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Subject: UN: Marker on Senior Officials Meeting
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 1998 08:42:49 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <etan@etan.org>

Press Statement EAST TIMOR

The Senior Officials' Meeting involving Indonesia and Portugal on the question of East Timor took place born 6 to 8 October 1998 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Meeting was chaired by Ambassador Jamsheed Marker, the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor. The meeting, which was held in a constructive and friendly atmosphere, was pursuant to the decisions taken at the meetings of the Secretary-General and the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Portugal on 4 and 5 August 1998

There were three items on the agenda:

1 A UN proposal providing substantive elements for achieving a just, comprehensive and internationally acceptable solution to the question of East Timor.

2. Modalities for the establishment of Interests Sections between Indonesia and Portugal and

3. The All-inclusive Intra-East Timorese Dialogue (AIETD) - the forthcoming round (31 October to November 1998), and the implementation of past recommendations.

The meetings also discussed technical details of the UN proposal and the delegations of the two Governments gave their preliminary observations on its content. Based on the exchange of views held at this round, the two sides will return to their capitals for further consultations. They will resume their discussions on 19 to 21 November 1998 in New York.

The AIETD will be held in late October to early November under the same terms of reference and format as the earlier meetings. Attempts will be made to expand the participation with a view to making the Dialogue more inclusive. The meeting agreed to implement as early as possible the previous recommendations of the AIETD.

New York -8 November 1998

VERBATIM REMARKS MADE TO THE PRESS BY AMBASSADOR JAMSHEED MARKER THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1998

The senior officials meeting between Indonesia and Portugal on the question of East Timor took place from the 6th to the 8th of October 1998 at UN Headquarters in New York- The meeting was chaired by Jamsheed Marker, the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor. The meeting was held in a very constructive and very friendly atmosphere and is pursuant to the decision taken at the meeting of the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Portugal with the Secretary-General on 18 August.

There were three items on the agenda

The first was a UN proposal providing substantive elements designed to achieve a just, comprehensive and internationally acceptable solution to the question of East Timor.

The second was the modalities for the establishment of interest sections between Indonesia and Portugal.

And the third was the All-Inclusive Intra-East Timorese Dialogue and the forthcoming round which is due to take place in Austria from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November this year, and the implementation of the past recommendations of the AIETD.

The meeting discussed the details of the UN proposal. The delegations of the two governments gave their preliminary observations on its content. Based on the exchange of views held at this round the two sides will return to their capitals for further consultations. We will resume our discussion on the 19th to the 21st of November and perhaps even later continue those, if necessary.

Among other items, as I said, the meeting discussed the technical details for the establishment of the interest sections in Jakarta and Lisbon. There has been agreement on this and the two delegations will further consult their capitals and naturally they will also be consulting the prospective protecting powers (Thailand and The Netherlands) where they are going to establish the sections. It is hoped that the interest sections will be in place, certainly by January.

The AIETD will be held in late October to early November under the same terms of reference and format as the earlier meetings. Attempts will be made to expand the participants, as well as the dialogue. The meeting has agreed to implement as early as possible the previous recommendations of the AIETD.

Speaking personally, I'm very satisfied with the progress that's 50 far been achieved. We have a great deal to do as yet and a long way to go, but the willingness to find a compromise and the atmosphere in the negotiations is very positive.

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