Subject: LUSA: EU appoints special envoy, plans Dili office to enhance cooperation

03-07-2006 20:15:00. Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-8139664 Temas:

East Timor: EU appoints special envoy, plans Dili office to enhance cooperation

Dili, July 3 (Lusa) - The European Union nominated a special envoy to East Timor Monday and Brussels will send a mission later this month to help efforts to find a peaceful settlement to the new nation's political crisis, as well as prepare the opening of an office in Dili, officials said.

José Manuel Barroso, head of the European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, has appointed Portuguese diplomat Miguel Amado to serve as the EU's envoy in Timor and the senior official will lead a three-week mission to Dili from July 6, an EU spokesman said.

Amado's delegation will "make an evaluation of the current situation" in Timor and "actively contribute" to a pacific and constitutional solution" in addition to "reinforcing cooperation" between the 25-nation bloc and Dili.

As part of this boosted cooperation, the EU plans to open a bureau in the Timorese capital, added the Brussels spokesman.

A senior official in the department of humanitarian aid of the Commission, Amado is tasked with coordination with the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of former European colonies.

Timor is the newest member of the 79-nation ACP.

Meanwhile, a ministerial delegation from the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) begins contacts with Timor's political leaders Tuesday to assess how the Lusophone bloc can aid the strife-torn country.

The CPLP team, headed by the foreign minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Carlos Gustavo dos Anjos, is scheduled to remain in Dili through Thursday.

Dos Anjos told Lusa last week that his mission would involve both CPLP political officials and experts in specific areas, such as justice and security.

The team, he said, would assess how East Timor's Lusophone partners could "contribute" to help "calm the situation and create a climate of peace".



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