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“We have indicated to the Secretary General that for a period of two to three years a modest number of senior level international will be needed to advise the new government. ... For the period of two to three years or more a significant number of Peace Keeping Forces will have to stay in the territory. However we understand the International Community cannot go on subsidising a large and expensive UN presence in East Timor.” Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs

Media Release

30 July 2001

For Immediate Release

UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL SPECIAL SESSION ON EAST TIMOR

Transitional Administrator of East Timor, and Special Representative of the Secretary General Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, and Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs Dr Jose Ramos-Horta will address the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York today. The UNSC special session will to review the progress so far of East Timor and to consider options for the UN presence after independence.

The meeting will consider a report tabled by Secretary General Kofi Annan containing key recommendations regarding a level of continued UN military and civilian presence in East Timor, beyond independence.

“We have indicated to the Secretary General that for a period of two to three years a modest number of senior level international will be needed to advise the new government.” Dr Ramos-Horta said today.

“For the period of two to three years or more a significant number of Peace Keeping Forces will have to stay in the territory. However we understand the International Community cannot go on subsidising a large and expensive UN presence in East Timor.”

“We believe that the current strength of the Peace Keeping Force can be scaled down to a credible and prudent level without jeopardising the overall security in the territory, and without undermining the tremendous progress made in East Timor since 1999.” Dr Ramos-Horta said.

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For further information contact:

Ms Caroline O’Brien
Media Liaison Officer - Department of Foreign Affairs
East Timor Transitional Administration
Telephone: +61 (0)417 879 953
Email: contact_carolineo@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.faetta.com


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