United Nations Security Council Resolution 1319

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1319
Island of Timor
Date 8 September 2000
Meeting no. 4,195
Code S/RES/1319 (Document)
Subject The situation in East Timor
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1319, adopted unanimously on 8 September 2000, after recalling previous resolutions on East Timor (Timor-Leste), the Council demanded that Indonesia take steps to disarm and disband militia on the island following the killing of three United Nations staff.[1]

The Security Council recalled its previous concern about the many refugees from East Timor present in camps in West Timor. Militia were also present in the camps and intimidating refugees and staff from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It was appalled by the murder of three United Nations staff on 6 September 2000 by a militia-led mob, and attacks against international personnel in the country and refugees were condemned.[2][3] A number of refugees were also killed in Betun, West Timor, and the Council welcomed condemnation and intention of holding an investigation by Indonesia.

The resolution insisted that the Indonesian government take steps to immediately disarm and disband the militia, restore law and order, ensure the safety of refugee camps and of humanitarian workers and prevent cross-border incursions.[4] It also stressed that those responsible for the armed attacks on the island of Timor be brought to justice, particularly as grave violations of international humanitarian law had taken place.

The Indonesian authorities were called upon to ensure the safe return of refugees who would voluntarily return to East Timor and those that did not would be resettled. The Council noted that Indonesia had deployed additional troops in West Timor but noted that UNHCR workers could not return until there were credible guarantees of safety. The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor had to urgently respond to the militia threat in accordance with Resolution 1272 (1999).

Finally, the Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested to report within a week to the Council on the situation on the island.

Following the adoption of Resolution 1319, the Council approved the dispatch of a mission to the region to discuss its implementation.[5]

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  1. ^ "Council condemns 'outrageous and contemptible' killing of three UN staff in West Timor; insists Indonesia disarm, disband militia". United Nations. 8 September 2000. 
  2. ^ Stephens, Dale (2005). "The lawful use of force by peacekeeping forces: the tactical imperative". International Peacekeeping. 12 (2): 157–172. doi:10.1080/01439680500066418. 
  3. ^ "3 U.N. Aid Workers Killed in Attack in West Timor". The New York Times. 7 September 2000. 
  4. ^ Smith, Michael Geoffrey; Dee, Moreen (2003). Peacekeeping in East Timor: the path to independence. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-58826-142-7. 
  5. ^ Reuters (13 September 2000). "Indonesia to reject U.N. Timor mission". The China Post. 

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