East Timor


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East Timor

East Timor

A country of the western Pacific Ocean made up of the eastern part of the island of Timor, a small coastal enclave in the western part, and two offshore islands. It was an overseas province of Portugal from 1914 until 1975 and was annexed by Indonesia in 1976. East Timor achieved independence in 2002. Dili is the capital.

East Timor

n
(Placename) a small country in SE Asia, comprising part of the island of Timor: colonized by Portugal in the 19th century; declared independence in 1975 but immediately invaded by Indonesia; under UN administration from 1999 and an independent state from 2002. It is mountainous with a monsoon climate; subsistence agriculture is the main occupation. Languages: Portuguese, Tetun (a lingua franca), and Bahasa Indonesia. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Dili. Pop: 1 172 390 (2013 est). Area: 14 874 sq km (5743 sq miles). Official name: Timor-Leste
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.East Timor - a former Portuguese colony that was annexed by Indonesia in 1976; voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999 and in May 2002 became an independent nation
Southeast Asia - a geographical division of Asia that includes Indochina plus Indonesia and the Philippines and Singapore
Timor - an island in Indonesia in the Malay Archipelago; the largest and most eastern of the Lesser Sunda Islands
Translations
Východní Timor
OsttimorTimor-Leste
Orienta Timoro
Ida-Timor
Itä-Timor
Timor Oriental
Istočni Timor
Kelet-Timor
Oost-Timor
Timor Wschodni
Timor LesteTimor-Leste
Timorul de Est
Östtimor
Doğu Timor
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East Timor and Australia have signed a treaty that divides offshore gas revenues between the two countries.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, otherwise known as East Timor, for half a day on Thursday as part of her 11-day tour of the South Pacific and East Asia.
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon met with East Timor President Taur Matan Ruak on Wednesday and later told reporters that the United Nations plans to withdraw its peacekeeping troops from the country.
The former Portuguese colony of East Timor was occupied by the Indonesian armed forces from 1975 to 1999.
On the back cover of this book, the editors confidently claim that: "This is the most comprehensive study of East Timor since independence .
But when the topic of conversation turns to justice and reconciliation for the new nation of East Timor, the Filipino missionary's smile breaks into a frown and his brow wrinkles.
WE WENT TO EAST TIMOR tO help those people, and now we are slapping them in the face and stealing their oil.
East Timor has branded Canberra a thief, complaining that a deal on harvesting the undersea energy riches greatly favored Australia.
The scaling down of the international presence across East Timor has done little to mask many of the most obvious social divisions concentrated in the capital.
Regional policing was used to brilliant effect during the 1999 crisis in East Timor, which I regard as a model for how, in the future, American leaders, inevitably drawn into what we once considered other people's problems, can often negotiate a sensible outcome by using the institutions we built, like the United Nations.
In addition to General Wiranto, who was armed forces chief at the time of the independence vote, the indictment named six Indo-nesian military officers and the former Indonesian governor of East Timor, Abilio Soares.
At the stroke of midnight on May 20, fire works lit up the skies over East Timor.

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