The United Nations and East Timor: Self-Determination through Popular Consultation

The United Nations and East Timor: Self-Determination through Popular Consultation

The United Nations and East Timor: Self-Determination through Popular Consultation

The United Nations and East Timor: Self-Determination through Popular Consultation

Synopsis

This publication reviews the history of UN involvement in East Timor, since its annexation by Indonesia in 1976, including the objectives and activities of the UN Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) and the UN Transitional Administration of East Timor (UNTAET). It has been prepared to mark the first anniversary of the popular consultation in the region, held on 30 August 1999.

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The first anniversary of the national consultation is an occasion to celebrate the rebirth of East Timor as a free and democratic nation. It is also an opportunity to salute the courage of the East Timorese people and the memory of those brave men and women who perished in the struggle for independence.

The East Timorese people have suffered enormously to reach this moment. Thousands have seen loved ones die. Many were denied their basic human rights. But, throughout their ordeal, they kept hope alive. Now, like other peoples around the world, they finally have an opportunity to build a State of their own.

Helping the East Timorese achieve this noble goal is one of the greatest responsibilities ever given to the United Nations. Fortunately, we are working with the people of East Timor as true partners in every field - fostering economic development; promoting tolerance and reconciliation; creating a civil . . .

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