REPÚBLICA DEMOCRÁTICA DE TIMOR -LESTE
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA
The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste watches with
consternation the diminishing of possibilities to find a peaceful and
consensual solution to the Iraqi crises. The Government shares the opinion
that more time ought to have been given to the UN to complete their work.
Timor-Leste is a country that has suffered and had to wage a war to free
itself and, above all, suffered its consequences, experienced the
indifference of the world and the complicity of the greatin the genocide
against our defenceless People.
Every East Timorese patriot called for an intervention from the civilised
world; this intervention came twenty years later after the death of over
200,000 of our beloved people.
Our country was equally a victim of the UN apparatus, a slow-moving system,
which is unable to accompany the major changes worldwide and proves to be
incapable of preventing and dealing with conflict thus, adopting belated
Resolutions, which often are not implemented.
Such a system enables the deepening of internal conflicts of Member States
and turning them into major humanitarian tragedies of which Rwanda is but a
However, this system, when willing to act and to accelerate procedures has
proven to be able to restore international law, to safeguard human dignity
and to rescue people as was the case of Timor-Leste during the dark days of
We are a peace-loving country that urges for the build-up of wide consensus
within the community of Nations, seeks for a negotiated solution of
problems and, as a small country, greatly values the multilateral nature of
The UN system must work in a way that it does not enable unilateral
decisions by any one country or groups of countries when trying to find
solutions for problems that have an impact on all Humankind.
Because we reject war and look towards the implementation of Peace we are
profoundly committed to cherishing a good neighbourly relationship with
Indonesia, a country we know is a fraternal one. We follow the on-going
democratisation process in Indonesia with great interest.
We are committed to the national reconciliation process and consider it to
be the sound foundation for social harmony and the stability of our young
Nation as it is undertaken based on Justice.
Timor-Leste was accepted as a member of the United Nations on 27 September
The time has come for us, the Member States, to seriously examine conflict
It is time to perfect the UN system, to seek an ever-greater involvement of
all, small and great, Muslims, Christians, Hindus & in the quest for humane
solutions, for peaceful solutions.
It is time to wage a vigorous battle against all forms of terrorism.
It is time to act.
To act as we wished the International Community had when Timor-Leste was
fighting for Freedom, Justice and Democracy.
To act in view of the right to intervene for humanitarian reasons against a
regime that leaves no room for Peace, that oppresses its People, commits
genocide against minority ethnic groups, invaded and occupied Kuwait and,
To act for the democratisation of the UN system so that every State,
without exception, may be equal and that there is a genuine search for
consensus and the building of a multilateral will.
It is time to assist the children, women, youth, the elderly and the men
suffering in Iraq. It is time to reflect upon how to render support to the
new Iraq after the intervention that will lead to inevitable destruction
It is time, finally, to help build Peace in Iraq and bring justice to the
Middle East, in particular, to the Palestinian People.