Subject: AN: RI ready to cooperate with whoever is elected East Timor`s President

04/13/07 18:17

RI ready to cooperate with whoever is elected East Timor`s President

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is ready to cooperate with any new East Timorese president who has been elected democratically, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

"Whoever is elected Timor Leste`s new president, the Indonesian government is ready to cooperate with him," Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo said on Friday.

The Indonesian government hailed the ongoing process of democracy in the tiny state which opted for independence from Indonesia in a UN-sponsored ballot in 1999, he said.

Regardless of what the results of Monday`s polls would be, Indonesia would always encourage democracy in East Timor, he said.

Indonesia was also calling on the world community to cooperate with whoever won the presidential election, he said.

"In principle, we warmly welcome (the polls) and whatever the result is we are ready to cooperate with them," he said.

East Timor looked set for a presidential run-off between Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta and parliament chief Francisco Guterres.

Under the country`s election law, if none of the candidates wins more than half of the vote, a run-off will be held.

Preliminary vote counting showed that Guterres of the ruling Fretilin Party had 29 percent of the vote, while Ramos-Horta had 23 percent.

Martinho Gusmao was quoted by Reuters as saying that there were still disputes over the validity of 30 percent of the vote.

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