Nationalist leader of East Timor's FRETELIN movement, Jose Ramos Horta, arrived in Sydney on Tuesday (19 August) to ask Australians to mediate in the Portuguese colony's conflict.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: HORTA: "I repudiate violence, unnecessary violence. I believe that it is possible to settle the conflict in East Timor through conversations, through negotiations. that's why I came today to Sydney, and I'm going to Canberra."
REPORTER: "And what do you hope to do in Canberra?"
HORTA: "Well I'll try to see the Foreign Affairs Department, if possible, Senator Willesee, to table my proposals, calling for a united meeting between the three governments, Australian, American and Portuguese governments, and the leaders of the three organisations in East Timor, to reach a certain form of agreement, cease the fire, and work out a programme towards de-colonization, to enable the people in East Timor to decide by themselves their own future."
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This film includes an interview with Mr. Horta, in which he denied he wanted to commandoes to take arms against rival movements in Timor. A transcript follows:-
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Background: Nationalist leader of East Timor's FRETELIN movement, Jose Ramos Horta, arrived in Sydney on Tuesday (19 August) to ask Australians to mediate in the Portuguese colony's conflict.
Mr. Horta planned to see the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Don Willesee, to table proposals for a joint meeting of the Australian, United States' and Portuguese governments. He hoped such a meeting would lead to a programme of de-colonization which would allow the people in East Timor to decide their own future.
He told a news conference that he wanted to enlist the moral support of Australian commandoes who fought in Timor in World War Two. Mr. Horta believed these men could serve as mediators in the conflict, as they had established friendly links with the Timorese people.