UN mission calls for renewed commitment to peace in Timor-Leste

4 Jul 2008

UN mission calls for renewed commitment to peace in Timor-Leste

Dili – April 17, 2008: The United Nations mission in Timor-Leste today applauded the return of President José Ramos-Horta and called for strengthened and community-wide commitment to achieving enduring peace.
The head of the UN mission in Timor, Special Representative Atul Khare, greeted President Ramos-Horta at Dili airport. Mr. Khare congratulated him on his return and welcomed his determination to resume his duties as President.

President Ramos-Horta was wounded in a shooting attack on February 11 by rebel soldiers. He has spent the past two months in Australia undergoing medical treatment. During this time he was visited regularly by Special Representative Atul Khare, who on Thursday assured the President of the UN's continued support.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare said:

"I look forward to continuing the UN's work with the President in promoting democratic governance, strengthening the rule of law, supporting the review and reform of the security sector, and furthering socio-economic development.

President Horta's return is an opportunity for Timorese society to pull together with renewed determination for the future of Timor-Leste. Sustained peace depends upon the commitment of everyone, including politicians, the security sector and the citizens of Timor-Leste."

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