Subject: JRH on death of Alatas

12 December 2008

Press Release

Statement of HE President Jose Ramos-Horta on the Death of Former Indonesian Foreign Minister, Ali Alatas.

Upon learning about the death of former Indonesian foreign Minister Ali Alatas, President Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who knew Ali Alatas for over 30 years, made the following statement.

"I pray to the Almighty God, the most Merciful, to receive our beloved friend and brother, Ali Alatas in HIS grace". "I extend to Mrs Ali Alatas and all the family members and friends my most sincere and deepest sympathy.

"I first met Mr Ali Alatas in 1974 and then many years later we fought the same battle in opposing diplomatic trenches, each motivated by our own conviction. Even though we were in opposing trenches, Ali Alatas was always a very carrying, charming and accessible diplomat. He was passionate, witty, and combative.

"Ali Alatas served his people and his country with great distinction. He also served the cause of peace and stability in entire region.

"We developed a warm and respectful relationship over the years. He will be missed by me and by all. Indonesia and the region lost a great diplomat.

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