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“It is an honor and my duty to serve the people of East Timor. A people the have suffered immensely, shown enormous courage and tenacity, resilience and creativity, and yet are asking so little. ... I hope that I can contribute to help improve the lives of the poorest of the poor.” Dr. Ramos-Horta
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MEDIA RELEASE
Department of Foreign Affairs
East Timor Transitional Administration

20 September 2001

For Immediate Release

DR RAMOS-HORTA HOUNORED TO SERVE EAST TIMOR

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta today accepted an invitation to become Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the second transitional cabinet of East Timor.

These were his thoughts on accepting:

“It is an honor and my duty to serve the people of East Timor.  A people the have suffered immensely, shown enormous courage and tenacity, resilience and creativity, and yet are asking so little.

Journalists and commentators have written much about the high expectations of the people.  My experience in travelling throughout the country, and in meeting with thousands of people, tells a different story.

They do not ask much.  They who have suffered so much ask for so little.  They ask for a school, books for their children, some medicine, a paramedic, a truck to link their village to the market, and clean water.

And yet the feeling of frustration and powerlessness overwhelms me, as we cannot satisfy those mere expectations.

I hope that I can contribute to help improve the lives of the poorest of the poor.

I also hope that East Timor will continue to prove that it is deserving of so much International Generosity.

For this reason and this reason alone I have accepted the invitation from the Special representative of the Secretary General Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello and Mr Mari Alkatiri to serve in the second transitional Cabinet until independence.”

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For further information contact:

Ms Caroline O’Brien
Media Liaison Officer - Department of Foreign Affairs
East Timor Transitional Administration
Telephone: +61 (0)417 804 298
Email: contact_carolineo@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.faetta.com


José Ramos-Horta  Updated Sep 22

* Dr Jose Ramos-Horta is an internationally-renowned spokesperson for the East Timorese cause. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for “sustained efforts to hinder the oppression of small people”.

* Dr Ramos-Horta has been a dynamic and determined advocate for a free and independent East Timor. From 1976 until 1989, he was the permanent representative of the Frente Revolucionaria de Timor Leste Independente (FRETILIN) at the United Nations. He currently holds the position of Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the United Nations appointed, all East Timorese, second transitional cabinet of East Timor.


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