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East Timor after the Indonesian occupation

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Author(s): José Antonio Rocamora

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 69;
Start page: 173;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: Timor Oriental | política interior | proceso político | política exterior | Naciones Unidas

ABSTRACT
When Indonesia accepted consulting the people of East Timor about their future in 1999, they declared themselves in favour of embarking on the path to independence, under U.N. supervision. In 2002, East Timor gained its independence, for which it had paid a high price in lives. But, it then faced an even more arduous struggle, the fightagainst poverty, since its population was the poorest in Asia. In addition, the youngest country on the planet faces difficulties stemming from coexistence with two powers in the area, Indonesia and Australia, which could condition both the political and economicdevelopment of the country.
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