Subject: LUSA: Timor's FM calls for tighter CPLP cooperation

10-07-2003 15:47:00. Notícia nº SIR-5221221 Temas: new destaque4

Community: Timor's FM calls for tighter CPLP cooperation

Dili, July 10 (Lusa) - East Timor`s foreign minister, José Ramos Horta, called Thursday for more economic, trade and business cooperation between the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP).

Ramos Horta told Lusa, ahead of next week`s 8th CPLP Council of Ministers meeting in the Portuguese city of Coimbra, that it was also crucial to push forward with projects such as the International Insitute of the Portuguese Language.

The Timorese diplomat said he would give the Coimbra meeting an "exhaustive" account of his country`s situation, as well as regional developments. He would also be talking to his CPLP counterparts to "review existing cooperation", he said.

"The CPLP is a new organization and always more sluggish in implementing multilateral initiatives", Ramos Horta said, adding that Portugal and Brazil were in a position to further efforts to develop the Portuguese language in Timor.

There should be a better exchange of information between CPLP members on each other`s internal situations, said Ramos Horta, adding that the geographical isolation of Timor hampered intervention by the bloc.

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