Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste, Atul Khare
The top UN envoy in Timor-Leste today formally congratulated Dr. José Ramos-Horta on his victory in the country's presidential election.
President-elect Ramos-Horta will be sworn in as the country's second president at a ceremony in Dili on Sunday.
"I am confident that the new President Dr. José Ramos-Horta will energetically tackle the problems facing the country on behalf of all Timorese people," the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare said.
"I would like to congratulate the people of Timor-Leste on two peaceful presidential votes.
I must also pay respect to Francisco Lú-Olo Guterres who has accepted the results graciously.
During both rounds of the presidential election, all candidates have conducted themselves with dignity and professionalism, and showed respect for democratic principles.
As the new President, Dr. Ramos-Horta will be well-placed to guide the nation to take its position alongside other nation-states of the globalised world while retaining the unique political and cultural identity defined by its history.
At the United Nations, we look forward to working with Dr. Ramos-Horta and all citizens of Timor-Leste to assist in this emerging and exciting time." Mr Khare said
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