Subject: LUSA: Changes in UN practice needed to preempt genocides - PM Alkatiri

07-04-2004 12:55:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-5945514 Temas:

East Timor: Changes in UN practice needed to preempt genocides - PM Alkatiri

Dili, April 7 (Lusa) - East Timor's prime minister, Mari Alkatiri, recalling the genocide in Rwanda and the slaughter of his own people under Indonesian occupation, called Wednesday for changes in the working of the United Nations to preclude future tragedies.

"We have no doubts that we can only avoid these types of events if changes are made in the United Nations system", which "sometimes blocks up", Alkatiri told a gathering of dignitaries in Dili to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rwanda bloodbath.

The prime minister also gave special thanks to Australia for its rapid military intervention in 1999 to quell the scorched-earth campaign unleashed by pro-Indonesian militias at the time of the territory's independence plebiscite.

As to East Timor's contribution to peace, Alkatiri said Dili had assumed, after "24 years of suffering" under Jakarta, "a firm commitment to avoid, at all costs, the repetition of new internal conflicts".

He also underlined his government's engagement in a good- neighbor policy with Indonesia and its commitment to reconciliation at home.

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