East Timor needs UN for at least another year

Kofi Annan is recommending that the UN stay in East Timor for an extra year, although scaled down, so to ensure that stability is cemented. Currently the withdrawal date in May 2005, he is seeking it to be May 2006.
East Timor is a fragile country. It has undergone brutal genocide under the 25 year rule of Indonesia (one-third of the population was killed). It is struggling to ensure that it has enough money from its oil reserves, which it is battling Australia for control. It is also trying to reconcile the different sections of its society, from the Muslims (who identify with Indonesia) and the Catholics (who identify themselves as East Timorese).
The UN needs to ensure that East Timor is capable of being a stable country before it leaves. East Timor is one of the 'feel-good' stories of the world (although not deserved given the west implicitly supported the Indonesian genocide of the East Timorese). East Timor must not fall back into the void of human rights abuses, which it has just come out of.


"from its oil reserves, which it is battling Australia for control. ",

I remember many years ago when this was going on. I was living in Oz at the time. Is Australia still trying to get its greasy hands on East Timor's oil? 

Posted by WhyNot
2/25/2005 08:13:00 am  
Yes it is. Australia and Indonesia struck a deal which went something like this: Australia gets more oil than it should have (by international law on sea borders) and shuts up about the abuses of human rights and genocide which Indonesia commits.
But the East Timorese want their oil now, and Australia doesn't want them to have it. 

Posted by Greg Stephens
2/25/2005 08:20:00 am  
"But the East Timorese want their oil now, and Australia doesn't want them to have it ",

Jesus fuckin' christ, you'd think there are enough goddam reserves of oil off the shores of the Australian continent for not even 20 million ppl not to go steal other countries' oil.

But no, they have to go screw what they can out of a tiny nation's waters, and one that's suffered massive genocide.

It's all so disgusting, I truly feel sick in the guts.

This fascist rat John Howard should be alongside with Bush and Blair in The Hague tribunal answering crimes against humanity. 

Posted by WhyNot
2/25/2005 08:37:00 am  
Here's a link for background on the issue.

East Timor Action Alert  

Posted by Dianne
2/25/2005 11:44:00 am  



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