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“In June, CNRT will close as its role will be taken over by the on-going political process ... I know that self-government will be difficult, therefore in my personal capacity as an ordinary citizen, I will cooperate with all sides to have dialogue to support the on-going process” Xanana Gusmao, CNRT/NC president

Xanana Gusmao: CNRT To Be Officially Dissolved in June

Suara Timor Lorosae


CNRT/NC president, Xanana Gusmao announced that CNRT would be officially dissolved in June in response to the on-going political process in the country.  “In June, CNRT will close as its role will be taken over by the on-going political process,” said Xanana, President of CNRT/NC in an interview with Radio UNTAET that is quoted by STL on 18/3. According to him, after the CNRT National Congress of 30 August 2000, its role has been diminished with the participation of a number of NGOs, both local and international.  The UN has also demanded that CNRT be dissolved.

Answering questions on his role as a figure of unity in coordinating CNRT and his future role after CNRT is dissolved, Xanana said that his role is that of an ordinary citizen in the establishment of democratic institutions in East Timor.  Xanana said, “The theory of myself as a figure of unity is only valid till 20 August 2000.”  Xanana said that CNRT has tried to unite all political forces towards independence.  However, he continued, that was achieved when the majority of the people of East Timor voted for independence during the Referendum.

“At this moment, the UN has tried to lay a strong democratic base in society and political parties have been formed in preparation for the independence process,” he continued.  He said that only political parties that are legitimate to take part in the elections would be able to govern East Timor. Xanana also admitted that after the CNRT National Congress, it was no longer the uniting body, because FRETILIN and UDT withdrew from CNRT at that moment.  He stressed, “I do not possess the power to unite political parties that are conscious and guarantee the unity of the people, political parties and stability in East Timor.”

Xanana also reminded every political leaders that would be elected to be aware that they cannot perform miracles as the country is still in chaos and only will improve in 5 to 6 years’ time. “I know that self-government will be difficult, therefore in my personal capacity as an ordinary citizen, I will cooperate with all sides to have dialogue to support the on-going process,” he said.  Because the situation is still very difficult, added Xanana, all sides must again be ready to sacrifice meaningfully.  However, it is still very hard to have the patience to understand the situation.

Mar 19 STL: Xanana Gusmao: CNRT To Be Officially Dissolved in June  News from ETimor
“In June, CNRT will close as its role will be taken over by the on-going political process ... I know that self-government will be difficult, therefore in my personal capacity as an ordinary citizen, I will cooperate with all sides to have dialogue to support the on-going process” Xanana Gusmao, CNRT/NC president

Mar 16 CNRT/NCP: Gusmao: Speech at signing of the Electoral Regulation  Speech
"[This is the] English version of the speech of the Presdient of CNRT/CN and National Council (NC) at the signing of the Electoral Regulation for the forthcoming and first elections to be held on August the 30th this year. The original speech was said in Portuguese and translated into English by the Media Unit of CNRT/CN Presidency." Ines Alemeida, Head, Media Unit CNRT/CN

Mar 15 CNRT/CNP: Gusmão: O Regulamento Assinado pelo Dr Sérgio De Mello  Speech
"Intervenção do Presidente do CNRT/CN, Xanana Gusmão na ocasião da assinatura, pelo Dr Sergio Vieira de Mello, Administrador Transitório, do regulamento sobre a eleição de uma Assembleia Constituinte para a elaboração de uma constituiçâo para um Timor Leste independente e democrático" CNRT/Congresso Nacional Presidência

Mar 13 TP: Support For Xanana Pours In  News from ETimor
"Following the incident of 7 March 2001 in the Dili Gymnasium, several quarters have expressed their stand on the matter. Apart from strongly condemning CPD-RDTL supporters and regretting Civpol’s method of arresting the three political activists, there is full support for the leadership of Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao as President of CNRT/NC." Timor Post

Mar 7 CNRT/CNP: A Threat on the life of the President  Press Conference summary of events
"Commissioner Costa e Souza [of CivPol] ended his report by stating that he has no doubt that this was a planned action designed to disturb the meeting between President Xanana Gusmão and the students and that given the level of violence it was also designed to threaten the life of the President." National Council of Timorese Resistance/Congresso Nacional Presidency (CNRT/CNP)

