Subject: LUSA: Security Council to Discuss Future UN Civil Presence

21 Jan 02 20:34 East Timor: Security Council to Discuss Future UN Civil Presence

The United Nations Security Council meets next week to renew the mandate of its mission in East Timor and discuss its civil presence in the territory following independence, diplomatic sources told Lusa Monday.

The UN mandate in Timor ends on Jan. 31, with independence taking place on May 20.

The Security Council approved last October the presence of a UN mission in Timor. This will have three components: military, political and civil. The financing of the civil constituent, considered essential to guarantee the functional viability of the Timorese government, will be decided on at the meeting on Jan. 30-31.

The UN head administrator in Timor, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and Dili`s Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta will be attending this meeting, the same sources added.

Separately, the Constituent Assembly in Dili extended Monday the period of debate of the new Constitution which will now be approved by March 9. The decision was taken after a special commission analysed the preparation of a new timetable in response to a motion approved last Friday in the assembly.

CJB -Lusa-

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