Subject: UN Secretary General on Conclusion of UN Talks on East Timor
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 10:42:14 -0400
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

April 23, 1999 United Nations New York

UN Secretary General's Remarks to Press Conference

I am pleased to inform you that, after a very productive and successful round of meetings in which a lot of ground was covered, we have an agreement between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Portugal on the question of East Timor. The agreement has been finalized and will be signed together with its annex in New York on 5 May.

There are two additional documents, which were presented to the delegations for the first time this week. These cover the security arrangements for the peaceful implementation of the popular consultation in East Timor, and the modalities for this consultation. Foreign Minister Alatas has indicated that, while his side has no substantive difficulty with either document, he would have to obtain the approval of his authorities before these can be signed.

I look forward to concluding this historic process on the 5th of May, when all these agreements will be signed. I am grateful for the customary spirit of cooperation and statesmanship displayed by the two ministers, which has enabled us to make such progress.

I welcome the reaffirmation by the Indonesian Government that it will effectively carry out its responsibility for law and order and the protection of civilians. I should also underline the responsibility of all the parties who signed an agreement this week to end the violence in East Timor to fulfill their obligations without delay. Peace and stability are vital in East Timor. I will be happy to take a question or two and then leave you with the ministers.

For more information on Parliamentarians for East Timor, Please Contact:

Sharon Scharfe, International Secretariat PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR EAST TIMOR Suite 116, 5929-L Jeanne D'Arc Blvd., Orleans, ON K1C 7K2 CANADA

Fax: 1-613-834-2021 E-Mail:

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