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MEDIA STATEMENT

 

The Hon. John Moore, MP

Minister for Defence

 

Wednesday, 15 September 1999

MIN273/99

 

Minister Welcomes UN Resolution

 

The Australian Government welcomes the unanimous adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) e stablishing a multinational force for East Timor, to be known as INTERFET (International Force for East Timor).

 

Australian forces are ready and will deploy as soon as a suitably representative initial INTERFET force can be assembled.

 

Australia is working closely with the UN and countries who have indicated they will take part in the mission, to ensure the earliest possible arrival in East Timor of the multinational force.

 

At the request of the United Nations, Australia will accept leadership of the multinational force.

 

Chris Wordsworth - Media Adviser - 02 6277 7800, 0419 982 482

 

 

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