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Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she plans to make to the new special representative for Timor-Leste; what assessment she has made of the recent situation in Timor-Leste; and if she will make a statement. (108537)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials plan to meet with the newly-appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Atul Khare, before he departs to take up his position in Timor-Leste. They will stress the important role that the UN has to play in helping Timor-Leste to recover from the recent crisis, by providing high-level political support and institution building, and preparing the country for the national elections planned for April/May 2007.

The situation in Timor-Leste has improved greatly since the height of the unrest in April/May. The Government of Timor-Leste, the international forces and the UN are working together to bring lasting peace and stability to Timor-Leste.