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East Timor

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she has taken to implement her undertaking not to support any new programmes by the Government of Indonesia covering East Timor. [16040]

We are not supporting any projects through the Government of Indonesia which cover East Timor.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the compliance of the European Union's three-year programme of aid to East Timor with the European Union's objectives in respect of strengthening respect for human rights.[16041]

The European Commission are still developing their proposals. My officials are maintaining contacts with their counterparts in the Commission.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what human rights projects she intends to support in East Timor.[16044]

We are actively investigating the best means of addressing human rights issues in East Timor (including economic and social rights) in consultation with NGOs and other interested parties.