Subject: Donor Conference For East Timor Begins In Norway Dec 11

Associated Press November 22, 2001

Donor Conference For East Timor Begins In Norway Dec 11

OSLO, Norway (AP)--The day after he receives his Nobel Peace Prize in December, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will take part in a donor conference for East Timor in the Norwegian capital.

Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik will host the two-day conference starting Dec. 11, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Also present will be World Bank President James Wolfensohn and East Timorese freedom fighter and acting foreign minister Jose Ramos-Horta, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996.

East Timor's people voted to split from Indonesia in 1999, and the country is now being administered by the U.N. It will become an independent state in May 2002.

Annan shared this year's peace prize - worth 10 million Swedish kronor ($1=SEK10.681) - with the U.N. as an organization.

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