NEW ZEALAND GIVES $135,000 TO EAST TIMOR COMMISSION

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New Zealand has announced it is giving almost US$135,000 to help fund the continuing operations of East Timor's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Foreign Minister Phil Goff, who has been visiting East Timor, says the extra money will help the commission hear up to 100 more cases of human rights violations.

The Commission is said to have heard 600 cases since it was set up two years ago, and Mr Goff says a further 700 remain.

Mr Goff says he hopes other international donors will be stepping in to help the commission continue its work, which is totally dependent on foreign funding.

New Zealand has been a strong supporter of the commission since its inception, providing a total of almost $500,000 so far.

February 4, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

 

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