coerced, paved the way for the INTERFET and UNTAET
The power structure in the transitional period was complex and employed an unusual hybrid of international and local governing bodies and legal systems which included the colonial legal system as mandated by Indonesian law, UNTAET
regulations, and the local judicial systems.
In this regard, while accepting that East Timorese civil society indeed presented a critical voice toward UNTAET
and thereby constituted a sense of wider discursive voice and accountability, we introduce two points of caution.
24) The first was the UNTAET
Regulations and directives.
Just six months before the end of the mission, as independence was looming, UNTAET
prioritized training the Timorese and setting up systems for essential government functions that could endure after independence.
Another merit of UNTAET
is that it paid greater tribute to the
Brigadier Lou Gardiner, as commander of UNTAET
military observers, subsequently added to these contacts.
According to Hight, in early 2000, UNTAET
compiled a register of East Timor nationals who said they had worked in the prisons.
Participants at ''UNTAET
: Debriefing and Lessons,'' will also aim to draw from the experiences of UNTAET
, and discussions at the closed-door meeting will be compiled into a report to be submitted to the U.
Of course the post-15 July situation will formally be no less democratic than it has been since day one of UNTAET
, for effective power has always been in the hands of the Secretary General's Special Representative.
October 1999 entrusted UNTAET
with a range of governance functions that
For the first time, the UN had sovereign control over a trust territory, and UNTAET
was a "trusteeship administration" preparing a territory for independence.