|SUMMARY OF THE STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM OF JURISTS FOR EAST
Presented by Vanessa Ramos
The International Platform of Jurists for East Timor, a non-governmental organization
of jurists, with its Secretariat in the Netherlands, firmly believes that this Committee
has to implement the decolonization of East Timor pursuant to the Declaration for the
Concession of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, Resolution 1514(XV)
immediately: it has been almost 23 years of occupation. A referendum should take place
immediately under the close supervision of the United Nations free from any coercion,
intimidation or threats.
We totally reject statements by Indonesia calling for so-called "special
status" and demand that the government of Indonesia clearly recognize the right of
East Timor to self-determination without pre-conditions and play of words. We extend our
thanks and solidarity to all those Indonesians, that under threat of incarceration, have
spoken on behalf of the East Timorese.
We believe that the Peace Plan proposed by the National Council of Maubere Resistance
is a fair and reasonable proposal to achieve self- determination and a long lasting peace.
A decolonization process has to necessarily involve a Working Group of the United Nations
and its specialized agencies to prepare the foundation for the exercise of the right to
self determination, human rights specialists and the establishment of a human rights
commission. We believe that in order for a process to have credibility, the
representatives of the people of East Timor must have full and equal participation in all
phases of negotiations, in particular the leaders of the East Timorese resistance.
Therefore, we recommend that the conversations under the auspices of the Secretary General
between Portugal and Indonesia include the legitimate representatives of the people of
East Timor. We further call upon the regime of Indonesia to release the leader of the East
Timorese resistance, Xanana Gusmao and all other political prisoners in order to prepare
the path for peace.
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