Mr. Parulian G. A. Silalahi,
Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the
Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations
On Agenda Item 151:
Financing of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)
Before the Fifth Committee
Sixty-first Session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York, 21 March 2007
Thank you Mr. Chairman,
As this is the first time for my delegation to take the floor in this resumed session, allow me to join other delegations in congratulating and warmly welcome you Mr. Chairman and thus extend my delegation’s cooperation in our important deliberations. My delegation believes that under your wisdom and leadership, we will achieve fruitful outcomes.
With regards to the agenda item under discussion, Indonesia recognizes the importance of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and thus strongly supports the mission in advancing the processes of peace-keeping, peace-building and nation-building in Timor-Leste. The processes of peace-building and nation-building, as key elements of development, are not easily achieved, especially where peace and stability remains fragile. This very fact serves as the main motive for Indonesia to constantly support the work and mandate of UNMIT.
Indeed UNMIT will significantly contribute to the security and progress of Timor-Leste, starting with the presidential and parliamentary elections in the weeks and months to come. Acting on the mandate of Security Council resolution 1704 (2006), UNMIT is committed in supporting all aspects of the 2007 post-independence national elections, an exercise deemed as a vital step on the path towards peace and stability. To ensure the successful conduct of free, fair and credible elections, UNMIT has committed substantial political and technical resources towards that end.
Nevertheless, while the immediate concern is to ensure the peace and stability of Timor-Leste, the ultimate purpose of external assistance is to equip the Government and people of Timor-Leste with the capacity to reduce poverty in their midst, improve living standards and to meet its national development priorities.
We acknowledge, that in order to make all that possible -- including capacity-building in other critical areas, which will transform Timor-Leste into an open, thriving democracy -- requires adequate funding. Provisional resources have been approved for the start-up activities of UNMIT, including its extensive support for the 2007 elections.
With regards to the Sectary-General’s proposed budget for UNMIT for the period from 25 August 2006 to June 30 2007, it is essential to underline the importance of properly translating the ultimate purpose of UNMIT into the dollars terms. The very limited resources must be carefully allocated into the accurate units and teams under the UNMIT.
As an instance we noted that UNMIT puts a relatively big amount of P4-P5 officers for Electoral Assistance Office compared to the Democratic Governance Support Office, while it may be understood for the coming election, but in the long term, democratic governance is the ultimate goal to achieve. Likewise is the large number of staffs in one of the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the SG which mainly has a coordination function. We think it would be more appropriate, if those resources could be allocated more to say the Administration of Justice Support Section or maybe even the Security Support Section, which may have a more direct impact to the people of Timor Leste.
We also could not comprehend the rationale of having a substantial resource of international staffs in the Serious Crimes Investigation Team – which its main objective is to dwell in past events although still important, but not as important as to say Humanitarian, Gender or HIV/AIDS units – which are to invest for Timor Leste’s brighter future. We do hope the Secretariat could look into this matter and realign their priorities within the limited budget available. Having said that my delegation also welcomes the report - documented as A/61/802 - introduced by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ).
All in all, Indonesia expects that available funds will be spent in such a way that the ultimate goals of UNMIT’s mandate are met in a cost-effective, responsible and timely manner. This will be an important step towards the creation of a stable and bright future for Timor-Leste.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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