoverished country, which will hold it's first official presidential poll since gaining independence from Indonesia in 2002, after 24 years of occupation.


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Posted in General @ 29 March 2007 13:55 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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