Sat, 08/29/2009, 2:10 PM
The Jakarta Post
Wirajuda to visit Dili for referendum anniversary
INDONESIA: Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda will visit Dili on Sunday
to attend the commemoration ceremony of the tenth anniversary of
Referendum Day, when the majority of East Timorese voted for
independence from Indonesia.
“Given the amicable relations between Indonesia and Timor Leste, we
accept their invitation to attend the commemoration ceremony,” ministry
spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told journalists Friday.
Timor Leste, which was formerly known as East Timor, was Indonesia’s
27th province before it gained independence through a United
Nations-backed referendum in 1999. The elections were marred by
violence, including human rights violations allegedly committed by the
Faizasyah said Indonesia and Timor Leste had agreed to remove the
burden of history by settling the human rights cases peacefully through
the Commission of Truth and Friendship, established in 2005.
“Both countries are now looking to the opportunities that lie ahead,”
he said. – JP