Hero’s welcome for East Timor border negotiator Xanana Gusmao

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Dili: Thousands of East Timorese have lined the road to the capital’s international airport to cheer independence hero Xanana Gusmao after he led negotiations that settled the sea border with Australia.

  • Oki Raimundos
  • The Canberra Times

Gusmao, whose party lost power in parliamentary elections last year, was greeted at Dili’s tiny airport on Sunday with cries of “Viva Xanana Gusmao”.

Xanana Gusmao 1a AP LLLLHe’d been abroad for the previous eight months leading the final stretch of maritime border talks.

Australia and East Timor, one of the world’s youngest nations, signed a historic treaty on Tuesday drawing their maritime boundary and…

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