|East Timor||BISHOP BELO SAYS HE IS NOT ANTI-INDONESIAN|
Salesian Bishop Carlos Belo has denied an alleged accusation by Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid that he is anti-Indonesian.
Bishop Belo, apostolic administrator of Dili, made the statement last week in response to the remarks of Wahid, who reportedly accused the bishop of being against Indonesia by supporting an anti-Indonesia group in East Timor.
Wahid made the comments during a meeting with Indonesian Catholics in Rome after visiting Pope John Paul II on 5 February.
Responding to the accusation, Bishop Belo said, "I need to insist here that I and all East Timor people do not hate Indonesia." He also said that he respects Wahid as a model leader and a unifying figure of interreligious relations in Indonesia and Asia.