Subject: TLGOV: Explanation of vote after the vote Human Rights Council

Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the United Nations

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Explanation of vote after the vote

Human Rights Council

15 March 2006

Timor-Leste commends the extraordinary and tireless efforts made by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Member States and the Co-chairs, Ambassador Kumalo of South Africa and Ambassador Arias of Panama, however, Timor-Leste would have preferred that negotiations continue for a few weeks more to ensure that consensus be reached in the creation of this important and historic Human Rights Council.

We share the same concerns on membership criteria as expressed by other delegations, including the European Union and the United States. In this regard, Timor-Leste will not vote in favor of candidates for membership on the Human Rights Council that are under sanctions of the Security Council for human rights abuses.

We are strongly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and in this regard we will actively cooperate with the Human Rights Council.

Finally we would like to associate ourselves with the statement to be delivered by the Representative of Sao Tome and Principe on behalf of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Thank you

see also UN Human Rights Council page

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