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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
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(Question No. 124)


Mr Brereton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 May 1996:

(1) When and where has the UN Secretary-General held discussions with representatives of Indonesia and Portugal concerning East Timor.

(2) Who were the representatives in each case.


Mr Downer —The answer to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

At its thirty seventh session, by its Resolution 37/30 of 23 November 1982, the United Nations General Assembly requested the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) to initiate consultations with all parties directly concerned with the question of East Timor with a view to exploring avenues for achieving a comprehensive settlement of the problem and to report to the Assembly at its thirty-eighth session. Although the question of East Timor is included annually in the General Assembly's provisional agenda, the matter is now customarily rolled over. The last resolution to be passed on East Timor in the General Assembly was Resolution 37/30.

The following information has been taken from the UNSG's annual progress reports to the General Assembly. These reports vary in the degree of detail provided about individuals involved in the talks and dates and places where the talks took place. Details are provided on both bilateral meetings between the UNSG (or his representative) and Indonesia and Portugal and tripartite talks involving the UNSG, Indonesia and Portugal.

1982

30 April—UNSG met separately with Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja of Indonesia and Colonel Vitor Alves, Special Envoy of the President of Portugal

June—UN Under-Secretary-General (UNUSG) Ahmed met the Director-General for Political Affairs of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry in Singapore

29 September—UNUSG Ahmed met Foreign Minister Vasco Futscher Pereira of Portugal

30 September—UNSG met the Prime Minister of Portugal Mr Pinto Balsemao

3 December—UNSG met separately Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja of Indonesia and Mr Paulo Marques Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

1983

April—UNSG met President Ramalho Eanes and the Prime Minister of Portugal in Portugal

24 May—UNSG met the Foreign Minister of Indonesia June/July—UNSG and UNUSG Ahmed met separately on several occasions the Permanent Representatives of Indonesia and Portugal in New York

July—meeting of Indonesian and Portuguese Permanent Representatives in New York

19 September—UNSG met Portuguese President Eanes and Foreign Minister Gama

6 October—UNSG met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar

8 December—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar in Bangladesh

1984

14 January—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar in Morocco

22 February—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar in Brunei

16 March—UNSG met Portuguese Prime Minister Mario Soares

9 April—UNSG met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar

8-10 May—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar in Jakarta

28 May—UNSG met Portuguese Foreign Minister Gama

11 July—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar in Jakarta

8-10 August—UNSG met Portuguese President Ramalho Eanes, Prime Minister Mario Soares and Foreign Minister Gama in Portugal

27 August—UNSG met Mr Ali Alatas, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN

3-7 September—UNUSG Ahmed met Portuguese President Eanes, Foreign Minister Gama and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Mr Carlos da Mota Pinto in Lisbon

1 October—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar together with Portuguese Foreign Minister Gama in New York

1 October—UNSG met the Portuguese and Indonesian Foreign Ministers

8 October—UNUSG Ahmed met separately the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal in New York

12-16 November—First round of tripartite talks held between the Indonesian and Portuguese Permanent Representatives in New York

19 November—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar

21 November—UNUSG Ahmed met Mrs Maria de Lourdes Pintassilgo, Adviser to the President of Portugal

18 December—UNUSG Ahmed met the Indonesian Foreign Minister in Yemen

1985

7-9 January—Second round of tripartite talks with Indonesia and Portugal

4 February—UNSG met President Suharto and Foreign Minister Mochtar in Jakarta

26 February—UNSG met Mr Rui E Barbosa de Medina, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations in New York.

18-22 March—The third round of tripartite talks between Indonesia and Portugal was held

7 March—UNSG met Foreign Minister Mochtar of Indonesia

28-31 May—Fourth round of tripartite talks between the Indonesian and Portuguese Permanent Representatives to the United Nations held in New York

24-28 June—Fifth round of tripartite talks between the Indonesian and Portuguese Permanent Representatives to the United Nations held in New York

19-22 August—Sixth round of tripartite talks between the Indonesian and Portuguese Permanent Representatives to the United Nations held in New York

24 October—UNSG met the President of Portugal Ramalho Eanes.

1986

February/March—a series of meetings held with the Permanent Representatives of Indonesia and of Portugal

May and July—UNSG met President Mario Soares of Portugal

pre July—UNSG and UNUSG Ahmed met on several occasions the Foreign Ministers of the two countries

September—UNSG and UNUSG Ahmed had further contacts with the Portuguese and Indonesian Foreign Ministers

October—January 1987—three more rounds of tripartite talks held (precise dates unavailable)

1987

13 February—UNSG met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar in New York

February, March and April—three more rounds of tripartite talks held (precise dates unavailable)

27-29 April—UNSG met President Soares, Prime Minister Cacaco Silva and Foreign Minister Pires de Miranda in Portugal

20 May—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar

June, August and September—three more rounds of tripartite talks held (precise dates unavailable)

2 October—UNSG met Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar

1988

14 January—UNSG met Portuguese Foreign Minister Joao de Deus Pinheiro in New York

4 February—UNSG met the Indonesian Permanent Representative

2 June—UNUSG Ahmed met Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas

8 June—UNSG met Portuguese President Mario Soares.

UNSG met separately President Suharto of Indonesia, President Soares of Portugal, Prime Minister Cavaco Silva of Portugal and Foreign Minister Pinheiro of Portugal and Foreign Minister Alatas of Indonesia (precise dates and venues unavailable).

1989

9 May—tripartite talks between Indonesia, Portugal and UNSG resumed

Three more rounds of tripartite talks were subsequently held (precise dates unavailable).

1990

Sep 89—Sep 90—UNSG conducted seven rounds of tripartite talks between Indonesia and Portugal (specific dates unavailable)

UNSG and UNUSG Ahmed also met representatives of the Governments of Portugal and Indonesia during this period

1991

UNSG and UNUSG Ahmed met the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Portugal and the Foreign Minister of Indonesia.

27 June—UNSG met Portuguese and Indonesian representatives

Three more rounds of tripartite talks conducted (dates unavailable)

(talks were interrupted after the Indonesian Government cancelled a planned visit to East Timor by a Portuguese Parliamentary delegation)

1992

24 January—UNSG met the Foreign Minister de Deus Pinheiro of Portugal in New York

21 February—UNSG met the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs in New York

15 April—UNSG met the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Beijing

26 August—UNSG met the Foreign Minister de Deus Pinheiro of Portugal in London

2 September—UNSG met President Suharto and the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta

26 September—UNSG met Indonesian and Portuguese Representatives in New York

17 December 1992—UNSG held first round of a new series of tripartite talks with the two Foreign Ministers in New York

1993

21 April—UNSG held second round of tripartite talks with the two Foreign Ministers in Rome

17 September—UNSG held third round of tripartite talks in New York

The UNSG Senior Political Adviser, Mr Alvaro de Soto, convened a number of meetings of the Permanent Representatives of the two countries to the United Nations.

1994

early 1994—series of meetings held including discussions with the Permanent Representatives of Indonesia and Portugal in New York

6 May—the UNSG held the fourth round of tripartite talks with the Indonesian and Portuguese Foreign Ministers in Geneva

1995

9 January—UNSG held a fifth round of tripartite talks with the Indonesian and Portuguese Foreign Ministers in Geneva

8 July—UNSG held sixth round of tripartite talks with the Indonesian and Portuguese Foreign Ministers in Geneva

1996

16 January—UNSG held seventh round of tripartite talks in London

27 June—UNSG held eighth round of tripartite talks in Geneva.