On behalf of the Timorese people, I wish to express my great appreciation and admiration to Professor Durand for this important contribution to our historical record. -- Mgr. Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Frederic B. Durand is a professor at the University of Toulouse II-Jean Jaures. He has published more than twenty books on the region, including East Timor, a Country at the Crossroads of Asia and the Pacific: A Geo-Historical Atlas.