Monday ,18 February 2002
During the plenary session this morning the President of the Commission for the Commemoration of the Independence of East Timor, Jose Ramos-Horta (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation) briefed the Constituent Assembly members. He underlined the three main objectives of the celebration: to pay homage to the martyrs who in the past have given their lives to the cause of independence; to celebrate the victory in the present; and to promote the new image of East Timor to the outside world.
The CA members supported the work of Ramos-Horta. They expect the celebrations to be a success. They said former Indonesian high officials and heads of state such as Habibie and Gus Dur should be invited for the celebrations. One of the CA-members expressed his concern that in case the celebration does not run well due to the lack of funds the people of East Timor might be totally disappointed.
Specialized Legislative Commission
The Specialized Legislative Commission continued today discussions on the UNTAET regulation on Electoral Offenses for the Presidential Elections in East Timor. The members of the Commission made a few recommendations to the text. The document was unanimously approved last Friday. Tomorrow the document will be signed and handed over to UNTAET for promulgation.
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