MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
25 August 1999
Australian Official Observer Delegation For The East Timor Ballot
I am pleased to announce that Australia's Official Observer Delegation to the East Timor ballot to be conducted on 30 August 1999 will depart for East Timor on Thursday 26 August to undertake its mission.
The Delegation will be led by the Hon Tim Fischer MP and will consist of a four member multi-party Parliamentary delegation, three representatives from Non-Government Organisations and three Government officials.
Other Parliamentary participants are Senator Marise Payne from the Liberal Party, the Hon Laurie Brereton MP from the Labor Party and Senator Vicki Bourne of the Democrats. The mission will be in East Timor until 1 September.
The Delegation is officially accredited by the Chief Electoral Officer of the United Nations Mission to East Timor (UNAMET). The Australian Delegation, along with other accredited international observer delegations, will observe the ballot on polling day in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Observers as specified by UNAMET.
Consistent with our objective of supporting a free and fair UN ballot in East Timor, the Australian Official Observer will, along with other international observer groups, provide independent international scrutiny of the ballot process.
The Australian Government has been a strong supporter of, and contributor to, the UN consultation process. This process has provided a once in a generation opportunity for the people of East Timor to decide their future at the ballot to be held on 30 August. Whatever the outcome of that ballot Australia will continue to assist the people of East Timor in the future.
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