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Jakarta Post

TNI told to evict disputed border settlers in NTT

  /   Sat, June 13 2009   /  01:16 pm

KUPANG: Legislators in East Nusa Tenngara (NTT) have urged Indonesian military (TNI) to expel hundreds of Timor Leste people who have "unilaterally" built settlements along a disputed area bordering Indonesia and its former province. "The TNI should act firmly. If there is already an agreement that the neutral zone still under the status of dispute should be clear of any civilian activities, the two countries must abide by it," senior NTT legislative council member Jonathan Kanan said Friday. Jonathan, deputy chairman of the council's security affairs commission, said that unless the TNI took firm action, the disputed 1,069-square-meter area, "rich of mining resources", could be occupied by Timor Leste. "An international court only recognizes the ownership of a certain area if there are activities there. Never allow for the case of Sipadan and Ligitan *islands that Indones...