Subject: UN Sec.Council DRAFT resolution on UNAMET
Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 11:42:38 -0400
From: Charles Scheiner <cscheiner@igc.org>

East Timor: Draft Resolution

Tabled in the United Nations Security Council, 26 May 1999.

[Because this resolution authorizes civilian police, there is a 15- day notification period required by the United States. The resolution will be acted on after that time passes, and the police (see section 2) cannot be sent to East Timor before it is adopted. The rest of the mission is proceeding under prior authorization. -- Charlie Scheiner, IFET]

The Security Council,

Recalling its previous resolutions on the situation in East Timor, in particular resolution 1236 (1999) of 7 May 1999,

Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General on the Question of East Timor (S/1999/595),

Expressing deep concern that the situation in East Timor remains extremely tense and volatile,

Taking note of the pressing need for reconciliation between the various competing factions within East Timor,

Welcoming the appointment of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the East Timor Popular Consultation, and reiterating its support for the efforts of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor,

1. Approves the establishment by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) to organize and conduct a popular consultation in order to ascertain whether the East Timorese people accept or reject the proposed constitutional framework providing for a special autonomy for East Timor within the unitary Republic of Indonesia, in accordance with the Agreement between Indonesia and Portugal on the question of East Timor of 5 May 1999 (the General Agreement) (S/1999/513, Annex I), and to enable him to discharge his responsibility under paragraph 3 of the Agreement between the United Nations and the Governments of Indonesia and Portugal of the same date regarding security arrangements (the Security Agreement) (S/1999/513, Annex III);

2. Authorises for a period of three months the deployment within UNAMET of up to 280 civilian police officers to act as advisers to the Indonesian Police in the discharge of their duties and, at the time of the consultation, to supervise the escort of ballot papers and boxes to and from the polling sites;

[3. Notes the intention of the Secretary-General to undertake further consultations on the appointment of military liaison officers to maintain contact with their Indonesian Counterparts and to assist him in the discharge of his responsibilities under the General Agreement and the Security Agreement and requests him to report to the Council on the outcome of these consultations;

nb: language on this issue to be addressed following outcome of current consultations between UN and Indonesia]

4. Welcomes the Secretary-General's intention to conclude with the Government of Indonesia, as soon as possible, a status-of-mission agreement and urges the early conclusion of negotiations with a view to the full and timely deployment of UNAMET;

5. Calls upon all parties to cooperate with UNAMET in the implementation of its mandate, and to ensure the security and freedom of movement of its staff in all areas of East Timor;

6. Approves the modalities for the implementation of the popular consultation process scheduled for 8 August 1999 as set out in the report of the Secretary-General;

7. Reminds the Government of Indonesia of their responsibility to maintain peace and security in East Timor, in particular in the present extremely tense and volatile situation, in order to ensure that the consultation is carried out in a fair and peaceful way and in an atmosphere free of intimidation, violence or interference from any side and to ensure the safety and security of United Nations and other international staff and observers in East Timor;

8. Requests all parties to create conditions allowing for the full participation of the East Timorese people in the popular consultation;

9. Urges that every effort be made to make the Commission on Peace and Stability operative, and in particular requests UNAMET to take up the issue of the security and personal protection of members of the Commission with the local police and military;

10. Reiterates its request to the Secretary-General to keep the Security Council closely informed of the situation, and to report to it on a regular basis on the implementation of its resolutions and of the Tripartite Agreements (S/1999/513, Annexes I-III) and on the security situation in East Timor;

11. Decides to remain seized of the matter.


Charles Scheiner, U.N. Representative
International Federation for East Timor
P.O. Box 1182, White Plains, New York 10602 USA
Telephone:1-914-428-7299; fax:1-914-428-7383
Internet:ifet@etan.org
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