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Press Statement by James P. Rubin, Spokesman
October 1, 1999

Assistant Secretary Koh To Travel to Indonesia, East Timor

Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, will visit Indonesia from October 3 to October 10. During his visit, he will travel to Jakarta, Kupang, Atambua, and Dili, to look into the human rights and humanitarian crisis in East and West Timor. Assistant Secretary Koh plans to meet with Indonesian Government officials, Timorese independence leaders, nongovernmental organization activists, religious leaders, INTERFET and UNAMET representatives, humanitarian aid workers, and private citizens. This will mark his third visit to Indonesia in the past year, and his first visit to East Timor.

The U.S. remains committed to working with all parties in the Timor crisis to bring about a resolution that ensures implementation of the UN-sponsored referendum, returns all Timorese to their homes, and facilitates a transition to peace, prosperity, and democracy in both East Timor and Indonesia.

Prior to assuming his position in November 1998, Assistant Secretary Koh served as the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Assistant Secretary Koh has authored more than 70 articles on international law, human rights, constitutional law, and international business transactions and trade, and is author or editor of several books on international relations, law, and human rights.

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