Asia-Pacific

Aug 30, 2011

Kingsbury: East Timor and Indonesia are odd bedfellows

The announcement by East Timor’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, that his country will begin military to military links with Indonesia has caused widespread surprise.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

The announcement by East Timor’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, that his country will begin military to military links with Indonesia has caused widespread surprise, given the deeply troubled history between the small, recently independent state and its large and previously belligerent neighbour. There are several benefits to this new arrangement, which will also see police-to-police links established. But there are also many unresolved issues.

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