Subject: Bernama: Malaysia supports emergence of stable Timor

December 01, 2000

Government supports emergence of independent and stable East Timor


Kuala Lumpur, 29th November: Malaysia will continue to give priority to the emergence of a free, stable, and safe East Timor which will have good relations with Indonesia and other neighbours.

Malaysian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Datuk Hasmy Agam said the peace and stability of East Timor will depend on complete peace not only among the East Timor people but also between East Timor and Indonesia.

According to him, the issue of justice must be properly handled within the context of achieving peace in East Timor because there will be no genuine and eternal peace without justice.

"Probably, this issue will be fully handled by the leadership of an independent East Timor, but UNTAET (United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor) can play an important role in making steps to ensure the success of this process," he told an open session of the UN Security Council on the situation in East Timor.

The text of his speech was faxed to Bernama here.

Hasmy said UNTAET has started an important step in facilitating peace talks and strengthening Eats Timor's ability to achieve justice. "The international community and the Security Council must continue to support these efforts and other efforts made by UNTAET," he said.

He said Malaysia, like other Security Council members, is concerned over the fate of refugees remaining in camps in West Timor. Hasmy said Malaysia appreciates efforts to immediately redeploy representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] and other relief agencies in camps in West Timor.

"We welcome the Indonesian government's commitment to cooperating with the United Nations and other international agencies in allowing the UNHCR and humanitarian workers to return to West Timor, " he said.

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