Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Kenneth C. Payumo
East Timor, a newly independent country officially recognized on May 20, 2002, as Timor-Leste, is located in southeast Asia, northwest of Australia. Most of its territory of 15,007 square kilometers is located on the island of Timor, which it shares with Indonesia. It has a population of approximately 980,000 (July 2003 estimate). East Timor declared independence from Portugal in 1975, but was immediately invaded by Indonesia, which occupied it until June 11, 1999. Independence came as a result ...