Mar 6 TP: Civic Education, Urgent?  Editorial from ETimor
"For us, the model that President Xanana used in the gymnasium is most effective. It began "hot" and finished with Xanana embracing and crying. This is not to say that the model we are proposing is one of embraces and tears. What is most important is how to create dialogue and debate, during which the people are given unlimited time to freely argue without protocol or moderator ... " Timor Post editorial

Mar 6 STL: Gusmao: “I’m Not Dreaming To Be The First President of Timor Lorosae”  News from ETimor

Feb 23 ST: Xanana has opportunity to be Timor Lorosae president  News from WTimor
"For years the people of Timor Leste experienced and felt a harsh leadership style that frightened them. Now they are free, so they need a figure like Xanana who will give them back their freedom that has disappeared for so long." Santino O. Baros, manager, HMTOP NGO (Uniting Timor Lorosae Intellectuals for Development)

Feb 14 STL: Presidential Issue: Fretilin To Nominate Xanana  News from ETimor
“Regardless of whether the party has its own candidate or not, we have decided that Xanana be Timor Lorosae’s first president when the country becomes independent,” Lu-Olo, General Coordinator of Fretilin

Feb 12 Xanana: Symposium on “Reconciliation, Tolerance, Human Rights and Elections”  Speech
"To avoid or control this likelihood of violence there are several means if properly used could reduce existing tensions and will also help in the promotion of a collective awareness about the need to enhance a tolerant society in the country:
A- A greater involvement of young people in open discussions about social problems;
B- A greater involvement of the civil society in public debates on these same problems;
C- A greater involvement by political parties leaders in Youth education; and
D- A greater involvement of the media in the civic education process." President Xanana

Feb 12 FRETILIN: Open Letter to CNRT's President  Letter
"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

Feb 1 Xanana: Address at Transition Ceremony Of Falintil  Speech
"As your [Falintil's] former companion who shared the same difficulties in the mountains, who failed in leading you while we were reduced to less than one hundred men where as under the clear leadership of your Commander, Taur Matan Ruak, who enabled you to become an army of over one thousand five hundred soldiers  I can only but express here, today, my admiration for the spirit of self-sacrifice that you showed by bearing yet another year of hardship in Aileu." Xanana Gusmao, President, CNRT/CN

Jan 1 CNRT: Xanana's New Year's Message  Speech
"It is necessary that we are sincere and humble so that we do not lose track of the highest interests of our People. Democracy is not built overnight and it is by experiencing the system that democracy can be shaped." Xanana Gusmão

Dec 5-6 2000 CNRT/CNP: Brussels donor's meeting - opening speech by the CNRT's rep  Speech
"CNRT also thinks that it is extremely important to establish a policy of commitment among the groups that make up the Timorese social fabric toward ensuring National Unity and the necessary political stability for the implementation of multiparty democracy and a smooth development process in a future independent State of Timor Lorosae." Xanana Gusmao

Dec 5 2000 XG: President Xanana Gusmao open letter to East Timorese  Letter
"I have stated and explained to the people that in the democratic society that we want to build we must create the conditions for new leaders to assert themselves because the demands of independence are much greater and harder than those of the armed struggle. My request to resign from the National Council must be looked at within this context. The country needs democrats not autocrats. The people need qualified leaders for independence and my political engagement must be directed toward creating the conditions for so many others to assert themselves, most of whom come from the historical political parties." Xanana Gusmao, CNRT/CN Presidency

Dec 2 2000 CNRT/NC: Xanana's Resignation Denied  Release

Nov 11 2000 & Oct 1990 RN: Xanana Gusmao interviews  Interviews
"If in 20 or in 30 years later, if the political leaders are not committed to give the benefits of independence to our people, the hurt will be still in the minds and the heart of our people. But if they are committed to solve these, to give the real means of independence to our people, we are not a population of millions, we are less than 800,000, we are a small country, a small population; this is why it is more obligatory to the political leaders to think very, very deeply about this." Xanana Gusmao - from guerilla fighter to leader of his country

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