Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Constituent Assembly Elections in East Timor

September 11, 2001

  1. In East Timor on September 10, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced the final results of the Constituent Assembly Elections which were held on August 30. The voter's turnout was as high as 91.3 percent, and 88 Assembly members were democratically elected. The Government of Japan welcomes the fact that the elections were held in a free, fair and smooth manner. It also highly evaluates the endeavors so far made by relevant organizations including the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), the IEC, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and also by the international electoral observers and the people of East Timor.

  2. The Government of Japan strongly hopes that all the political parties in East Timor will respect the election results, that the East Timorese will promote nation-building in concert, and that at the Constituent Assembly, which will be convened from September 15, a constitution will be established that reflects the will of every East Timorese based on free discussion.

  3. The Government of Japan, with the international community, intends to continue supporting East Timor's reliant nation-building toward its independence.

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