Subject: XG Confident on Rapid Solution for Guinea Bissau

Africa: East Timor Defence Minister Confident on Rapid Solution for Guinea Bissau

27 May 2009

Luanda ­ East Timor's Premier and Defence and Security Minister, Xanana Gusmão, on Wedneday in Luanda, expressed his higher solidarity to Guinea Bissau, confident that the political-military crisis in that African country would be solved rapidly, Angop has learnt.

"I reiterate my deep condemnation against the attempts that claimed the lives of important leaders of Guinea Bissau and heroes of the struggle for liberation", he said while addressing a speech at the opening of the 11th meeting of the defence ministers with the Portuguese-speaking Countries Community (CPLP).

Xanana Gusmão who Wednesday at the beginning of the event passed the presidency of the Defence Ministers body to his Angolan colleague, Kundi Paihama, condemned the acts that aim at attacking Guinea Bissau democratic institutions, putting at risk the stability and security of that country.

"The anxiety and anguish lived by the people of Guinea Bissau made that East Timor state helped this country by granting financial assistance for the holding of the presidential elections and nominating Mari Alkatiri as a special envoy to analyse with the local authorities and under the CPLP the possibilities of technical aid to reconciliation and stabilisation process of this member country", he explained.

The mentioned meeting that may finish on Wednesday is analysing the level of execution of deliberations and recommendations of the 10th gathering held in May, 2008, in Dili, East Timor.

The gathering in which are participating representatives of Angola, East Timor, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe, will plan actions of multilateral interest in the domains of defence and security.

Copyright © 2009 Angola Press Agency.

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