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East Timor

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the East Timorese Government on the findings of the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry report; when she expects the report’s findings to be implemented; and what reports she has received from the UK Ambassador to the United Nations on East Timorese Government proposals for reparation for victims of violence and the establishment of independent oversight covering the police and armed forces. (114209)

Our ambassador in Jakarta, who is accredited to East Timor, raised the Commission of Inquiry’s report with the East Timorese Prime Minister, Jose Ramos Horta, on 15 November. Mr. Ramos Horta said that action rested with the Attorney-General.

The new UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative to East Timor, Atul Khare, has raised the report in a number of recent press briefings in Dili and has stressed that the Government of East Timor and the UN work together to ensure follow-up to the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.

A number of high-level figures have already been questioned in relation to their involvement in the events on which the report was based. We hope that the East Timorese Parliament will review the report over the coming months. Our missions in the UN and Jakarta will continue to monitor developments closely.