Subject: UNMIT: SRSG Meets US Congressional Delegation

SRSG meets US Congressional Delegation

Dili 2 July, 2009 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (SRSG) for Timor-Leste Atul Khare today met members of the United States House Democratic Assistance Committee led by Chairman Rep. David Price (D-NC) at the UN headquarters in Dili. The other members of the Congressional delegation were Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Rep. Phil Gingery (R-GA).

In this first ever visit to Timor-Leste of an official US Congressional delegation, SRSG Khare gave a detailed briefing to the congressmen on the mandate and activities of the UN Mission, as well as on the progress of Timor-Leste toward sustainable stability following the crisis of 2006. He underlined the importance of the assistance of the United States provided through the USAID which, he said, is a major contribution to peace, stability and economic development of the young nation.

"It is significant that the USA, one of the world's oldest and leading democracies, is building a solid relationship with Timor-Leste, one of the world's youngest democracies," the Khare. "This relationship," said Khare, "can help deepen the understanding that democracy in a young nation like Timor-Leste provides the best avenue for redressing societal grievances, and hence creates the conditions for better long-term security and development."

SRSG Khare thanked the Chairman and members of the Committee for their strong support to Timor-Leste, as well as to successive UN missions in Timor-Leste. He also noted the significance of this US delegation being a bipartisan group, and the fact that with UN encouragement Timorese parliamentary delegations to other countries also follow the bipartisan model.

"The support of the US House Democratic Assistance Committee to the Timor-Leste National Parliament in establishing its parliamentary library is a good example of assistance in building the democratic institutions of this nation," he added.

SRSG Atul Khare met earlier met with the chairman of the Committee on his recent trip to Washington, in February this year, when they discussed the possibility of this first ever official visit of US Congress Members to Timor-Leste.

On Saturday, 4 June, 2009 the Congressional delegation will travel by UN helicopter to the central mountain region of Maubisse, where they will visit the a coffee cooperative supported by USAID and participate, along with members of the Timorese National Parliament and SRSG Khare, in a town hall meeting with community members.

For further information contact:

Gyorgy Kakuk UNMIT Spokesperson +670 7230749 kakukg@un.org

RESJ hasoru malu ho Delegasaun husi Kongresu EUA nian

Dili 2 Jullu, 2009 – Reprezentante Espesiál Sekretáriu--Jerál Nasoins Unidas nian (RESJ) ba Timor-Leste Atul Khare ohin hasoru malu iha Sede ONU iha Dili ho delegasaun ho membru balu husi Komisaun AsistĂ©nsia ba Demokrasia nian husi Kámara Reprezentante sira-nian husi Estadus Unidus ne’ebĂ© Prezidente Komisaun, Rep. David Price (Demokrata-Karolina Norte), maka lidera. Membru seluseluk iha delegasaun Kongresu amerikanu nian maka Rep. Jim McDermott (Demokrata-Washington), Rep. Jim Cooper (Demokrata-Tennessee), Rep. Bob Etheridge (Demokrata-Karolina Norte), Rep. Vern Buchanan (Republikanu-Florida) no Rep. Phil Gingery (Republikanu –JeĂłrjia).

Iha vizita ba dala uluk husi delegasaun ofisiál ida husi Kongresu EUA mai Timor-Leste, RESJ Khare hato’o informasaun detallada ba kongresista sira kona-ba mandatu no atividade sira Misaun ONU nian, hanesan mós kona-ba Timor-Leste nia progresu iha diresaun ba estabilidade sustentavel liutiha krize 2006 nian. Nia subliña importánsia husi asisténsia Estadus Unidus nian ne’ebé fornese liuhosi USAID ne’ebé, nia hatutan, nu’udar kontribuisaun boboot ida ba dame, estabilidade no dezenvolvimentu ekonómiku iha nasaun nurak ne’e.

“Signifikativu katak EUA, ne’ebé entre demokrasia antigu liu no importante liu iha mundu rai-klaran, harii daudaun relasaun metin ho Timor-Leste, ne’ebé entre demokrasia nurak liu iha mundu rai-klaran,” RESJ Khare dehan. “Relasaun ida-ne’e,” Khare hateten, “bele ajuda hakle’an komprensaun katak demokrasia iha nasaun nurak hanesan Timor-Leste fornese dalan di’ak liu hotu atu hadi’ak problema sosiál sira, no nune’e hamosu kondisaun sira ba seguransa no dezenvolvimentu ba tempu naruk ne’ebé di’ak liu.”

RESJ Khare hato’o obrigadu ba Prezidente no membru sira Komisaun nian tanba sira-nia tulun maka’as ba Timor-Leste, no mós ba misaun tuituir malu ONU nian iha Timor-Leste. Nia mós nota importánsia katak delegasaun EUA nian ne’e grupu pluri-partidáriu, no faktu katak ho enkorajamentu husi ONU delegasaun parlamentár sira husi Timor-Leste ba nasaun seluseluk mós tuir modelu pluri-partidáriu.

“Apoiu husi Komisaun Asisténsia ba Demokrasia nian husi Kámara Reprezentante EUA ba Parlamentu Nasionál Timor-Leste nian hodi estabelese ninia biblioteka parlamentár ne’e ezemplu di’ak ida husi asisténsia hodi harii instituisaun demokrátika sira nasaun ne'e nian,” nia hatutan.

RESJ Atul Khare uluk hasoru malu ho prezidente Komisaun ne’e nian durante ninia viajen foin daudaun ba Washington, iha Fevereiru tinan ne’e nian, no iha momentu ne’ebá sira ko’alia kona-ba posibilidade atu hala’o vizita ofisiál ba dala uluk ne’e husi Membru Kongresu EUA sira mai Timor-Leste.

Iha Sábadu, 4 Juñu 2009, delegasaun husi Kongresu sei viaja ho elikĂłpteru ONU nian to’o zona sentrál foho iha Maubisi, ne’ebĂ© sira sei vizita kooperativa kafĂ© nian ida ne’ebĂ© 


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