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Subject: EU Statement on East Timor
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 20:25:19 GMT

The following is the full text of the Statement on East Timor which was contained in the European Union Presidency Conclusions - Vienna 11 and 12 December 1998:



The European Council hopes that the encouraging results of the negotiations between Portugal and Indonesia under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General will be followed by tangible progress on the ground, notably through a real and substantial reduction in the military presence in the territory, the liberation of Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao as well as of all the political prisoners and the establishment in East Timor of a permanent UN presence. The European Council is of the view that a definitive solution to the East Timor question will not be possible without free consultation to establish the real will of the East Timorese people.

TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 111 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK Phone: 0181 771-2904 Fax: 0181 653-0322 email: Campaigning to expose human rights violations in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh

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