Subject: UN Press Briefing: May 21, 1999
Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 11:35:57 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <>

21 May 1999

Press Briefing



Question: You said that the East Timor report is due on Monday or sometime next week. Is there a possibility that the United Nations would decide not to send any civilian police or observers because of the worsening conflict in that area?

Deputy Spokesman: No. In the agreement, what is foreseen is that the United Nations will, at some point, assess the conditions in order for the consultation process to go ahead. But the report now is for the establishment of the mission with all its components.


Question: Do you have anything further on whether [Martti] Ahtisaari is flying to Sweden over the weekend to see the Secretary-General? And secondly, on East Timor, Indonesia today announced they were moving the date of the election forward by one day. Does the United Nations approve, know about it? Portugal didn't seem to know about it.

Deputy Spokesman: Yes, I've seen both media reports. On the one talking about this Ahtisaari/Secretary-General meeting in Sweden. I am trying to find out about it. I don't have anything at this time to give to you to confirm it.

On East Timor, no, we were not consulted on that.

Follow-up Question: [inaudible]

Deputy Spokesman: No, we continue our work based on the original date that was agreed upon.

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