Timor leader 'accepts Jakarta'

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LISBON (Reuter) - Xanana Gusmao, the captured leader of rebels in East Timor, said in a censored interview broadcast yesterday that he accepted the former Portuguese colony's integration into Indonesia.

'I must agree with integration with Indonesia,' Mr Gusmao told a Portuguese reporter in a prison interview that was heavily censored by the Indonesian authorities. Broadcasting the interview, TSF radio said it had been cut from 20 to nine minutes.

The interview was Mr Gusmao's second since his arrest in East Timor on 20 November. Last week the Indonesian government published a filmed interview in which Mr Gusmao renounced his 17-year struggle for independence and called on his comrades to surrender.

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