The long-awaited National Unity Pact was at least signed by 14 political parties last night. Only two parties opted to stay out of it the National Party of Timor (PNT) and National Republic Party of Timor Leste (Parentil). All the political parties will be participating in the 30 August election to choose a Constituent Assembly.
The signing ceremony was at the Democracy Field, in Diliís Guerrilos subburb, where the Peace Week was launched by the Catholic Church.
Present at the ceremony were Dili Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, UN Transitional Administrator Sergio Vieira de Mello, independence leader Xanana Gusmao and Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta.
Political parties that signed the National Unity Pact will be bound by 14 clauses. The most important clause is that all parties must accept unconditionally the results of the UN-supported popular consultation on 30 August 1999, whereby the Timorese overwhelmingly voted to separate from Indonesia. Also the political parties must respect the final results of the 30 August 2001 election which will issued by the Independent Electoral Commission.
Also, all the political parties, in the pact, agreed to refrain from violence and adhere to the Timorese culture of mutual cooperation (Soru Mutu) whereby politicians will respect each other in order to create a harmonious political climate.
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