UNTAET’s Timorization process is not clearly visible within the Transitional administration. Also, the transitional administration does not have a definite target for achieving it.
This was stated by the vice-president of CNRT/CN Mario Carrascalao in an interview with Radio UNTAET last week.
“In order for Timor Lorosae to be fully independent, it is necessary [for the transitional administration] to have full capacity-building in order to create a definite level of Timorese administrators till all the administrative positions in UNTAET are filled by Timorese people,” said Mario.
Mario said that with regard to the capacity-building exercise only statements had been made and nothing concrete had been achieved.
He said before full independence is achieved for the country, all key positions in important sectors had to be filled by Timorese people.
When asked what prevented these positions from being filled, Mario said the main problem in the Timorization process was the system implemented by UNTAET in Timor Lorosae.
“Because they [UNTAET] arranged everything, they also have their own views and perceptions,” said Mario.
Mario said UNTAET did not have a clear program, nor did it have a definite direction, for the country as it heads towards independence.
See also on Timorisation:
17 STL: Mario Carrascalao: UNTAET Does Not Have A Timorization Target
News from ETimor added Apr 19
“In order for Timor Lorosae to be fully independent, it is necessary [for the transitional administration] to have full capacity-building in order to create a definite level of Timorese administrators till all the administrative positions in UNTAET are filled by Timorese people,” Mario Carrascalao, vice-president of CNRT/CN
17 Gusmao: No Need For Timor Lorosae To Have Instant Independence
News from ETimor added Apr 19
“We are not chasing instant independence. We will be fully independent next year. But what we want from the UN is to inherit a country which can govern and administer itself. That is our wish,” Xanana Gusmao, CNRT/CN President
19 STL: Timorisation [Editorial from ETimor]
"Many Timorese are disappointed because the Timorisation process just appears to be on the surface, with numbers more important than having the power to make crucial decisions." Suara Timor Lorosae
5-6 2000 REDE: Women's Network statement to Brussels donor conference
"If the goal is a sustainable political and administrative transition than it must be capable of involving the people in the most informed and inclusive manner possible. The transition can not be of the elite, it must be of the people. Timorisation and capacity building have become catch phrases for the current administration, and with reason, as the administration has been almost fully staffed by internationals. However the mistaken perception that there is no Timorese capacity or that there is capacity only amongst a few, and the convenience of talking with a limited elite can not justify jumping over and undermining the institutions being created with such difficulty." Filomena Reis, REDE - Feto Timor Lorosae Timorese Women's Network
5-6 2000 CNRT/CNP: Brussels donor's meeting - opening speech by the CNRT's
"CNRT feels that the two pillars which should support the transition to independence are: preparation of the Timorese, or the so-called "timorization" in government structures and the entire political process leading up to the adoption a Constitution. ... As the process of Timorization moves ahead, time and space should be made for the Timorese to make decisions, otherwise, Timorese will increasingly feel as on-lookers, powerless and frustrated." Xanana Gusmao, CNRT/CNP - National Council of Timorese Resistance / National Congress Presidency
Nov 6 2000 ETO: Transition, half way to independence [Report]
Nov 6 2000 OTL: Transição, a meio caminho para a independência [Report]
"A resolução 1272 do Conselho de Segurança (CS), de 25 de Outubro 1999 sublinhava nas tarefas da UNTAET “o apoio à criação de capacidades para um governo próprio” e insistia na “necessidade da UNTAET consultar e cooperar estreitamente com o povo de Timor Leste afim de cumprir o seu mandato eficazmente tendo em vista o desenvolvimento de instituições democráticas locais... , e a transferência para estas instituições das suas funções administrativas e de serviço público”."
"Xanana Gusmão acusou a missão das NU de ter falhado no envolvimento dos timorenses no processo transitório para a independência. “Não estamos interessados numa herança de carros e leis, nem estamos interessados numa herança de planos de desenvolvimento para um futuro concebido por outros que não os timorenses. Não estamos interessados em herdar uma racionalidade económica que coloca de lado a complexidade social e política da realidade timorense, nem desejamos herdar os pesados mecanismos de tomada de decisão e implementação de projectos nos quais o papel dos timorenses é o de dar o seu consentimento como observadores ao invés de agentes activos que deveríamos começar a ser.” (Sidney Morning Herald, 10-10-2000)." OTL - Observatório Timor Leste