Sunday, September 19, 1999 Published at 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Gusmao prepares for government
On his way home: Xanana Gusmao before he left Jakarta
East Timor's resistance leader Xanana Gusmao came a step closer to returning to his homeland after arriving in Australia to prepare a government-in-exile.
A spokesman for Mr Gusmao said that he had left for Australia because of increasing fears for his safety in the city after he had started receiving death threats.
Mr Gusmao had arrived in Darwin on a commercial flight but slipped out of the airport, eluding journalists and supporters.
Joao Carrascalao, head of the National Council for East Timor Resistance (CNRT) in Australia, said that Mr Gusmao was in Darwin and making plans for a transitional government and a delegation to the World Bank later this month.
"The main purpose of his trip is to discuss plans for the development of East Timor," said Mr Carrascalao.
"The British Embassy could not guarantee his security and he had to leave in a hurry. But his life cannot be guaranteed in Dili.
"Darwin is very close to East Timor. Australia is a free and democratic country where we can work without the sort of pressure that you have in Jakarta."
Indonesia's President BJ Habibie freed Mr Gusmao after the vote for independence but Jakarta witnessed protest marches against Mr Gusmao with some calling for his rearrest and execution.
As the protests grew, some pasted posters on the outside of the British Embassy.