UNTAET Daily Briefing 22 January 2002
UNITED NATIONS TRANSITIONAL ADMINISTRATION IN EAST TIMOR
Dili, 22 January 2002
MINISTERS DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT OF TETUM LANGUAGE
The Council of Ministers of East Timor’s Second Transitional Government met today to discuss issues relating to Tetum, one of two planned official languages.
The Council was briefed by Benjamim Corte-Real, rector of East Timor’s National University. Corte-Real, who is also director of the university’s National Institute of Linguistics, described the institute’s work to encourage the use of Tetum as the lingua franca of the nation in order to preserve the cultural identity of the country. The institute has collaborated with other foreign institutions—including the Camões Institute of Portugal and the University of Sydney—in developing its Tetum-related activities.
In addition, Secretary of State of the Council Ministers Gregório de Sousa introduced a measure to translate UNTAET’s Regulations and Directive—proto-laws used to help govern East Timor during the transitional period—from English into Tetum and Portuguese, the country’s planned official languages. The Council discussed the methodology and timetable for the translations, and the plan is expected to be finalized in the next meeting.
The ministers expressed hope that the translations can be completed before the 20 May Independence Day.
BD: Kolesaun lia-foun, artigu ho reportajen ho lia-tetun
BD: News, letters, articles & resources regarding the Tetum language