Ramos Horta says Indonesians more supportive of East Timorese cause

Canberra, Feb 05 (Lusa) - East Timors self-determination activist Jose Ramos Horta has expressed optimism in the future of the former Portuguese colony as the Indonesian society becomes more supportive of the East Timorese cause.

Ramos Horta, a 1996 Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate, told Australian radio station ABC on Tuesday that more Indonesians would like to see changes in the territory as "there is a growing sympathy and support of the East Timorese cause".

However, he said that Suharto and his family as well as some military that continue to support him are "the main obstacle to change, and to the democracy in the region".

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and annexed it one year later in a move not recognized by the United Nations that still regards Portugal as the territory's administering power.

Lisbon has demanded that East Timor be given the right to self-determination.

Copied from the Lusa News Agency at http://www.lusa.pt/lusanews/
Posted on East-Timor Conference by Pedro T. Coelho
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From: rich@pencil.math.missouri.edu (Rich Winkel)
Date: 9 Feb 1997

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