Subject: DN: East Timor opens diplomatic mission in Lisbon

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also: ETTA First Diplomatic Mission Abroad; LUSA: Ramos Horta Received by Gama in Lisbon

East Timor opens diplomatic mission in Lisbon BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Jul 28, 2001

Source: Diario de Noticias web site, Lisbon, in Portuguese 28 Jul 01

The first official East Timorese diplomatic mission is already open for business in Lisbon, East Timorese Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta announced after a meeting with [his Portuguese counterpart] Jaime Gama.

Jose Ramos Horta, who is in Portugal on a working visit, was told by his Portuguese opposite number that the Lisbon government had given its agreement to the accreditation request for East Timor's first diplomatic mission in Portugal.

The Portuguese government's decision immediately activated the Timorese mission, which will be located for the time being in the premises of the National Council of the Timorese Resistance [CNRT] until the opening of East Timor's future embassy. The mission will be headed by Pascoela Barreto, who already headed the CNRT's Lisbon office.

Jose Ramos Horta was also informed that the Portuguese Foreign Ministry's Institute of Diplomacy will be offering bursaries and training for East Timorese diplomats who will eventually work in cities like Brussels, Tokyo and Camberra...

Media Release 27 July 2001 For Immediate Release


Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs, East Timor Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta formally presented the first East Timor diplomatic mission abroad to the Portuguese Government today.

The mission will be called "ETTA (East Timor Transitional Administration) Liaison Mission". The Liaison Mission will be headed by Dr Pascolela Barreto, and takes over the functions of the now dissolved office of the National Council of East Timorese Resistance (CNRT) in Lisbon.

This is the first ETTA Mission abroad and will be followed by two more, one in Jakarta and one in Canberra. Three East Timorese diplomats have already been assigned to the Jakarta and will soon take up their new assignment as part of the UNTAET (United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor) office in Jakarta.

The ETTA Mission in Lisbon has no financial implications for the ETTA recurrent budget at least until the next fiscal year. All current Mission staff are East Timorese with long term service in the Portuguese civil administration who were on loan to the CNRT. They will continue up to independence in the same capacity.

Besides Dr Pascoela Barreto, the Lisbon Liaison Mission comprises a Cultural Attache, Mr. Henrique Borges, a writer, and an Administrative Assistant Mr. Alfredo Silva.

Negotiations are under way for the Portuguese Government to donate a property for the future East Timor embassy in Lisbon. ETTA has allocated a site in Dili for the future Portuguese Embassy in East Timor.

Immediately after his arrival in Lisbon yesterday afternoon, Dr Ramos-Horta met with Dr. Jose Durao Barroso, President of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD). Dr. Jose Durao Barroso leaves for a long planned visit to East Timor this weekend.

Dr. Jose Durao Barroso was Minister for Foreign Affairs for many years under the previous government and played a central role in the negotiations with Indonesia and the UN over the future of East Timor.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta has a full agenda today with official meetings with President Jorge Sampaio, Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, Foreign Affairs Minister Jaime Gama and Secretary of State for International Cooperation Dr. Luiz Amado.

Dr Jose Ramos-Horta arrived in Portugal yesterday afternoon in Lisbon after attending the 34th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi. Special Representative of the Secretary General Dr. Sergio Vieira de Mello and East Timorese National Leader Mr Xanana Gusmao led the East Timor delegation.

Mr. Roberto Cabral head of the ASEAN desk at the Department of Foreign Affairs, ETTA was also part of the delegation. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta ends today with the launching of new book on East Timor, written by senior Portuguese diplomat Mr. Jose Julio Pereira Gomes who headed the Portuguese Mission in East Timor during the period of the Popular Consultation in 1999. Dr Jose Ramos-Horta wrote the preface to the book and will speak at the launch.

Dr Jose Ramos-Horta leaves Portugal tomorrow for New York where he will join the Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello in addressing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) special session on East Timor to be held Monday July 30.

Monday is the last day of the Chinese Presidency of the UNSC.



27 Jul 01 19:54 
East Timor: Ramos Horta Received by Gama in Lisbon

Top East Timorese diplomat Jose Ramos Horta was received Friday in Lisbon by Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama and subsequently by the state secretary for foreign affairs and cooperation, Luis Amado.

The recent political upheaval in Indonesia should not place in doubt East Timor's August 30 Constituent Assembly elections, Ramos Horta told media after the meetings.

The rise of Megawati Sukarnoputri to power in Jakarta is not "news for East Timor to worry about", the 1996 Nobel Peace co- laureate reiterated, adding that a request had already been made for a meeting in the near future between the new Indonesian head of state and a delegation from East Timor.

Commenting on the current situation in the territory, Ramos Horta highlighted the "great civicism" of the 16 political parties contesting the August ballot.

On August 30, East Timorese voters will choose the 88 members of an assembly whose main task will be to draw up the future national constitution.

Queried by Lusa on Xanana Gusmao's manifest desire to distance himself from politics, Ramos Horta affirmed that "with conviction and not speculation" he believed that the historic leader of East Timor's independence struggle would be a future candidate for president.

"I know Xanana Gusmao very well and believe that his role will be more formal after the elections", the foreign minister of the East Timor transition administration said.

Ramos Horta is on the second day of a three-day visit to Portugal, ahead of a trip to the United States, where on Monday he will hold talks at the UN headquarters in New York.

JBC -Lusa-

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