Subject: UN set up in E. Timor, Indonesia agree to form border panels: report

Agence France Presse May 17, 2001

UN set up in East Timor, Indonesia agree to form border panels: report


Indonesia's government and the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) have agreed to establish joint sub-committees on border security, a report said Thursday.

"Both sides, Indonesia and UNTAET, agreed to form nine joint border sub-committees," the head of the Indonesian delegation for talks with the UNTAET, Sujandnan Parno Hadiningrat, told the Antara news agency.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting held in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, Hadiningrat said both sides had agreed to discuss setting up of a sub-committee on police affairs and security on June 15.

The sub-committee, he said, would delineate the border between Indonesia and East Timor.

Indonesia, he said, wanated peace with East Timor and advocated detailed discussion, in the joint border committee, of all problems concerning the boundary.

The UNTAET information office in Jakarta could not immediately confirm the report.

East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999, after 24 years of Indonesian rules.

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