Subject: Fears of unrest swirl in troubled East Timor
E.Timor president asks UN to drop violence probe
October 13, 2008, 9:23 pm
SOIBADA, East Timor (Reuters) - East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta
said Monday he wants the United Nations to drop its investigation into
bloodshed surrounding a 1999 independence vote from Indonesia.
Leaders in East Timor and Indonesia said in July that the issue was
closed after expressing regret at the findings of a joint truth
commission that blamed Indonesian security and civilian forces for
"gross human rights violations."
But the United Nations , which boycotted the truth commission, has said
it will continue to back prosecutions through the Serious Crime Unit,
which it set up to assist East Timor's prosecutors' office in probing
the violence in which the United Nations says about 1,000 East Timorese
"As chief of state, I don't authorise or allow the UN investigation into
the 1999 crimes. Our position is keeping good ties with Indonesia,"
Ramos-Horta told Reuters during a visit to Soibada district, about 100
km (60 miles) from the capital, Dili.
Several Indonesian military officials were tried in Indonesian human
rights courts following the 1999 violence, but none was convicted.
East Timor , a former Portuguese colony invaded by Indonesia in 1975,
won independence after a violence-marred, <http://U.N.-organised>U.N.-organised
vote in 1999. It became fully independent in 2002.
(Writing by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by Sugita Katyal and Paul Tait)
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