Timor-Leste and Indonesia forward looking
Dili 16, Sept. 2014
More than 80 veterans from Indonesia pay homage to the heroes of Timor-Leste
For the first time, after 12 years of the restoration of Independence, more than 80 veterans from Indonesia visited Timor-Leste to pay homage to the heroes of Timor-Leste. Most of these veterans have carried out their military duties in Timor-Leste. It has been an emotional moment for both sides, the Timorese and the Indonesians veterans, to pay homage to the heroes and meet the survivals of an unjust war of occupation. But the reunion brings a new political dimension to the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and to the two peoples.
Forgeting the past and accepting the defeat are hard, but puting them bihind is a courageous act from both sides.