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UN Envoy meets East Timorese dissidents in Jakarta

ABC Radio Australia - March 26, 1997

The United Nations special envoy on East Timor has held talks in Jakarta with East Timorese who had demanded the meeting after earlier forcing their way into the Austrian embassy.

The envoy, Jamsheed Marker, declined to comment after a 90-minute meeting at the UN office in the Indonesian capital with three representatives of the 33 East Timorese who had entered the embassy.

One of the representatives, Mariono Lopez, said they had given Mr. Marker a petition calling for the release of all East Timorese political prisoners.

It also called for the participation of genuine representatives of the East Timorese people in talks involving Indonesia, the UN and Portugal, the former colonial power in East Timor.

Mr. Lopez said it had been decided to let the Austrian ambassador deciede the fate of his group, which is understood NOT to have sought asylum or to be allowed to leave Indonesia.