Sat, 04 Jun 1994

U.S. official in East Timor

DILI, East Timor: An official of the U.S. State Department is visiting the province to see progress the territory has made since its integration with Indonesia.

The Antara news agency said Scott Butcher of the ASEAN Affairs bureau, will visit East Timor between June 4 and 6.

During his stay, he will visit Lautem regency and will meet local leaders such as Roman Catholic Bishop Mgr. Felipe Belo Ximenes, Governor Abilio Jose Osorio Soares and Military Commander Col. Inf J. Lumintang.

"We hope he can see the reality with his own eyes here and will objectively tell the world that progress takes place here," a military spokesman said. (prs)