MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
8 September 1999
Australian Representation In East Timor
Due to the detriorating security and communications situation in East Timor, Australian representation will be reduced but maintained.
The Australian consul and six staff based in Dili have today left East Timor temporarilly to return to Australia. The decision to evacuate the staff follows communication difficulties and a power failure at the consulate building in Dili.
These arrangements have been agreed with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan.
Three Australian officials who have been at the Consulate
will remain in Dili based at the UNAMET compound to assist UNAMET
officials with any further evacuations deemed necessary and to
provide basic consular services to any Australians who have chosen
to remain in Dili.
Minister - Innes Willox 02 6277 7500
Department - Mark Croxford 02 6261 1555
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