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Jakarta Post

Nicolau Lobato, another Timor Leste specter

  • Aboeprijadi Santoso

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 8 2009   /  12:30 pm

The specter of the Timor tragedy continues to haunt Indonesia, not just on the matter of impunity of past human rights violations, but now possibly also on the remain of Timor Leste independence hero Nicolau do Reis Lobato, buried in secret in Indonesia. Both issues are equally important for the relations of the two nations and can only be resolved with justice and honesty. Timor Leste President Jos* Ramos-Horta used the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the independence referendum last Sunday to remind the world that the two countries, Indonesia and Timor Leste, have decided to put the past behind them. But he called for the remembrance of all who did not survive the conflict, including the widows and families of Indonesian soldiers who were killed and buried in Timor Leste. As he expressed sorrow, he added the sympathetic gesture of inviting them to visit the grav...