Statement on East Timor

Meeting of the Socialist International Africa Committee, Maputo, Mozambique, 3-4 September 1999


The Socialist International Africa Committee, meeting in Maputo on 3-4 September 1999,

Congratulates the people of East Timor and the Timorese National Resistance Council, CNRT, for the overwhelming victory of the independence option in the referendum organised by the United Nations;

Calls on the UN to maintain its commitment in the self-determination and independence process by guaranteeing the security in the territory by the deployment of peace-keeping forces;

Calls upon the Indonesian authorities to respect the democratically expressed will of the people of East Timor and to immediately release the leader of the Timorese resistance, Xanana Gusmão.