Subject: LUSA: Next Donors Conference Set for Oslo in December

15 Jun 01 15:46 East Timor: Next Donors Conference Set for Oslo in December

The next East Timor donors conference will be held in Oslo in December, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian ambassador to Australia reaffirmed Friday in Canberra.

The diplomat confirmed the invitation to Oslo at the end of the two-day East Timor donors conference in the Australian capital.

The foreign minister of East Timor's transition administration, Jose Ramos Horta, highlighted in comments to Lusa that the Oslo conference would serve to publicize the cause of East Timor.

"The Prize was given to Tibet and the problem wasn't resolved. It was given to Burma and the problem wasn't resolved. It was given to the peace process in the Middle East and the peace process has practically fallen apart", said Ramos Horta, who is a co-laureate of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize.

He added that the first donors conference in 2002 would likely be held in Dili, "perhaps at the ministerial level".

East Timor, which had been occupied by Indonesia for 24 years, voted for independence in 1999 and has since been governed by a UN transition administration charged with overseeing the transition to full independence, expected in 2002.

JBC -Lusa-

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