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Megawati says East Timor is part of Indonesia

Lusa - November 24, 1997

Jakarta – The daughter of former Indonesian president Sukarno and a leading opposition personality, Megawarti [sic] Sukarnoputri, said on Saturday that East Timor was part of Indonesia.

Sukarnoputri, quoted by official news agency Antara, said during a university seminar that she supported the governmental position of regarding the territory of East Timor as the 27th province of the country.

She said also that the issue of East Timor was an internal affair of Indonesia.

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and annexed it one year later but the United Nations still regards Portugal as the territory's administering power.