Subject: AFP: Horta calls for UN tribunal in East Timor

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Nobel laureate Horta calls for UN tribunal in East Timor


Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta called Monday for the creation of a UN tribunal for East Timor if Indonesia fails to punish those responsible for the atrocities committed on the island in 1999.

"If Indonesia proves incapable of bringing the culprits to justice, we believe the UN Security Council will have no alternative but to create an ad- hoc tribunal for East Timor, " said Horta, who is foreign minister in the territory's transitional government.

East Timor has been under UN administration since October 1999, after the island was gripped by a wave of terror blamed on militias trained by the Indonesian army.

The militias opposed the territory's vote for independence from Jakarta on August 30, 1999.

"There can be no reconciliation without justice, we cannot declare an amnesty," said Horta during a joint press conference with Spain's deputy foreign minister, Miguel Nadal.

Horta said that if Indonesia "has the political will to fight impunity and punish those responsible for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor in 199, we would be satisfied."

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