HIDES IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS ON DECOLONIZATION
of The Association of Victims of United Nations Negligence
one opens UN homepage http://www.un.org/Dpts/Dpi/decolonizatio/, one would
be surprised and disappointed to find out that the links inside the above
page to important documents on decolonization is not accessible. The
United Nations Information Center, whether deliberate or not, seems to
hide those important and key documents on decolonization for the readers.
looks weird that although the Committee 24 still mentions the existence of
17 Non-Self-Governing Territories and the list does exist on the
decolonization homepage, but almost none of the territories so listed can
be accessed, including among others, the case of East Timor, Tokelau, US
Virging Islands, Falkland Islands and etc.
the numerous documents on decolonization,
the following are the most important ones :
Chapter XI (Declaration Regarding Non-Self-Governing
Chapter XII (International Trusteeship System)
Chapter XIII (The Trusteeship Council)
General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV)
General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV) defining the three options
UN related Resolutions.
the documents listed above, the most important one is the UN Resolution
1541 (XV). This resolution defines the three options for
self-determination and the provisions to be met by a Non-Self-Government
its full status of Self-Governing Territory.
the case of East Timor, for instance, one may pose the following
“ Has East Timor obtained its full status of Self-Government
"Is East Timor considered a Trust Territory under UN
Trusteeship System ?".
"Can the popular consultation of 30th of August
1999 be construed as the implementation of UN Resolution 1541 (XI) ?"
note that the popular consultation held in East Timor was to ask the East
Timorese whether they accept or reject the autonomy package offered by the
United Nations and not asking whether they wanted to choose independence,
association or integraation based on UN Resolution 1541 (XV).
was a contradiction of ideas in the article 6 of the 5th of May
1999 Agreement that may nullify the essence of this Agreement . The
Article 6 reads as follows:
the Secretary-General determines, on the basis of the result of the
popular consultation and in accordance with this Agreement, that the
proposed constitutional framework for special autonomy is not acceptable
to the East Timorese people, the Government of Indonesia shall take the
constitutional steps necessary to terminate its links with East Timor thus
restoring under Indonesian law the status East Timor held prior to 17 July
1976, and the Governments of Indonesia and Portugal and the
Secretary-General shall agree on arrangements for a peaceful and orderly
transfer of authority in East Timor to the United Nations. The
Secretary-General shall, subject to the appropriate legislative mandate,
initiate the procedure enabling East Timor to begin a process of
transition towards independence".
one side the article suggests that if the autonomy package is rejected,
then the status of East Timor has to be restored to the status held by
East Timor prior to 17 July 1976. On the other it gives the mandate to the
Secretary General to initiate the procedure enabling East Timor to begin a
process of transition towards independence.
note that before July 1976 the status of East Timor was not under UN
authority, nor portuguese (it has abandoned East Timor in a chaotic Civil
War) nor Indonesian, but the Temporary Government (PSTT-Pemerintah
Sementara Timor Timur) under the control of the pro-integration faction
that declared integration into Indonesia on November the 30th
closing sentence of the above Article 6 gives the mandate to the Secretary
General "to initiate the procedure enabling East Timor to begin a
process of transition towards independence".
following question then arises: Can the sentence
"initiate the procedure enabling East Timor to begin a process
of transition towards independence" be construed as
post-implementation of UN Resolution 1541 (XV). While in fact there has
never existed a self-determination process for a Non-Self-Governing
Territory like East Timor to choose three options based on UN Resolution
1541. The options offered for the popular consultation was "Accepting
or Rejecting Autonomy", not choosing independence, integration or
the UN package of autonomy was rejected, the most logic way should be that
the UN has to find a new solution other than the autonomy package to be
put before the East Timorese ?
realize that should the UN not hide the important documents on
decolonization from its hompage, things would become clearer, unless UN
does it intentionally in order to keep these issues obscure and let the UN
solve the conflicts its own way by creating and spreading more new seeds
of conflicts around the globe in order to maintain the existence of the
Committee 24 in Charge of Decolonization under the United Nations.
Timor should become the worst example for the United Nations in finding a
peaceful solution to a conflict. One has to remember that in 1983 the
General Assembly accepted the establishment of a Tripartite comprising
Indonesia, Portugal and the UN Secretary General, to find a comprehenssive
and peaceful solution to the case of East Timor. The outcome was the
contrary. A turmoil rather than a peaceful solution in East Timor. It
seems that the UN failed to predict the outcome of the ballot in East
Timor which may mean that the whole time wasted and money of the member
States of the United Nations spent for this issue was in vain, because the
UN experts that were paid with a very high salary failded to predict and
anticipate a tragic situation that happened after the ballot in East
Timor. It seems that the Secretary General and his staff were making East
Timor a test case for a conflict resolotion then solving the case itself.
It is a pitty that in this new modernized world there still exists people
(UN Secretary General and his staff) who subjects other peoples lives into
gambling and experiment although they are wellpaid by UN Member States.
seeing the above bitter experience, the UN should open its legal documents
for the public to judge and assess whether the money paid by the tax
payers around the world that are contributed to the UN is used properly.
those who read this information, I would appeal you to put pressure on the
Untied Nations Information Center to up-date its information on
decolonization since there are still 17 Non-Self-Governing Territores
pending their solution, hoping that the UN will not repeat the same
experience of East Timor in other countries by orchestrating fraudulent
actions in order to create new job opportunities for the international
you for your kind support and attention, and please accept my appology if
this information has disturbed you.
27 November 2000,
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