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British Embassy (Dili)

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the closure of the British embassy in Dili on (a) trade activities in the South Pacific and (b) the relationship between East Timor and the UK. (95139)

We assess that the closure of our embassy in Dili will have no significant effect on trade activities in the South Pacific.

Our embassy in Jakarta has now assumed responsibility for UK relations with East Timor. Our ambassador in Jakarta, Mr. Charles Humfrey CMG, will be accredited to East Timor on a non-resident basis. He and his staff will make regular visits there to maintain links between the UK and East Timor. An honorary consul has also been appointed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect on the Truth and Friendship Commission between East Timor and Indonesia of the closure of the UK embassy in Dili and the relocation of diplomatic services to Jakarta. (95093)

We assess that there will be no impact on the Commission for Truth and Friendship (CTF). We have encouraged both Governments to make the CTF a process that enjoys the confidence of the victims and the international community and we will continue to monitor the work of the commission from our embassy in Jakarta.