03 Mar '11, 9pm

Indonesia supports Timor Leste's bid to join ASEAN - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

Indonesia supports Timor Leste's bid to join ASEAN - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

JAKARTA: Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono voiced support on Thursday for Timor Leste's bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, his spokesman said. "The President has asserted that Indonesia will make diplomatic efforts and ensure that at the right time, Timor Leste can become a member of ASEAN," presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said. Indonesia is the current ASEAN chairman and it was the first time Yudhoyono himself had endorsed the application, although Jakarta's foreign minister had previously done so. Timor Leste, a former Portuguese colony, was occupied by Indonesia for 24 years from 1975, a period marked by widespread human rights abuses. The impoverished nation gained formal independence in 2002 after winning its freedom in a 1999 UN-backed referendum marred by violence. "Indonesia fully supports Timor Leste's ASEAN membership and ...

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