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Indonesia, East Timor leaders to meet over rights report

[JURIST] Presidents Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono [official profile] of Indonesia and Xanana Gusmao [BBC profile] of East Timor will meet this week to discuss a report alleging widespread human rights violations during Indonesia's 24-year occupation of East Timor. The meeting, originally to have taken place last month, was postponed after Gusmao delivered the report [JURIST report], issued by the East Timor Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation [official website] to the United Nations. Gusmao had previously indicated that he would withhold the report [JURIST report] in order to maintain positive ties with Indonesia.

The 2,500-page report accuses Indonesian security forces of rape, torture, deliberate starvation and use of Napoleon, resulting in the deaths of 180,000 people. Indonesian leaders have rejected the report [JURIST report], claiming that its findings are "exaggerated." BBC News has more.

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