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Camelia Pasandaran – The Jakarta Globe – 22 march 2011

Indonesia and East Timor on Tuesday agreed to step up cooperation in solving border problems, said an Indonesian presidential spokesman.
“Regarding shared borders, President [Susilo Bambang] Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao agreed to better management using a soft approach,” said Teuku Faizasyah, the presidential staff for international relations, at a press conference after a meeting between two heads of state at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.

“The government has put extra effort into finalizing discussions on three border areas,” he said.

The three areas discussed were Delomil village in Belu district, Manusasi village in Timor Tengah Utara district, and Naktuka village in Kupang district.

“These are land border issues,” Teuku said. “ We need to settle these three border issues so that we can move on to the maritime baseline of the two countries.”

The two heads of state on Tuesday also witnessed the signing of five memorandums of understanding (MoU) — on decentralization and local government, diplomatic education and training, public works infrastructure, education and training in the field of transportation, and trade.

“The discussion was a very productive, fruitful discussion. We were able to reach some commitments. Five MoU were signed this afternoon,” Teuku said. “This is a clear reflection that the two countries are ready to move forward in many areas of cooperation.”

The Indonesian government also reported its willingness to invest in infrastructure in East Timor and give its neighbor credit to by military equipment.

“East Timor says it wants to buy military equipments, and our government is ready to provide it with export credit,” Teuku said.

Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said East Timor wanted to buy a fast patrol boat to protect its territory and that it had ordered a $20 million boat from shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia

“They want to be given export credit,” he said. “The government is ready to provide it from the Indonesian Export Development Agency (LPEI)," he said.

The Indonesian government also said that it would support East Timor’s bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).



Antara - The Jakarta Post – 22 march 2011

Indonesia is committed to backing up East Timor`s effort to gain Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) full membership.
"President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted support for Timor Leste to join ASEAN. It is time for East Timor to be part of ASEAN," President Yudhoyono`s aide, Teuku Faizasyah, said.

Speaking to newsmen after a meeting between East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and President Yudhoyono at the Merdeka Palace here Tuesday, he said the two leaders had discussed the matter.

In Indonesia`s position as the ASEAN president, its support would be so meaningful for the accepting process of East Timor to become the regional organization`s full member state, he said.

At the friendly meeting, the East Timorese government appreciated Indonesia for providing its students with easiness to get temporary residential permits during their study period.

"There are four thousand East Timorese university students in Indonesia," he said.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Premier Xanana Gusmao witnessed the signings of a number of memorandums of understanding at the Merdeka Palace.

Among the MoUs, signed by related ministers, were related to decentralization and management technical cooperation, educational and transportation cooperation, diplomatic training program, capacity building in public works, as well as marine, fishery, tourism and trade technical cooperation.

During the meeting, President Yudhoyono was accompanied by such cabinet members as Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Marine and Fishery Minister Fadel Muhammad, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister for National Education Muhammad Nur, State Secretary Minister Sudi Silalahi and Military Chief Admiral Agus Suhartono.

Xanana Gusmao was accompanied by Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa, Economic and Development Minister Joao Goncalves, Infrastructure Minister Pedro Lay da Silva, Tourism, Trade and Industry Minister Gil Alves, Minister for Agriculture and Fishery Mariano Assanami Sabino, Military Chief Major Gen.Taur Matan Ruak, and East Timorese Ambassador to Indonesia Manuel Serrano.

East Timor is Indonesia`s former province, which seceded from the unitary state after majority of its people opted for going away from Indonesia in a UN-sponsored and organized plebiscite in 1999.



Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, greets East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao prior to their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday. (AP/Dita Alangkara)

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