Political Leaders Condemn Monday Attacks

5 Jul 2008

Political Leaders Condemn Monday Attacks

Dili – 14 February, 2008 - In a meeting held at the United Nation's headquarters in Dili this morning, the leaders of Timor-Leste's political parties strongly condemned the attacks on Monday 11 February.

During the meeting, consensus among political party leaders was reached on three main areas, starting with a unanimous condemnation of the attacks.

All leaders further agreed that strong action should be take to apprehend the perpetrators and that a thorough investigation into the affair was required.

Political party leaders also noted that any investigation should seek to unearth the motives behind the attack as well as to identify the perpetrators. The need for the perpetrators to be brought to justice in accordance with the rule of law was also raised.

The SRSG Khare agreed that strong action was needed, and would be taken, and added that human rights should be respected in the nation's pursuit of the rule of law.

A number of the political party leaders also recommended that the recommendations of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2006 crisis be implemented.

Hosted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, the meeting was the 13th meeting convened by the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)

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