Independent since 2002, East Timor is actually the Demoratic Republic of East Timor, located in Southeast Asia
. This former Portuguese colony annexed by Indonesia
in 1975, is made up of the Atauro and Jaco islands; half of eastern Timor island; and Oecussi-Ambeno, an enclaved area in the western part of Timor island. Security in Dili
is uncertain and conflict between armed groups is rife, so tourists who wish to travel to East Timor's Dili and its surrounding areas should be extremely cautious.