Subject: UN: SG Welcomes ET Accord
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 10:35:19 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <fbp@igc.apc.org>

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY FRED ECKHARD, SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY GENERAL UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Wednesday April 21, 1999 SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES EAST TIMOR ACCORD

The Secretary-General, in a statement, welcomed the announcement of the signing of an agreement in East Timor designed to end the violence and establish peace and stability in the Territory.

He said he was confident that the implementation of such an agreement both in spirit and on the ground will be of paramount importance to the negotiations under his auspices and the overall peace process in which he is engaged.

A new round of talks on East Timor started this morning at UN headquarters. Jamsheed Marker, the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor, started a bilateral meeting with the Portuguese delegation led by Fernando Neves shortly after 10:30 a.m. They were expected to adjourn at noon. The bilateral meeting with the Indonesian delegation led by Nugroho Wisnumurti will be at 2:30 this afternoon. Following that, both sides will meet with Marker.

The ministerial level talks start tomorrow and will continue until Friday. The Secretary-General will meet at 10:15 a.m. with Foreign Minister Ali Alatas of Indonesia and at 10:45 a.m. with the Foreign Minister of Portugal, Jaime Gama. At 11:15 a.m., the Secretary-General will meet with both sides. After a working luncheon with Marker, the two delegations, led by both Ministers, will continue meeting in the afternoon.

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