Indonesia Prepares to Open East Timor

From Deutsche Presse-Agentur

An Indonesian government decree officially opening the former Portuguese colony of East Timor to travel and development will be issued by Christmas, Home Affairs Minister Rudini said Wednesday.

The former colony, under Portuguese rule for four centuries until the mid-1970s, has been classified a closed area since its integration with Indonesia in 1976.

“Its opening will enable East Timor people to freely visit other regions of the republic without any compulsion to apply for permit,” Rudini said.