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"I believe that the FRETILIN is ready to rule our country  and  it is necessary, by my opinion, that the Timorese people elect their constituent assembly made-up of all Timorese political parties. Our people need a super-parties man, and you can play this role, as well as Nelson Mandela did  in South Africa. The discussion between the political parties is positive : you have the prestige and the authority to enforce the rules of the Carta Magna." David Dias Quintas Corona, FRETILIN'S Rep. for Italy
See also: BD: FRETILIN -
Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor / Frente Revolucionaria do Timor Leste Independente - A collection of recent speeches, documents, statements, news and reports

Open Letter to CNRT's President

From David Dias Quintas Corona

FRETILIN'S Rep. for Italy.

Dear Chairman of CNRT-CN, Kay Rala Xanana Jose' Alexandre Gusmao,

I  read your last message addressed to the  people of East Timor. I have been living in Italy for many years, but, even if  I speak and behave like a ' malae', I am  a maubere, very proud  of my  own historical and cultural identity. I venerate my dead relatives, I love my country and my traditions  and I am trying to communicate a love for our customs to my children.

My name is David Dias Quintas Corona, I was born in Lospalos and  I am proud to be the representative of  the FRETILIN in Italy  since 1991. I wrote to you before the last conference of CNRT to express my disappointment about your stance against the Timorese political parties. I did not want to defend a political position in my letter, but I wanted  to try to explain the reasons of an uneasiness that is threatening our relations.

I have accepted that you did not take into consideration  my  disappointment, but  my party shared my opinion and the roots of our criticism are deeper than I could imagine. I think that  we have to strengthen the unity of our people and I wish to make my opinions public in order to attain this goal.

We obtained our victory through our common thoughts and efforts . We have to draw example from our history  in order to plan the future of our nation. Nobody can deny that the Timorese political parties and in particular the FRETILIN took part to the struggle for the liberation ; these parties express the passion for the freedom of the people of East Timor. The lack of experience induced us to make some mistakes, but our mistakes are nothing in comparison with the deafening silence of the so-called highly-civilized  world about the genocide of our people. Everybody must take responsibility for his own behaviour after twenty years of struggle. Our party wants to examine the past and we  have to enable  everybody to express his opinion about the events of the occupation and of the previous period.

Our parties were 'community in the community', they were living , because Timorese people identified themselves  with these parties. We cannot erase this part of our existence. The CNRT is the product of  a compromise between the Timorese political parties. Not all the people agreed with your leadership in Peniche, not all the people agreed with the adoption of the banner of the FALINTIL  like an emblem, not all the people agreed with Carta Magna, but we decided a common position after a long debate .

The breakdown between the most important Timorese party and the leadership of the CNRT has happened without a real discussion in August. We have to acknowledge  very bitterly  that the CNRT is no more representative of the whole Timorese people. I ask you to hear me, if I said  that  we have to think about the causes of this situation .  Supposing that the Timorese political parties deprived CNRT-CN of authority, we should ask ourselves why they found sufficient arguments to fulfil their goal. The strength of  an antagonist depends on our weakness.

I believe that the FRETILIN is ready to rule our country  and  it is necessary, by my opinion, that the Timorese people elect their constituent assembly made-up of all Timorese political parties. Our people need a super-parties man, and you can play this role, as well as Nelson Mandela did  in South Africa. The discussion between the political parties is positive : you have the prestige and the authority to enforce the rules of the Carta Magna.

I believe that our people need a common effort in order to overcome the difficulties. This effort must be not less strong than the struggle that carried out the referendum of  August 1999. I ask you to contribute to give visibility to the Timorese political parties.

Thanking you for your attention , I confirm my high opinion of you and my respect for you; I wish a happy new year to you and our people.

David Dias Quintas Corona

Email: Davide.Corona@CSI.IT


See also:
BD: FRETILIN - Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor / Frente Revolucionaria do Timor Leste Independente - A collection of recent speeches, documents, statements, news and reports


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