From Mon Jun  9 23:12:05 1997
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 1997 10:34:11 -0400
From: East Timor Action Network 
Subject: East Timor, Some Progress with the US Administration

From the desk of 
Jose Ramos-Horta
1996 Nobel Peace Prize co-Laureate

Contact: Natacha Meden
Tel: 415 788 1234

East Timor, Some Progress with the US Administration

New York, June 4, 1997 - Jose Ramos-Horta is in San Francisco after two weeks of successful meetings in New York and Washington with UN Security Council members and U.S. officials, as well as with fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Last Friday, May 30, he met with Ambassador Bill Richardson during a luncheon hosted by Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in his home. Mr. Ramos Horta was pleased with this first contact with a U.S. official at Cabinet level and found Ambassador Richardson very friendly and understanding with regards to the East Timor cause.

This meeting followed one in Washington on May 28th between Mr. Ramos-Horta and Under-Secretary of State for Global Affairs Tim Wirth. The two men had already met in February of this year. Mr. Ramos- Horta was encouraged by this sustained interest.

In Washington, Mr. Ramos-Horta also briefed Senate and Congressional staffers. He joined Kathryn Cameron Porter's (wife of Congressman John Porter) in support of Kurdish activist Leyla Zana, member of the Turkish Parliament imprisoned in Turkey.

Prior to his arrival in the capital, Mr. Ramos-Horta shared the prestigious Ogden Lecture with Ambassador Holbrooke at Brown University. Representative Patrick Kennedy then hosted a reception in Ramos Horta's honor. The reception was attended by State Representatives and Senators from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Mr. Ramos-Horta began his visit in New York, on May 22 with meetings at the UN with Ambassador Jamsheed Marker, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for East Timor, and with members of the Security Council. Jose Ramos-Horta reiterated his complete trust in Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Ambassador Jamsheed Marker. However, he remains skeptical with regards to the forthcoming talks scheduled for June 19 and 20 between the foreign ministers of Portugal and Indonesia, in view of Indonesia's arrogance and intransigence.

Mr. Ramos-Horta believes that the sustained efforts of the Secretary-General with active support of the U.S. and the European Union can produce a breakthrough in the long run. He reiterated his full support of the UN-supervised dialogue and stressed again that the use of force by either side will not solve the problem of East Timor.

Returning to New York on May 29, he joined fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates H.H. The Dalai Lama, Oscar Arias, Elie Wiesel and Betty Williams to co-sign and formally introduce the International Code of Conduct on Arms Transfers devised by President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica. Mr. Ramos-Horta is a member of the Nobel Commission on the International Code of Conduct on Arms Transfers. On this occasion, Mr Ramos-Horta proposed the creation of a network of Nobel Peace Prize laureates that would liaise between the laureates so that they can speak out with one voice on crucial thematic issues or country situations like East Timor, Burma. Tibet and many others. No such forum exists as yet and the idea was enthusiastically endorsed by all present.

In San Francisco, Mr. Ramos-Horta is participating in the Second World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth, with Hilary Clinton as Honorary Chairperson. The following week he will take part in a conference on the Power of Nonviolence organized by Tibet House, in presence of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

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