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Marty in Dili for border deal, possible refugee dialogue

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 28 2010   /  10:48 am

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa arrived in Dili on Tuesday on a two-day visit to meet with his Timor Leste counterpart as both countries work to iron out issues dealing with border arrangements and bilateral prosperity.Both countries are also expected to raise the issue of Australia's initiative to use Timor Leste as a regional processing center for refugees in the first joint ministerial meeting since 2005. The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said both ministers would sign an air transport agreement and open a border crossing, which is aimed at relaxing access to and from both countries for people living close to the international boundary. "The border crossing will enhance economic cooperation and people-to-people contacts. The pass can also facilitate the establishment of a traditional market at the border and develop a peace zone there as recommended by the Commission o...