Subject: RA: UN investigator in ET agrees not to resign

Radio Australia Nov 21, 2000 UN investigator in East Timor agrees not to resign

The UN chief investigator for serious crimes in East Timor has agreed not to resign after last minute pledges by the body's administrators to supply his unit with desperately needed resources.

Oivind Olsen heads 30 investigators in the UN's Special Crimes Unit in Dili, gathering evidence on crimes committed during East Timor's independence-ballot violence last year.

An official says Mr Olsen tendered his resignation late last week out of frustration at chronic under-resourcing of the unit, which was crippling its capacity to prosecute and undermining efforts at reconciliation.


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