|Subject: BBC: excerpts from Xanana's speech
Excerpts from Xanana inaugural speech
"If 92 countries are gathered here today it is because the
settlement of the question of East Timor was the responsibility of the
Therefore your presence here is the most eloquent testimony of the
universal values enshrined in the charter of the United Nations and is
equally an unequivocal affirmation of the rights of the fundamental rights
To the Secretary General of the United Nations, Doctor Kofi Annan, we
wish to express our most sincere gratitude for the personal commitment to
the Timorese cause.
We wish to extend here a word of profound friendship to all those in
the world who endeavoured to understand us and above all who administered
The list of acknowledgements would be long and it would make a special
reference to the courage of [former Indonesian] President Habibie, the
efforts of [Australian] Prime Minister John Howard and the decisiveness of
[former US] President Clinton."
On relations with Indonesia
"We warmly welcome your [Indonesian President Megawati
Sukarnoputri] presence here among us, not only in your capacity as head of
state of the brotherly and neighbouring country which we share common
borders, but also as a symbol of the democratic yearnings of the brotherly
people of Indonesia.
The Indonesian people and the Timorese people have endured 24 years of
Today we all agree that the strains in our dealings were the result of
a historical mistake which now belongs to history and to the past.
And this past... should not continue to stain our spirits or to hamper
our attitudes and conduct."
On Portugal, former colonial power
"I would like to pay a public tribute to the Portuguese
authorities, for having turned East Timor and its people into a national
cause of their own.
I would also like to thank each and everyone of our brotherly
Portuguese-speaking countries for their affection, their political support
and solidarity, which epitomised our brotherhood and which helped
strengthen our relations in difficult times.
We hope you [Portugal] and our CPLP [Community of Portuguese-Speaking
Countries] brothers will stay by our side throughout this process, which
is a difficult but also an exciting one, of our independence and
On the future
"Today, you are witness of the resolve to build a democratic
foundations of development for the entire Timorese society.
And today, you are witnesses to the hope for the future based on the
active and permanent struggle against poverty in all its forms.
Today, with humility - and before the international community - we take
upon ourselves the obligations towards our people.
We wanted to be ourselves, we wanted to take pride in being ourselves -
a people and a nation.
Today, with your assistance, we are effectively what we have always
striven to be.
Today we are a people standing on equal footing with all other people
in the world.
To the international solidarity we extend a profound word of thanks
from our people.
We continue to count on you to receive other forms of support, geared
towards alleviating the hardships of our most needy populations and to the
strengthening of the ties of friendship among people
Our independence will have no value if all the people in East Timor
continue to live in poverty and continue to suffer all kinds of
We gained our independence to improve our lives.
Independence! As a people, as a territory, as a nation! One body, one
mind, one wish!"
Back to May menu
World Leaders Contact List
Human Rights Violations in East Timor
Main Postings Menu
Note: For those who would like to fax "the
powers that be" - CallCenter is a Native 32-bit Voice Telephony software
application integrated with fax and data communications... and it's free of charge!
Download from http://www.v3inc.com/