Subject: AP: U.S. Backs UN Talks On East Timor
From: "John M. Miller" <fbp@igc.apc.org>

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February 10, 1999

U.S. Backs Portuguese-Indonesian Talks On East Timor Dow Jones Newswires

WASHINGTON (AP)--The U.S. supports Portuguese-Indonesian talks on East Timor as the best vehicle to find and enduring solution to the East Timor problem, the U.S. State Department said.

Spokesman James P. Rubin noted Wednesday that although the talks in New York did not culminate in an agreement, more are planned.

"As the East Timorese move in the coming months to consider either autonomy or independence, we look to all parties - Indonesia, Portugal, the U.N. secretary general and the East Timorese themselves - to work constructively and responsively towards developing a lasting solution with workable transition arrangements," he said.

As a matter of principle and common sense, Rubin said, the views of the people of East Timor have to be taken into account in the process.

"We know that the ministers and the U.N. share this belief and are looking at arrangements to assess the views of the East Timorese on the autonomy package to be offered that continues to be under discussion.

"We will support whatever outcome is acceptable to all the parties."

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