|Subject: LUSA: FM Gama Presses Brussels for
Further Aid Increase
11 Mar 02 14:28 East Timor: FM Gama Presses Brussels for Further Aid Increase
Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama expressed hope Monday that he would be able to get the European Commission to boost aid to East Timor during the next two years over an above an already agreed increase.
"There´s already been a first sign of opening" from the commission "and we´ll insist as we did last year with good results", Gama told reporters before a meeting with European Union counterparts in Brussles.
A commission official confirmed that it had already agreed to raise planned aid to Dili over 2003-2004 to euros 18 million from the initial proposal of euros 13 million.
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