Indonesia Remains Consistent That COE is Unnecessary


Indonesia Remains Consistent That COE is Unnecessary





The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, in his daily press briefing on 18 February, announced the composition of an independent Commission of Experts (COE) to review the prosecution of serious human rights violations committed in East Timor in 1999.



It should be made very clear that, since March 2004, exchanges of information have taken place between the UN Secretary-General and the Governments of Indonesia and Timor-Leste about both the idea of the Secretary-General to establish a COE and the agreement between and Timor-Leste to establish a Commission of Truth and Reconciliation (CTF).



The position of the Government of Indonesia has been consistent and clear : a COE is unnecessary. There is no explicit mandate by the UN Security Council for the Secretary-General to establish a COE.



Indonesia and Timor-Leste have agreed to establish a Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF), based on a reconciliatory approach, in our joint efforts to settle the burdens of our shared past. With the view to enhancing bilateral relations between the two neighbours, the objective of the CTF will be to establish the truth and, at the same time, further promoting reconciliation and friendship between the peoples and governments of the two countries.



Hence, the CTF is intended to be an alternative to the COE, and not a parallel process of the COE.


Therefore, as far as the Government of Indonesia is concerned - and, we have every reason to believe, also the Government of Timor-Leste, we will solely work within the framework of the CTF. The CTF will work in accordance with the provisions contained in its terms of reference, which will be made public in the following weeks. We will not work under any other framework. (end)



Jakarta , 21 February 2005