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Statement by
H.E. Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa
Permanent Representative of
the Republic of Indonesia
to the United Nations

 

Agenda Item:
“The Situation in Timor Leste”

 

New York, 19 February 2009

 


Mr. President,

Let me begin by commending you for convening this important debate on the situation in Timor-Leste and, at the same time, congratulating you on your very able stewardship of the Council during the month of February. I wish to join the previous speakers in welcoming His Excellency President Jose Ramos Horta of Timor-Leste to this august body and thanking him for his important statement today.

We would like also to thank the Secretary-General for his report and express our appreciation to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Atul Khare, for his briefing and for his leadership in implementing the UNMIT mandate.

 

Mr. President,

We wish to associate our-selves with the statement made earlier by the distinguished delegate of Thailand on behalf of the member countries of ASEAN.

As its closest neighbor, we are following closely the developments in Timor-Leste, and are heartened to note a number of positive developments in the country during the Secretary-General’s reporting period:

As stated in the Secretary-General report, the security situation in the country remains calm. The people and leaders of Timor-Leste have remarkably moved ahead in overcoming the most visible reminders of the 2006 crisis, including the issues of IDPs and the so-called petitioners. The Government’s five-pillars National Recovery Strategy to deal with the consequences of the crisis has proved to be effective and fruitful.

As the resilience of Timor-Leste’s state institutions has been proved, in particular as exemplified in dealing with the consequences of the incidents of 11 February 2008, and due to the progress made in addressing the issues related to 2006 crisis, growing public confidence in these institutions is noted.

There has been noted progress in reconciliation and democracy as well. All the political parties continue to work constructively in Parliament. Dialogue among the stakeholders continues to be pursued to promote broad consensus in dealing with important challenges confronting the country. It is worth noting that, as mentioned in the report, President Ramos Horta has made laudable efforts to create opportunities for the opposition to make contributions to issues of national interest.

Those positive developments are indeed reflective of the progress of the implementation of UNMIT’s mandate.

 

Mr. President,

We encourage UNMIT to help maintain this conducive environment, and to support to the best of its abilities, the Government of Timor Leste to make further progress in tackling the challenges it currently faces.

We in particular encourage UNMIT to devote more attention to mobilizing support among development partners to address poverty and unemployment in Timor-Leste. These two issues in the past contributed manifestly to the 2006 crisis and addressing them will also contribute to the long term stability of the country in the future.

We appreciate UNMIT’s continued efforts to assist the Government in the promotion of its security sector reform. We are of the view that long-term security and stability in the country will depend on the capacity of Timor-Leste security institutions to function in an accountable, impartial, responsible and effective manner.

With regard to the UNMIT’s mandate to assist the promotion of democratic governance, it is crucial that UNMIT continue to assist Timor-Leste in institution-building efforts in further ensuring that State institutions function properly.

We encourage UNMIT to support the Government’s endeavors to increase opportunities for the people of Timor-Leste to take on judicial line functions. We support the Government’s efforts to achieve early and effective “Timorization” of the justice system, as described in the Secretary-General’s report.

 

Mr. President,

We take note with interest the proposed medium term strategy developed by the Secretary-General as an annex to his report. We believe that the strategy should be developed on the basis of the national priorities of Timor-Leste, and put emphasis on the ownership and leadership of the Government of Timor-Leste in their implementation.

We believe that the implementation of a medium term strategy should lead to the gradual ownership by Timor Leste of tasks currently being performed by UNMIT.

We continue to support UNMIT in implementing its mandate with a view to assisting the people and the Government of Timor-Leste in achieving self-sufficiency.

We recognize the need to ensure the sustainability of the international community’s support to Timor Leste’s efforts on its path toward security and prosperity. In this regard, we welcome the recommendations of the Secretary-General for the Council to renew UNMIT’s mandate for another twelve months.

 

Mr. President,

As a final note, we are pleased to inform you that Indonesia and Timor-Leste continue to enjoy an excellent level of bilateral relations. We continue to move forward in deepening and expanding our bilateral cooperation in various areas. We recognize that Timor-Leste has become a much valued partner in the region.

It is the firm commitment of Indonesia to continue to support Timor-Leste in its efforts to achieve a stable, prosperous and democratic country.

Thank you Mr. President.

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