Angela Freitas, a National Council member from the Trabalista Party, yesterday lodged a strong protest against Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta, Minister of the Economy Mari Alkatari, Minister for Political Affairs and the Timor Sea Peter Galbraith and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
She opposed the signing of the Timor Gap Agreement between Timor Lorosae and Australia.
“We do not know the details of the negotiations and how the oil and gas resources are really being split. All this while we have been kept in the dark there were only one or two people making the decisions. Once again the people of Timor Lorosae have been sold out,” she shouted in the room, at UNTAET headquarters, when the agreement was being signed.
But her shouts were ignored by the people present in the room.
Angelea said the UN Transitional Administrator did not have the right to bind the country to any external agreement at this juncture.
“We are not yet a definitive country, and we cannot give that right to bind the country to an outsider,” she told reporters outside the room.
Angela said she was representing members of the National Council who were too afraid to make their views known.
But another National Council member Clemantino Dos Reis Amaral said he did not agree with Angela.
“The NC has its own spokesperson and any statements has to come from the spokesperson.”
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