E. Timor, Indonesia sign border-crossing agreement+

DILI, July 28 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Indonesia and East Timor signed an agreement Wednesday to issue border-crossing passes in lieu of passports to their citizens living in border areas who frequently travel to the other country.

The agreement was signed in the East Timorese capital Dili by East Timor's Foreign Minister Zacarias-Albano da Costa and his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, da Costa said the agreement has brought the two countries to a new phase of relations.

"Now we have not only a government-to-government relationship but also a people-to-people relationship," da Costa said.

Natalegawa said he hopes the border-crossing agreement will strengthen the relationship between the peoples of East Timor and Indonesia.

"We are pleased that today we are in the business of making it easier for our communities living in the border area to be able to interact," Natalegawa said.

The signing ceremony was attended by East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta, who negotiated the border pass with Indonesia while he served as foreign minister.


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