HC Deb 07 December 1999 vol 340 c514W
35. Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UN's initiatives in East Timor and Indonesia. [99982]

Mr. Battle

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which will have overall responsibility for administration and security in the territory, continues to deploy. The handover from the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) to UNTAET's Peace-Keeping operation will take place as soon as possible taking into account conditions on the ground.