The Catholic Bishops of Indonesia have challenged the Habibi Government to abide by its promise to give the East Timorese a genuine opportunity to achieve self-determination in peace.
The call, which also criticises political leaders for failing to serve the peoples' aspirations and interests, was included was contained in a message issued two weeks ago to commemmorate the 54th anniversary of the Government's independence. It was signed by the president and secretary of the Episcopal Conference.
The text states: "We reprimand and strongly warn the political elite, who have failed to behave for the people's good. Certain narrow group interests, and worse, selfish personal interests, should not become the leaders' way of thinking because they harm peace and the just course of social development and the future of our people."
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