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Defence sub-committee, JSCFADT affirms strong support for ADF personnel in East Timor



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

PRESS RELEASE

29 September 1999

DEFENCE SUB-COMMITTEE, JSCFADT AFFIRMS STRONG SUPPORT FOR ADF PERSONNEL IN EAST TIMOR

The members of the Defence Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, have today written a letter to all personnel of the Australian contingent of the INTERFET expressing the their appreciation and strong support. Members of the

Sub-Committee acknowledged the grave situation that currently exists in East Timor but affirmed their confidence that the training and professionalism of the Australian Defence Force personnel will ensure success in the task of promoting peace and stability in the region.

The letter went on to say:

‘W e are grateful to the members of the Australian Defence Force who have deployed to East Timor in support of IN T E R F E T and acknowledge the sacrifice th at this entails fo r each of you. You should be conscious th at the thoughts and good wishes of the

Australian people go out not only to you but also to your families and loved ones. W e can be, and are, justifiably proud o f our Defence

Force and the people who comprise it.'

The members of the Defence Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade wish all Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to East Timor a successful mission and a safe return.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Mr David Hawker, MP - Chairman, Defence Sub-Committee, JSCFADT: 02 62774100

Ms Margaret Swieringa - Secretary JSCFADT: 02 6277 4629

Telephone: 02 6277 2313 Facsimile: 02 6277 2221 Email: jscfadt@aph.gov.au

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