Subject: Angola's Parliament speaker analyses situation in East Timor

Agencia AngolaPress


5/27/09 9:55 AM


Parliament speaker analyses situation in East Timor

Luanda, ­ The political and social situation of East Timor topped the audience that the speaker of the National Assembly (parliament), Fernando da Piedade dos Santos, granted to the Timorese prime minister, Xanana Gusmão.

The efforts being implemented since 2008 by East Timor's government to overcome political and institutional conflicts that have been troubling the country since 2002 were also analysed during the meeting.

According to Xanana Gusmão, the country has been entering a “vicious cycle of small-scale conflicts that ended in 2008, a time when the population decided to end the problem”.

He stated that after February 11, 2008 attacks aimed at the Head of State and the prime minister, the population, especially youths, have been aware that the time has arrived to put an end to the conflicts.

The prime minister stated that for this purpose, the government of East Timor launched a broad message to the nation, based on the motto “Goodbye to conflict and welcome development”, to which the population joined.

Xanana Gusmão explained that the law establishing the civil services commission was recently approved to guarantee a greater professionalism in the public administration sector, based on ethics and efficiency.

He informed that three laws are to be approved by the parliament, namely that of National Defence, National Security and Internal Security.

Xanana Gusmão's visit to Angola started on Sunday and is expected to end next Friday (May 29).


5/26/09 6:22 PM

Angola Timorese premier wants to explore potentialities, reinforce cooperation

Luanda ­ The prime minister of East Timor, Xanana Gusmão, declared this Tuesday, in Luanda, that his government wishes to explore Angolan potentialities and reinforce cooperation ties in various areas, mainly regarding staff training.

Xanana Gusmão was speaking during the opening ceremony of the official conversations with the Angolan delegation led by António Paulo Kassoma.

He referred that his country has many resources, but suffers because of the lack of human resources, a worthy administration, among others.

The Timorese official informed that his country has almost 1.1 million inhabitants, but 49 percent are currently living below the poverty line. East Timor is among the 10 poorest countries of the world and the poorest south of Asia.

He expects that contacts he is making with Angola kick start a broader cooperation and enable to strengthen the country in order to satisfy the desires of the Timorese people, and so that together both countries could contribute to world peace and eradicate poverty worldwide.

Premier Xanana Gusmão thanked his Angolan counterpart for the proposal on the need to create a joint commission, and stressed that Angola's experience might inspire the East Timorese people to progress with firmer and more certain steps.

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