The United Nations Security Council heard speeches by delegates of Japan and FRETILIN (Revolutionary Front For the Independence of East Timor) on Thursday (15 April) as part of its debate on the crisis over East Timor.
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CU Timor delegate speaking
KANAZAWA: "My delegation believes that the council, in order to obtain these objectives, should do the following. First to reaffirm the right of East Timor to self determination in accordance with General Assembly resolution 1514 Roman 25. Second, to continue efforts to restore peace and order enabling the people of East Timor to exercise their right to self determination. Third, to call upon the government of Indonesia to complete without delay the withdrawal of all its main forces from the territory."
HORTA: "At this moment there are over 30,000 Indonesia paratroopers and marines in East Timor. This information has been independently obtained by Australian Intelligence officials. It is totally untrue that major forces have been withdrawn form the territory of the Democratic Republic of East Timor. On the contrary, new reinforcements have been sent continuously".
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Background: The United Nations Security Council heard speeches by delegates of Japan and FRETILIN (Revolutionary Front For the Independence of East Timor) on Thursday (15 April) as part of its debate on the crisis over East Timor.
The main issue before the council is East Timor's integration with Indonesia. It has been in a state of turmoil since last August when there was a coup d'etat by one group and then a counter-coup by another. Since then there has been continual fighting, and the Portuguese, who still do not formally recognize the territory's independence, retired to an offshore island, unable to control the situation.
The Provisional Government in Dili, was able to drive Fretilin, the left-wing movement, out of the main population centres with Indonesia military aid.
In a resolution last December, the Security Council called on the Indonesians to withdraw from East Timor. Fretilin representative, Jose Ramos Hortas, claims there are still 30.000 troops in East Timor.
Japan's representative, Mr. Masao Kanazawa, called upon Indonesia to withdraw form the area immediately so the people could exercise their right to self-determination.
(This report is serviced with sound extracts from speeches by Mr. Kanazawa and Mr. Horta. Transcripts appear below.)
SYNOPSIS: The Security Council debate on the crisis over East Timor continued at the United Nations on Thursday, with speeches by a representative of the country's left-wing movement, Fretilin, and the Japanese delegation.
For Japan, Masao Kanazawa said Indonesia must withdraw form East Timor immediately.
Fretilin's Jose Ramos Hortas said a large number of Indonesian troops remained.