In a few weeks time, Ireland's capital city will have a square named after the Timorese Resistance leader, Xanana Gusmao... The initiative is evidence of the interest and commitment to the East Timor cause that exists in the Republic.
The project was launched by the Irish East Timor Solidarity Campaign - one of Europe's most active and efficient pressure groups on the issue, which gets considerable support from several government leaders, including the Republic's Foreign Minister, Dick Spring.
The Campaign Co-ordinator, Tom Hyland, decided to launch this latest initiative after being deeply affected by the pictures taken of the Santa Cruz massacre in East Timor.
Xanana Gusmao Square, which is off the well-known Dame Street in central Dublin, is situated close to the Solidarity Campaign's headquarters, which also serves as a support centre for young Timorese living in Dublin. In addition to studying in the Irish capital, the Timorese are also active in political campaign work for the Timorese cause.