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Indonesia, Timor Leste disappointed with UN commission

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JAKARTA, Jul 8, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Indonesia and Timor Leste on Friday made their first joint statement regarding a UN commission report of Jakarta failure in the judicial processes for atrocities in Timor Leste in 1999, saying they both were disappointed with the report.

Indonesia and Timor Leste "are disappointed with the report of the commission of experts appointed by the (UN) secretary-general, " Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said at a press conference attended also by his Timor Leste counterpart Jose Ramos- Horta.

"Both parties shared the opinion that the secretary general's report of the commission of experts to the UN Security Council does not promote the process of reconciliation," said Wirajuda.

The commission comprising experts from India, Fiji and Japan reported to the UN Security Council late in June that the judicial processes in Jakarta for crimes in Timor Leste in 1999 were " manifestly inadequate."

The commission also recommended that Indonesia should reopen the prosecutions, otherwise the Security Council may establish an international criminal tribunal.

But in the ministerial meeting Friday evening, Horta and Wirajuda issued a joint statement stressing that both sides prefer "to continue with joint efforts to begin the work of the Commission of Truth and Friendship" established by the two governments.