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Postopek : 2008/2533(RSP)
Potek postopka na zasedanju
Potek postopka za dokument : B6-0095/2008

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Razprave :

PV 21/02/2008 - 9.1
CRE 21/02/2008 - 9.1

Glasovanja :

PV 21/02/2008 - 10.1

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0079/2008
19 February 2008
with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Frithjof Schmidt, Raül Romeva i Rueda
on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
on East Timor
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on East Timor 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on East Timor,

-  having regard to the declaration of Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the CFSP of 11 February 2008,

–   having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the dismissal in May 2006 of nearly 600 soldiers in East Timor, who had staged protests against alleged unfair treatment and too little pay led to a very serious crisis in the country, characterised by armed confrontation between the armed forces and the dismissed troops, police disruption, riots and gang violence, leaving 37 people dead and many more wounded; whereas about 150 000 people fled to the capital, where many of them still remain in refugee camps, since there houses have been destroyed,

B.  whereas, following a social and political stabilisation process, with a stronger engagement of international community under the auspices of the United Nations, responding to Timorese authorities appeals, free and peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections were held, on 9 May 2007 and 30 June 2007,

C.  whereas, former Prime Minister and Nobel Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta was elected President of East Timor and, following the parliamentary elections of June 2007, former President Xanana Gusmão became Prime Minister of the country on 6 August 2007, giving hope to a definitive stabilisation of the country and the full respect of the democratic institutions,

D.  whereas, on 11 February 2008 the two leaders of the rebel soldiers dismissed in 2006, Alfredo Reinado and Lieutenant Gastao Salsinha, staged coordinated attacks against the leadership of the country, seriously wounding the President Jose Ramos-Horta, while the prime minister Xanana Gusmão could escape unharmed,

E.  whereas the attack happened after President Ramos-Horta had personally engaged with the rebels in order to find a negotiated solution and had on 13 January in a secret meeting brokered an agreement with Reinado which foresaw according to reports the arrest of Reinado and his followers, but subsequent amnesty, a compensation offer for the dismissed soldiers of three years' salary or a return to the army,

F.  whereas the exact series of events still remain unclear, and notably the role of the national and international security forces leaves many questions yet to be answered,

G.  whereas the government has declared the state of emergency and has requested re-enforcements for the 1,600 international peacekeepers already deployed in East Timor,

H.  whereas East Timor is a full member of the ACP group of States and whereas both the European Union and the United Nations are publicly committed to support the independence of East Timor, democracy and rule of law in the country, which requires the consolidation of the State institutions,

1.  Condemns vehemently the attempted assassination of President Ramos-Horta and wishes for his full recovery and quick return to the leadership of the country;

2.  Condemns vehemently the simultaneous attack against Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, which fortunately had no personal consequences, and wishes that the Timorese government together with the National Parliament be able to overcome these renewed threats to East Timor's stability and to ensure the respect of law and order and the normal functioning of the democratic institutions, according to the Timorese Constitution;

3.  Urges all parties in East Timor to refrain from violence, to be involved in an all-inclusive dialogue to settle political differences and to participate in the democratic process within the legal and constitutional framework, thus contributing to restoring social and political stability;

4.  Urges the main political forces in East Timor, in power and in opposition, to engage in a cross-party and lasting understanding on core issues of the functioning of the State as the armed forces, the police and the judiciary system;

5.  Calls on the East Timor authorities to prohibit, disband and disarm paramilitary groups, armed gangs and armed civilians, to take effective measures against the existing impunity and to bring the actors of the 11 February attacks to justice;

6.  Welcomes the announced UN investigation into all aspects of security for the country's leaders and suggests the inquiry of an independent body into the 11 February events,

7.  Reminds that the role to be played by the international community, and in particular the UN, the mandate of which has to be renewed for the end of February, is of vital importance to the process of consolidating the state of East Timor and supports the South African proposal for a sustained UN commitment until 2012 in order to permit more long-term planning;

8.  Recommends that the decisions and orders of tribunals are promptly respected and fully enforced by the Timorese authorities, with the support, whenever necessary, of the international forces in the country;

9.  Hopes that the United Nations will be able to quickly review the system deployed in East Timor, responding to the country’s authorities appeals; the international forces sent to the country are only helpful and useful if they are ready to prevent violence, capable of prompt and effective response to any incident that breaks democratic order and normality, and able to gain and strengthen the respect and trust on their action from the population and the main Timorese political forces;

10.  Reaffirms the recognition East Timor's need for political, technical and financial support in rebuilding the infrastructure and administrative structures which are essential to resume the implementation of its development plan, as well in invigorating the Timorese economy and the promotion of employment;

11.  Urges the government to rigorously invest the revenues from the substantial gas and oil deposits into poverty alleviation, starting with concrete measures for the resettlement of the tens of thousands of internally displaced;

12.  Calls on the European Union and international community to maintain and step up its support to consolidate democracy and a democratic culture in East Timor, focusing on a multi-party culture and institution-building – namely the parliament, the government, the judiciary, security, defence and law enforcement forces – and to assist in the urgent extension of media coverage to the whole country, as well as in strengthening the education and health networks;

13.  Calls on the Commission to conclude as soon as possible the setting up of a full delegation in Dili;

14.  Recommends sending an ad hoc Parliamentary delegation to East Timor to reassess the political situation, express support for the democratic forces and institutions and examine the orientation and effectiveness of EU assistance programmes;

15.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the East Timor’s state authorities (namely, the president, the parliament and the government), the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative, and the UN Security Council.

Zadnja posodobitev: 19. februar 2008Pravno obvestilo