14 March 2012

Indonesian foreign affairs minister denies evacuating their citizens from TL

Suara Timor Loro Sae, March 13, 2012 language source: Bahasa Indonesia - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa has denied reports that Indonesia will evacuate all Indonesian citizens from Timor-Leste in the run up of presidential election.

The rumors have been widespread in Indonesia, saying violence might break out in the fledging nation’s upcoming presidential election.

“No, I think preparations for the elections are going well and nothing to be much worried about,” he said. He said the upcoming presidential elections in Timor-Leste would be successful and they had never thought there would be violence.

TNI Commander for NTT [Kupang], Edison Napitupulu said Indonesian National Army (TNI) had strengthened the security at the border, especially in the run up of the presidential election.

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