23 June 2013

Fretilin Secretary-General met with Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta



ETLJB LUSA June 11, 2013, 17:46 - Dili 11 jun (AP) - The secretary general of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin), Mari Alkatiri, met on Monday in Jakarta, with Prabowo Subianto, the man who led the mission to capture and kill Nicolau Lobato, according to news agency Antara.

Nicolau Lobato, who died on December 31, 1978, became Prime Minister of East Timor in 1975 after the unilateral proclamation of independence.

In 1977, Nicolau Lobato was appointed president of Fretilin, the President and Commander in Chief of Falintil, the armed wing of Fretilin.

"It is an honor that the former Prime Minister of Timor-Leste has visited us, we exchanged experiences. Hopefully, in the future, we can make a reciprocal visit," said Prabowo Subianto, who currently leads the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) quoted by Antara.

According Probowo who is a presidential candidate in 2014 in Indonesia, the visit by Mari Alkatiri was good to strengthen the friendly relations between Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Mari Alkatiri began on Monday a two-week visit to Indonesia.

The Lusa agency tried to contact Mari Alkatiri, but statements about this and other meetings were referred to when returning to Dili between days 20 and June 22.

Prabowo Subianto was also commander of Kopassus (special forces of the Indonesian armed forces) used in the 90s, irregular troops to try to quash the movement for the restoration of the independence of East Timor.

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