Subject: FAETTA: Cabinet appointed for East Timor

MEDIA RELEASE Department of Foreign Affairs East Timor Transitional Administration

20 September 2001 For Immediate Release

NEW CABINET FOR EAST TIMOR

After fighting for his country’s independence for 25 years Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta said it was an honor to accept the invitation to become the Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the second transitional cabinet of East Timor. The second cabinet was named today after more than a week of negotiations, following the election of the Constituent Assembly in East Timor’s first democratic elections.

“It is an honor and my duty to serve the people of East Timor. A people that have suffered immensely, shown enormous courage and tenacity, resilience and creativity, and yet are asking so little.” Dr Ramos-Horta said today. A full copy of Dr Ramos-Horta’s acceptance speech is available.

The inclusive new Cabinet is as follows:

Dr. Marí Bim Amude Alkatiri, Fretilin CHIEF MINISTER & MINISTER OF ECONOMY & DEVELOPMENT

Dr. José Ramos Horta, Independent SENIOR MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & COOPERATION

Dra. Ana Maria Pessoa Pereira da Silva Pinto, Fretilin MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

Dra. Fernanda Mesquita Borges, Independent MINISTER FOR FINANCE

Dr. Antoninho Bianco, Fretilin MINISTER FOR INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION

Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo, Indpendent MINISTER FOR HEALTH

Arq. César Vital Moreira, Fretilin MINISTER FOR WATER AND PUBLIC WORKS

Eng. Ovídio de Jesus Amaral, Fretilin MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Dr. Armindo Maia, Independent MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, CULTURE AND YOUTH

Eng. Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, Fretilin MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES

Dr. Arsénio Paixão Bano, Independent SECRETARY OF STATE FOR LABOUR AND SOLIDARITY

Dr. Fernando de Araújo, Democratic Party VICE-MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND COOPERATION

Dr. Jorge da Conceição Teme, Fretilin VICE-MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND COOPERATION

Dr. Domingos Maria Sarmento, Independent VICE-MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

Dr. Arlindo Rangel da Cruz, Fretilin VICE-MINISTER FOR FINANCE

Sra. Ilda Maria da Conceição, Independent VICE-MINISTER FOR INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION

Dr. João Soares Martins, Democratic Party VICE-MINISTER FOR HEALTH

Dr. Roque Félix de Jesus Rodrigues, Independent VICE-MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, CULTURE AND YOUTH

Dr. Gregório José da Conceição Ferreira de Sousa, Fretilin SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

Sr. Egídio Jesus, Fretilin SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NATURAL AND MINERAL RESOURCES

Mariano José Lopes da Cruz, Independent INSPECTOR-GENERAL

Dra. Emília Maria Valéria Pires, Independent SECRETARY OF THE COMMISSION ON PLANNING

Dra. Isabel da Costa Ferreira, Independent ADVISOR ON HUMAN RIGHTS

António da Conceição, Democratic Party ADVISOR ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMISSION ON PLANNING

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For further information contact: Ms Caroline O'Brien Media Liaison Officer - Department of Foreign Affairs East Timor Transitional Administration Telephone: +61 (0)417 804 298 Email: contact_carolineo@hotmail.com Website: www.faetta.com


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