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Jakarta Post

East Timor optimistic on border talks despite slow progress

  • Tama Salim and Anggi M. Lubis

    The Jakarta Post

Dili/Jakarta   /   Tue, May 24 2016   /  09:00 am

Timor Leste remains upbeat about negotiations on outstanding border issues with Indonesia, as the two governments continue to build on previous commitments to expedite the process.

With 98 percent of the land border already agreed upon, officials from both countries are still looking to resolve disputes about the remaining segments, having previously hit a snag in providing assurances for the population living on and around the border.

But now both countries are “very close” to a consensus on the remaining border areas, a senior official from Dili said, as the two governments seek out lasting solutions for those who are likely to be affected by the border negotiations.

“There is goodwill on both sides to conclude the negotiations but also a responsibility to properly address the concerns of the communities living in the final 2 percent to be determined,” Timo...