Subject: XG: President Gusmao conveys his condolences to the Palestinian People

PRESIDÊNCIA DA REPÚBLICA GABINETE DO PRESIDENTE

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(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)

Thursday, 11 November 2004

PRESIDENT XANANA GUSMÃO CONVEYS HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE ON THE PASSING OF YASSER ARAFAT

On behalf of the people of Timor-Leste, H.E. President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão today expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Palestinian people on the passing of President Yasser Arafat.

In a letter addressed to the Interim President of the Palestinian National Authority, President Xanana Gusmão stated that “President Yasser Arafat was the backbone of the struggle for the rights of his people to a homeland…He was a remarkable human being, whose life was spent in the service of his people and who in death, leaves behind a legacy of courage in the face of adversity and determination to always stand up for one’s belief”.

The President further states that President Yasser Arafat was “widely respected and beloved by his people…[and] his memory will live on and serve as an inspiration to all Palestinians to continue to advocate for justice and human rights”.

President Xanana Gusmão also extended his deepest sympathies to the late President’s family.


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