SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS UNTAET MANDATE TO 31 JANUARY 2002

31 January 2001
SC/7001

SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS UNTAET MANDATE TO 31 JANUARY 2002

31/01/2001
Press ReleaseSC/7001

Security Council

4268th Meeting (PM)

SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS UNTAET MANDATE TO 31 JANUARY 2002

Urging further delegation of authority to the East Timorese people in the Territory's transition to independence, the Security Council this afternoon extended the current mandate of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until 31 January 2002.  This extension takes into account of the possible need for adjustments in the independence timetable.

The Council, unanimously adopting resolution 1338 (2001), requested the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to continue to take steps to progressively delegate further authority within the East Timor Transitional Administration until authority is fully transferred to the government of an independent State of East Timor, as set out in the report of the Secretary-General.  The resolution was sponsored by the United Kingdom.

The Council called upon international financial institutions, the United Nations funds and programmes and bilateral donors which have committed resources to East Timor to accelerate disbursements, particularly in areas relevant to peace-building and development assistance.  It reaffirmed the continued need for effective coordination of such assistance.

By other terms of the text, the Council urged the international community to provide financial and technical assistance for the creation of an East Timor Defence Force, and encouraged and welcomed UNTAET's coordinating role in that endeavour.

UNTAET was to respond robustly to militia threat in East Timor consistent with Council resolution 1272 (1999), the Council said, stressing the need for a comprehensive solution to the problem caused by militia activity in camps in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (West Timor) and its effect on refugees.

The Council emphasized the need for measures to address shortcomings in the administration of justice in East Timor, particularly to bring to justice those responsible for serious crimes in 1999 (when the people voted for independence from Indonesia).  It also stressed the need for urgent action to expedite the training of the Timor Lorosae Police Service and for attracting sufficient resources to develop the police service and the judicial system.

The Council stressed the need for a substantial international presence in East Timor after independence, and asked the Secretary-General to make detailed recommendations on that to it within six months.  The recommendations should be developed in close consultation with the East Timorese people and in coordination with other relevant international and bilateral donors, particularly the

international financial institutions and the United Nations funds and programmes, the Council said.

The Secretary-General was also asked to submit, by 30 April this year, a report on the implementation of UNTAET's mandate, which should include, in particular, military and political assessments of the situation on the ground and their implications for UNTAET's size, structure and deployment.  The Council expressed its intention to take appropriate steps expeditiously on the basis of that report, taking into account the views of troop-contributing countries.

The full text of resolution 1338 appears below.

The meeting, which began at 1:31 p.m., was adjourned at 1:33 p.m.

      Draft Resolution

“The Security Council,

Reaffirming its previous resolutions on the situation in East Timor, in particular resolutions 1272 (1999) of 25 October 1999 and 1319 (2000) of

8 September 2000, and the relevant statements of its President, in particular those of 3 August 2000 (S/PRST/2000/26) and of 6 December 2000 (S/PRST/2000/39),

Having considered the report of the Secretary-General of 16 January 2001 (S/2001/42),

Commending the work of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General,

Expressing support for the steps taken by UNTAET to strengthen the involvement and direct participation of the East Timorese people in the administration of their territory, and urging further measures to delegate authority to the East Timorese people as an essential part of the transition to independence,

Encouraging efforts to achieve the goal of independence for East Timor by the end of 2001, as set out in paragraphs 4 and 50 of the report of the Secretary-General, and acknowledging that it is the responsibility of UNTAET to ensure free and fair elections in collaboration with the East Timorese people,

Reiterating its endorsement of the recommendations contained in the report of the Security Council Mission to East Timor and Indonesia (S/2000/1105) of 21 November 2000, in particular the view of the Mission that a strong international commitment will be required in East Timor after independence,

“Underlining its concern at the continued presence of large numbers of refugees from East Timor in the camps in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (West Timor), and at the security situation there, particularly as it relates to militia activity and the effect on refugees, and stressing the need to find a comprehensive solution to the problem,

Recalling the relevant principles contained in the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel adopted on 9 December 1994, and emphasizing the need to take further steps to ensure the safety and security of international personnel in East Timor and Indonesia, in view of the dangers faced,

Welcoming and encouraging efforts by the United Nations to sensitize international personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations,

Emphasizing the need for continued international financial support to East Timor, and urging all those who have made pledges to the Trust Fund for East Timor to make their contributions expeditiously,

“1.  Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General of 16 January 2001;

“2.  Decides to extend the current mandate of UNTAET until

31 January 2002, bearing in mind the possible need for adjustments related to the independence timetable;

“3.  Requests the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to continue to take steps to delegate progressively further authority within the East Timor Transitional Administration (ETTA) to the East Timorese people until authority is fully transferred to the government of an independent State of East Timor, as set out in the report of the Secretary-General;

“4.  Encourages UNTAET, bearing in mind the need to support capacity-building for self-government, to continue to support fully the transition to independence, including through development and training for the East Timorese people;

“5.  Calls upon the international financial institutions, the United Nations Funds and Programmes and bilateral donors who have committed resources to East Timor to fulfil their commitments and to accelerate disbursements, in particular in areas relevant to peace-building and development assistance, and reaffirms in this regard the continued need for effective coordination of development assistance to East Timor;

“6.  Urges the international community to provide financial and technical assistance to the creation of an East Timor Defence Force, and encourages and welcomes the coordinating role of UNTAET in this endeavour;

“7.  Underlines that UNTAET should respond robustly to the militia threat in East Timor, consistent with its resolution 1272 (1999);

“8.  Emphasizes the need, in the light of the recommendations in the report of the Security Council Mission, for measures to address shortcomings in the administration of justice in East Timor, particularly with a view to bringing to justice those responsible for serious crimes in 1999, and for urgent action to expedite the training of the Timor Lorosae Police Service and to attract sufficient resources to develop this police service and the judicial system;

“9.  Encourages the Government of Indonesia, while acknowledging their efforts so far, to continue to take steps, in cooperation with UNTAET and relevant international agencies, in accordance with its resolution 1319 (2000) and the relevant recommendations in the statement of its President of 6 December 2000;

“10.Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Security Council by 30 April 2001 a report on the implementation of the mandate of UNTAET, which should include in particular military and political assessments of the situation on the ground and their implications for the size, structure and deployment of UNTAET, and expresses its intention to take appropriate steps on the basis of this report expeditiously, taking into account the views of troop-contributing countries;

“11.Stresses the need for a substantial international presence in East Timor after independence, and requests the Secretary-General to make detailed recommendations in this regard to the Council within six months of the adoption of this resolution, which should be developed in close consultation with the East Timorese people and in coordination with other relevant international and bilateral actors, in particular the international financial institutions and the United Nations funds and programmes;

“12.Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”

Secretary-General’s Report

When the Security Council met this afternoon to discuss the situation in East Timor, it had before it a report of the Secretary-General on the UNTAET (document S/2001/42).  The report covers UNTAET's activities and developments in East Timor since 27 July 2000.

In the report, the Secretary-General states that in light of the calendar of transition and the changes that independence will bring, the Council should extend the UNTAET mandate until 31 December.  The goal of reaching independence before the end of the year was "ambitious" and left little room for technical or political delays.  Once independent, East Timor will still require substantial international support that goes well beyond the kind of assistance normally provided to a developing country.  Such support should be provided through an integrated mission under a Special Representative, mandated by the Council and funded from assessed contributions.  (For details of the report, see Press Release SC/6999 of 26 January.)

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