§ 31. Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the prospects for elections in East Timor. 614W
§ Mr. Battle
Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Head of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), announced on 16 March that the first democratic election for an 88-member constituent Assembly will be held on 30 August 2001. These elections will mark a key stage in the transition towards an independent state, expected in early 2002.