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Cablegate: Guidance for the Report of Srsg to Timor-Leste

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TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 1737
INFO ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS STATE 050323

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM UNSC TT
SUBJECT: GUIDANCE FOR THE REPORT OF SRSG TO TIMOR-LESTE
CORE GROUP


1. (U) ACTION REQUEST: The Core Group for Timor-Leste will
receive the report of the Secretary General's Special
Representative for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, at 10:00 on May
13. USUN is requested to draw on material in para 3 below in
responding to Khare's report. End Action Request.

2. (U) Objectives
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-- Convey U.S. Government interest in improving the
effectiveness of policing in Timor-Leste.

-- Emphasize the continuing importance of achieving
accountability for the 2006 crisis and for the restoration of
stability. Accountability can be advanced through a fair and
transparent vetting process of the Timorese police and
implementation of the recommendations of the UN Special
Independent Commission of Inquiry (COI).

-- Ask what UNMIT's top priorities are for the coming year
and how SRSG Khare plans to accomplish them.

3. (U) Talking Points
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-- We are concerned that the task of rebuilding the capacity
of the Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) remains unfinished.

-- What are UNMIT's plans for strengthening PNTL, including
the timeline for handing over authority for law enforcement
to PNTL during the coming year?

-- Buy-in by the Government of Timor-Leste will be critical
to any security sector reform initiative.

-- How does UNMIT plan to handle the issue of separating
Timorese police officers implicated in human rights abuses?
(Note: We understand that at least 300 police have been
identified as implicated in human rights violations and
should be separated with a severance package. We are
concerned that failure to settle the terms of their
separation will create a new source of conflict. End note).

-- The actions of the UN in Timor-Leste send a clear signal
to the Government of Timor-Leste and the Timorese public as
to whether the international community remains committed to
achieving accountability for the events of 2006 as called for
by UNSC resolution 1802.

-- We understand that a UN agency operating in Timor-Leste
plans to hire a former senior Government of Timor-Leste
official named in the COI Report who has neither been
investigated nor prosecuted.

-- The U.S. strongly opposes action by UNMIT or any UN agency
to hire, directly or indirectly, any individual named by the
COI Report as reasonably suspected of participation in
serious criminal activity in 2006 until the competent
authorities of the GOTL have acted on the COI recommendations.
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