Reports and commentary from international press on the Independence Day festivities 19./20 May 2002 and the situation of the newborn country.
BBC News: East Timor: Birth of a nation
East Timor becomes the world's newest nation, as a declaration of independence ends 450 years of foreign rule.
Celebrating the Birth of a Nation
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan congratulates the people of East Timor on their perseverance in rebuilding their country. (May 07, 2002)
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