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A/53/227


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

13 August 1998

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                                                         A/53/227
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                                                         Original: French

              
General Assembly
Fifty-third session
Item 93 of the provisional agenda*
Question of East Timor

     * A/51/150.


    Letter dated 12 August 1998 from the Permanent Representative of
    Austria to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


     I have the honour to draw your attention to the statement issued on 12
August 1998 by the Presidency of the European Union concerning East Timor.

     I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter and its
annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly.


                                  (Signed) Ernst Sucharipa
                             Permanent Representative of Austria
                                     to the United Nations


                                Annex

                                           [Original: English and French]
                                                          

    Statement on East Timor issued on 12 August 1998 by the Presidency of
                        the European Union


     The European Union has noted with satisfaction the results achieved at
the meeting between the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the
Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Portugal on the question of East Timor,
held in New York on 4 and 5 August 1998.  It expresses its appreciation of the
constructive spirit which prevailed at this meeting, and commends the
Secretary-General and his Personal Representative, Ambassador Jamsheed
Marker, for the key role they played in achieving this result.

     The European Union welcomes the Ministers' agreement to enter into
in-depth negotiations on issues related to the question of East Timor,
addressed in the final communique' of the meeting, without prejudice to their
basic positions of principle.

     Recalling the conclusions of the Council of 13 July 1998, it hopes that
these negotiations will lead to a just, comprehensive and internationally
acceptable solution in the near future.

     The European Union also notes with satisfaction the prospect for closer
involvement of the East Timorese in the search for a solution. The European
Union takes note of the recent reduction in troop numbers and encourages the
Indonesian Government to further reduce its military presence in East Timor.
It calls upon the Indonesian Government to expedite the release of East
Timorese political prisoners, including Xanana Gusm o.

    The European Union welcomes the Ministers' agreement to establish interest
sections in each other's capitals by the end of 1998.

     The Central and Eastern European countries and Cyprus associated with the
European Union and the European Free Trade Association countries Iceland and
Norway, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this
statement.

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