Report 19991008A


October 08, 1999


Bill Clinton (Second Term)


East Timor Indonesia

Was 4(a)(1) Triggered? (Hostilities/Imminent Hostilities)

No, as described in/inferred from report

Was 4(a)(2) Triggered? (Combat- Equipped Introduction)

Yes, described in/inferred from report

Was 4(a)(3) Triggered? (Substantial Enlargement)

No, as described in/inferred from report

Joint/Coalition Mission


Details: United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET); International Force East Timor (INTERFET)

Article 51 Report to UN

Not applicable because no self-defense claim



Details: "[P]rovide helicopter airlift and search and rescue support to the multinational operation [INTERFET]"

Domestic Legal Authority

Constitution (Art. II)

Details: "I have taken this action pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive."

Claimed International Legal Basis

UN Security Council authorization

Details: UNSCR 1264

Estimated Scope/Duration

Mission-bound but indeterminate

Details: "At this point, it is not possible to predict how long this operation will continue. The duration of the deployment depends upon the course of events in East Timor"; U.S. support "will continue until transition to a U.N. peacekeeping force is complete. It is, however, our objective to redeploy U.S. forces as soon as circumstances permit."

Type of Enemy or Mission


Details: East Timor stabilization

Military Activity

Air operations Use of naval forces/vessels

Details: "deployment of the amphibious ship, USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3), and her embarked helicopters" including "personnel from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)" "to provide helicopter airlift and search and rescue support"

US Casualties Reported


Non-US Casualties Reported