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FALINTIL commander supports Xanana

Lusa - January 7, 1999

Lisbon – The senior commander of the East Timorese guerrilla movement has rejected all attempts to split or discredit the occupied territory's resistance to domination by Indonesia.

Falur Rate Laek, first commander of the guerrilla's movement third region, said in a statement issued earlier this month that he and his men continued to support jailed resistance leader Xanana Gusmao. The statement was received by Lusa in Lisbon on Wednesday.

The statement was issued in reaction to alleged remarks by another commander of the East Timorese guerrilla movement, Lere Anan Timur, who allegedly accused Gusmao of treason for supporting a transition period for his occupied homeland before a referendum on self-determination.

Both commanders are members of FALINTIL, the armed wing of the East Timorese resistance to Indonesia's military occupation forces.