Subject: PANA: Cape Verde's ex-minister drafted to ET commission

Panafrican News Agency (PANA) Daily Newswire

November 13, 2001


BODY: Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde's former Foreign Minister Jeorge Carlos Fonseca has been appointed a member of the International Commission on East Timor's Constitution, official sources said in Praia Tuesday.

Fonseca left Praia Tuesday morning for Dili, at the invitation of the UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, to be part of a team to streamline the legal document.

The draft constitution is to be submitted to the East Timor Constituent Assembly for approval in December.

Before his departure to East Timor, Fonseca told the press he was pleased to participate, as a Cape Verdean lawyer, in the elaboration of the fundamental law on the future of the Portuguese-speaking State that gained self-determination from Indonesia.

An unsuccessful candidate in February's presidential election, Fonseca was Monday named Co-ordinator for a study on Cape Verde's judicial system, a government initiative backed by the World Bank.

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