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International Commentary regarding the 2006 East Timor Crisis
Ema Mundu sira Hateten konaba Susar iha Timor Lorosae laran
Komunidade Internasional Koalia konaba
Krize iha Timor-Leste laran

Last updated: 25 July 2006

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BD: 2006 Crisis in East Timor / Susar/Emerjensia iha Timor-Leste laran

21 July 2006 TLNAIT / ACTJET / IFET: Letter to United Nations on Justice
"The recent crisis in Timor-Leste has created the need for new justice and peacebuilding processes, ... However, the crisis this year has also reinforced the need to deal with “unfinished business” from the past. ... We believe that the creation of a new, expanded UN mission is necessary if Timor-Leste is to succeed as a nation. In addition, the international community must seize this unique opportunity to make amends for its failure to adequately support the transitional justice process. ... This may be the UN’s last chance to achieve justice for the people of Timor-Leste in line with the Security Council’s earlier commitment, expressed nearly seven years ago in Resolutions 1264 and 1272. If this does not happen, there may be further instability in Timor-Leste, and the rule of law and respect for human rights internationally will be undermined. There will also continue to be calls for an international tribunal."
Rosentino Amado Hei, Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal,
Dr Mark Byrne, Convenor, Australian Coalition for Transitional Justice in East Timor,
John M. Miller, UN Representative, International Federation for East Timor

26 June 2006 LH: Suggestions for next United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste
"The Dili-based Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis is proposing an expanded and extended United Nations mission in Timor-Leste (East Timor), beginning shortly and lasting several years. In a detailed memorandum to UN staff and Security Council members, the Institute (known in Tetum as La’o Hamutuk) draws on six years experience monitoring UN activities in Timor-Leste to urge “that both the quality as well as the duration of the international presence there be evaluated and improved.” " Charles Scheiner, La'o Hamutuk (The East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis)

Spanish Original:
18 June 2006 Sin Permiso: Wark & Cabral: Timor Oriental: detrás de la demonización de Mari Alkatiri
"Los medios de comunicación, especialmente los australianos (Noticias del Departamento de Asuntos Exteriores y Comercio) han ofrecido una visión particularmente distorsionada de la crisis. ... El mal está representado en la figura de una persona. Identificar una cabeza de turco sugiere que su eliminación hará que, mágicamente, las cosas vuelvan a ir bien de nuevo. Mucha gente piensa hoy que “musulmán” y “terrorista” son términos afines, si es que no son sinónimos. El primer ministro musulmán de Timor Oriental, Mari Alkatiri, aparece en la prensa mediante “entrevistas al hombre de la calle” como un “terrorista” (para no mencionar también sus cualidades de “traidor” y “asesino”), una palabra que vuelve verificada y fortalecida por la prensa en la calle. ¿Qué hay detrás de estas caricaturas de Alkatiri?" Estêvão Cabral, doctor en Relaciones Internacionales y fue un guerrillero del Falantil & Julie Wark, miembro del Consejo Editorial de sinpermiso

English Original:
24 June 2006 ICH: Cabral & Wark: Behind The Demonisation Of Mari Alkatiri
"The media, especially the Australian media (News from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), has offered a particularly distorted view of the crisis. ... Evil is represented as embodied in the figure of one person. Identifying a single scapegoat suggests that his removal will magically make all well again. Many people today think of “Muslim” and “terrorist” as related, if not synonymous terms. The Muslim Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Mari Alkatiri, appears in the press through man-in-the-street interviews as a “terrorist” (not to mention “traitor” and “killer”), a word that then returns press-verified and reinforced to the street. What lies behind these depictions of Alkatiri?" Julie Wark, (Spanish and Catalan) translator and author & Estêvão Cabral, long-time member of Fretilin

27 May 2006 ETAN Statement on the Current Violence in Timor-Leste
"Statements by Australian government leaders that providing security assistance entitles them to influence over Timor-Leste’s government are undemocratic, paternalistic, and unhelpful. Who governs Timor-Leste is a decision to be made by its people within its constitution. ... Australia bears special responsibility for Timor’s underdevelopment by refusing to return revenues, totaling billions of dollars, from the disputed petroleum fields in the Timor Sea, including Laminaria-Corallina, and by bullying Timor-Leste into forsaking revenues that should rightfully belong to it under current international law and practice. As in 1999, we must not forget that the Australian government’s actions have contributed to the situations their peacekeepers have now been sent to correct. Australia should not view its current assistance to Timor-Leste as a favor, to be repaid, but instead as a partial repayment for the debt Australia owes the Timorese people for its help during WW II and for Australia's deep complicity in Indonesia's invasion and occupation." East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)

9 May 2006 ETAN: Country Fragile, International Assistance, Justice Still Needed
"We urge the international community and the UN, especially the Security Council, to work with Timor-Leste to complete the nation-building and development tasks to which it has already committed. Security Council members should favorably consider the Timor-Leste government's request for a special UN office until after next year's presidential and parliamentary elections. These national elections, the first in independent Timor-Leste, will help determine if democracy has staying power in this new nation. In addition to electoral assistance, the Secretary-General has proposed continued human rights monitoring, military liaisons, police training advisers, and other assistance to improve the competence of government institutions. A formal mission will also increase the East Timorese people's sense of security over the coming year, whereas a premature end to the mission could escalate public fear." East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)

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