Subject: Where is Philippine help for ET

Business World (Philippines) June 7-8, 2002

Where is RP help for East Timor?

DAVAO CITY, Southern Mindanao -- Leaders of East Timor want assistance on technology and skills transfer from the Philippine government. They also have expressed disappointment for what they perceive as inadequate support they have so far received from Filipino leaders.

This sentiment was disclosed early this week by the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a Davao-based NGO active in East Timor advocacy. Officials of IID met two weeks ago with Timorese President Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta after Mr. Gusmao was sworn in as East Timor president.

Mr. Ramos-Horta recalled that when he and now elected President Xanana Gusmao visited Manila, government leaders and businessmen who met them promised official assistance especially in technology skills transfer

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