FORUM LEADERS’ STATEMENT ON EAST TIMOR

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SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT 30th South Pacific Forum Forum Leaders Retreat Carp Island, Republic of Palau October 4, 1999

FORUM LEADERS’ STATEMENT ON EAST TIMOR

Forum Leaders, at their meeting in Retreat at the Carp Island Resort on 4 October 4, discussed the current situation in East Timor.

Leaders warmly commended the strong contribution of South Pacific Forum members to regional security, in partnership with one another and with the international community.

In particular, they applauded the central role played by South Pacific Forum countries in responding to the crisis in East Timor, welcoming in this context Australian leadership of the multinational force, INTERFET, at the request of the UN Secretary General.

Leaders further welcomed Indonesian agreement to the establishment of INTERFET and the early success of INTERFET’s work in restoring peace and security, and facilitating humanitarian assistance.

They called for the early establishment of a UN transitional administration and of a UN peacekeeping force.

Leaders urged all East Timorese parties to lay down their arms, work strenuously for reconciliation, and to do all in their power to help the refugees to return home.

Leaders indicated their willingness and desire to provide practical support, as required and within their resources, for UN operations in East Timor, including for the INTERFET operations.

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj 

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