Report 20000225A


February 25, 2000


Bill Clinton (Second Term)


East Timor

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 Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)

Article 51 Report to UN

Not applicable because no self-defense claim



Details: "maintaining law and order throughout East Timor, establishing an effective administration, ensuring the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance, and supporting capacity-building for self-government"; "conduct humanitarian and assistance activities"

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 1272

Estimated Scope/Duration

Mission-bound but indeterminate

Details: "At this point, our rotational presence operations are envisioned to continue through the summer of 2000."

Type of Enemy or Mission


Details: East Timor stabilization

Military Activity

Air operations Use of naval forces/vessels

Details: Deployment "of approximately 30 U.S. personnel, to facilitate and coordinate U.S. military activities in East Timor"; additional "temporary deployments, including periodic ship visits, to East Timor during which U.S. forces will conduct humanitarian and assistance activities"

US Casualties Reported


Non-US Casualties Reported