NEW YORK, 15 NOVEMBER 2004
STATEMENT BY HE Mr. GON«ALO
GOMES, AMBASSADOR AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SANTA CLARA TO THE UNITED NATIONS, TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL (Report Of The Secretary-General On The United Nations PORTUGAL Of Support In Timor-Leste ) Mission
I would like to thank the Secretary-General for his latest report on the situation of Timor-Leste and to welcome SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa back to the Council.
subscribes to the statement the representative of the Portugal will make on behalf of the European Union. I will only add a few comments of our own. Netherlands
The Secretary-Generalís report sets out clearly that Timor-Leste has made significant advances towards self-sufficiency. Nevertheless, major challenges remain and continuing international assistance is essential.
agrees with the SG that under the current circumstances we should refrain from any change of the composition or size of UNMISET, including those of the police and military components. Portugal
In this context, I want to take this opportunity to add that a significant part of the equipment utilized by the former Portuguese military contingent in UNMISET, amounting to over 20 MUSD, was donated by
to the Government of Timor-Leste. Portugal
Timor-Lesteís relations with its neighbour countries continue to develop, but it is with concern that we note that in one major aspect it has not yet resulted in any concrete agreement - on border delineation. Stable relationships with its neighbouring States and timely access to natural resources are essential in paving the way for a peaceful and economically sustainable development of Timor-Leste. But so is the settlement of both land and maritime borders.
The justice sector continues to show serious shortcomings and it remains an area that needs critical assistance from the international community. In this context, I would like to inform the Council that
contributed with 1.2 MUSD to help the Ministry of Justice, together with UNDP and UNMISET, launch an institution called the Judicial Training Centre. Today, this centre provides standardised post-graduate professional training to all judges, prosecutors and public defenders as a condition for permanent appointment. Portugal
We also note that while drafts of a criminal code and a criminal procedures code are currently under consideration, it is important to move forward on this process.
believes that both codes will complement the legislation on the national police. Portugal
is also seriously concerned with the SGís recognition that it may not be possible for the serious crimes process to fully respond to the need and desires for justice to all of those affected by the events of 1999. As the SG stated in his report, we also believe that the perpetrators of the serious crimes must be brought to justice. We will support an initiative of the SG to explore possible ways to bring about true accountability to situations of human rights violations. Portugal
My final remarks relate to the responsibility of the international community and of the United Nations in this important and final stretch of
Timorís recent history. It is important that UNMISET, a peacekeeping operation, be terminated as planned in May 2005. But it is even more important that Timor-Leste continues to benefit from the organized and coherent support of the UN system after that date. We are all conscious that, despite the gigantic steps the country has taken in institution building and in becoming a viable State, much more remains to be done. International support, bilateral and multilateral, must be forthcoming. We have achieved a lot and we must safeguard that investment by ensuring that Timor-Leste keeps benefiting from the assistance of the international community. believes that we must begin to envision a smooth transition for Portugal Timor, without peacekeeping, but with a solid and coordinated UN presence to support those who will remain helping Timor-Leste beyond May 2005.