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Wednesday, September 15, 1999 Published at 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

UN Timor resolution - the full text



The operative section of the United Nations Security Council resolution, adopted early on Wednesday, that authorises an international force for East Timor:

East Timor
The Security Council, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

1. condemns all acts of violence in East Timor, calls for their immediate end and demands that those responsible for such acts be brought to justice;

2. emphasises the urgent need for co-ordinated humanitarian assistance and the importance of allowing full, safe and unimpeded access by humanitarian organisations and calls upon all parties to co-operate with such organisations so as to ensure the protection of civilians at risk, the safe return of refugees and displaced persons and the effective delivery of humanitarian aid;

3. authorises the establishment of a multinational force under a unified command structure, pursuant to the request of the Government of Indonesia conveyed to the Secretary-General on 12 September 1999, with the following tasks:

  • to restore peace and security in East Timor,
  • to protect and support Unamet (the UN mission in East Timor) in carrying out its tasks and,
  • within force capabilities, to facilitate humanitarian assistance operations, and
  • authorises the states participating in the multinational force to take all necessary measures to fulfil this mandate;

    4. welcomes the expressed commitment of the Government of Indonesia to co-operate with the multinational force in all aspects of the implementation of its mandate, and looks forward to close co-ordination between the multinational force and the Government of Indonesia;

    5. underlines the Government of Indonesia's continuing responsibility under the Agreements of 5 May 1999, taking into account the mandate of the multinational force set out in paragraph 3 above, to maintain peace and security in East Timor in the interim phase between the conclusion of the popular consultation and the start of the implementation of its result and to guarantee the security of the personnel and premises of Unamet;

    6. welcomes the offers by member states to organise, lead and contribute to the multinational force in East Timor, calls on member states to make further contributions of personnel, equipment and other resources and invites member states in a position to contribute to inform the leadership of the multinational force and the Secretary-General;

    7. stresses that it is the responsibility of the Indonesian authorities to take immediate and effective measures to ensure the safe return of refugees to East Timor;

    8. notes that Article 6 of the Agreement of 5 May 1999 states that the governments of Indonesia and Portugal and the Secretary-General shall agree on arrangements for a peaceful and orderly transfer of authority in East Timor to the United Nations and requests the leadership of the multinational force to cooperate closely with the United Nations to assist and support those arrangements;

    9. stresses that the expenses for the force will be borne by the participating member states concerned and requests the Secretary-General to establish a trust fund through which contributions could be channelled to the states or operations concerned;

    10. agrees that the multinational force should collectively be deployed in East Timor until replaced as soon as possible by a United Nations peacekeeping operation, and invites the Secretary-General to make prompt recommendations on a peacekeeping operation to the Security Council;

    11. invites the Secretary-General to plan and prepare for a United Nations transitional administration in East Timor, incorporating a United Nations peacekeeping operation, to be deployed in the implementation phase of the popular consultation (phase 111) and to make recommendations as soon as possible to the Security Council;

    12. requests the leadership of the multinational force to provide periodic reports on progress towards the implementation of its mandate through the Secretary-General to the council, the first such report to be made within 14 days of the adoption of this resolution;

    13. decides to remain actively seized of the matter.



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