East Timor's Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance

By Constâncio Pinto; Matthew Jardine | Go to book overview

Epilogue

In the aftermath of the Santa Cruz Massacre of November 12,1991, United Nations-sponsored negotiations on East Timor between Portugal and Indonesia resumed in January 1992, spurred by Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Nevertheless, they have achieved little because Indonesia refuses to discuss the political status of the former Portuguese colony, which it calls its "27th province," and Portugal, under international law still the "administering power" of its former colony, will accept nothing less than East Timorese self-determination. While encouraging, the negotiations are not likely to move the Suharto regime to withdraw from East Timor barring radical change within Indonesia or significant pressure from the United Nations' ruling powers, most notably the United States.1


The United Nations

The talks were mandated by the last UN General Assembly resolution on East Timor in 1982. The UN General Assembly and Security Council passed 10 resolutions in support of East Timorese self-determination in the period between 1975 and 1982. Since 1982, because neither Indonesia nor East Timor and its allies in the General Assembly have been confident of the outcome of a vote, and because nego

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  • East Timor's Unfinished Struggle - Inside the Timorese Resistance *
  • Contents *
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Foreword xii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Origins of the Struggle 26
  • 2 - The Indonesian Invasion 41
  • 3 - Life in Remexio 60
  • 4 - Making a New Life in Dili 79
  • 5 - Joining the Underground 92
  • 6 - Emergence of the Underground 105
  • 7 - Founding the Executive Committee 121
  • 8 - Arrest and Torture 135
  • 9 - Working as a Double Agent 158
  • 10 - Preparing for the Portuguese Delegation 175
  • 11 - The Santa Cruz Massacre 188
  • 12 - Life Underground 200
  • 13 - Escape Abroad 209
  • 14 - Reflections on the Struggle 225
  • Epilogue 241
  • East Timor Peace Plan 251
  • Notes 255
  • Bibliography 275
  • Appendix - East Timor Support and Solidarity Groups 281
  • Index 282
  • About the Authors *
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