Sunday, August 29, 1999 Published at 04:19 GMT 05:19 UK
East Timor's future: what they said
Indonesia's decision to allow the people of East Timor to determine their own political future took the world by surprise. The BBC's monitoring service looks back at some of the key statements made in the run up to Monday's referendum.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas (January 1999):
So it is reasonable and wise - even democratic and constitutional - that we task the soon-to-be-elected representatives [of the Indonesian parliament] to consider whether East Timor can, in an honourable and workable manner, separate from Indonesia."
Indonesian President BJ Habibie (February 1999):
President Habibie (August 1999):
We are convinced that whatever decision the East Timor people make, our national unity will remain intact."
Detained East Timor resistance leader Xanana Gusmao (August 1999):
"The lack of resources and the high level of illiteracy is worrying. However, this should not dampen our enthusiasm and the will to overcome underdevelopment."
Indonesian Armed Forces (ABRI) commander Wiranto (February 1999):
Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace laureate and vice-president of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (July 1999):
Indonesia is not Iraq. It is not Burma. It is a very proud country... Such a proud country with such an active membership in the world cannot afford to be seen as a pariah, cannot be seen as condoning aggression against the United Nations."
Dili Bishop and Nobel Peace laureate Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo (July 1999):
Megawati Sukarnoputri, head of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) (August 1999):
Tito Baptista, leader of the pro-Jakarta Forum for Unity, Democracy and Justice (FPDK) (August 1999):
At that point the autonomy supporters will decide on the best way to proceed, whether to lie low for a while, but the struggle - perhaps armed, perhaps political - will continue.
We, the supporters of autonomy, might take to the mountains... If things do not go well, we will not surrender in order to be killed."
BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.