Subject: UN: Annan welcomes UN-Indonesia accord on judicial cooperation in East Timor

UNewservice Annan welcomes UN-Indonesia accord on judicial cooperation in East Timor

6 April -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the conclusion of an agreement between the United Nations mission in East Timor and Indonesia on cooperation concerning judicial and human rights matters.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said that the accord, which had been signed on Wednesday, would facilitate the joint efforts of the UN and Indonesia to investigate and prosecute those responsible for last year's violence in East Timor.

The Secretary-General also expressed his appreciation to Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid and Attorney General Marzuka Darusman for taking this important step in meeting their obligations to bring about justice for the crimes committed in East Timor.

According to the agreement, the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and Indonesia pledge to make detained persons available to give evidence or assist in investigations, ensure judicial documents are served, and carry out arrests, searches and seizures.

Both parties also agree to facilitate the transfer of people from one jurisdiction to another, allow for forensic experts to participate in exhumations, ensure representatives of the authorities can participate in legal proceedings and provide information and evidence.

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