Subject: AFP: East Timor calls for probe into Ramos-Horta assassination
East Timor calls for probe into Ramos-Horta assassination plot
East Timor's parliament has agreed to recommend the government set up an international commission to investigate the assassination attempts on the country's leaders.
President Jose Ramos-Horta sustained multiple gunshot wounds in an assault on his residence on February 11, which saw rebel boss Alfredo Reinado killed. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped a separate ambush on the same day unharmed.
Members of Parliament came up with a "resolution project" demanding an independent international investigation be formed during a plenary on Monday (local time), a press release issued by the legislative body said.
"In accordance to article 92 of the constitution, the national parliament recommends to the government to conduct negotiations with the competent organs of the United Nations over the establishment of an international investigation commission, that will search and evaluate new findings and identify those involved in the incident of 11 February 2008," it said.
It said the decision on the resolution, which moved by the Fretilin Party and the Democratic Alliance, was passed by 33 votes to 17 against with four abstentions.
The release said an absolute majority showed a wish to entrust an independent international investigation commission with the task of conducting a probe into the February 11 incident.
It said the commission - which should be composed of experts from various fields and from various countries - could work with the judicial and political authorities "but cannot make any recommendation."
Fretilin, which had already made calls for an international probe, stressed that countries in the international peacekeeping force, deployed in East Timor since unrest flared in 2006, should not be part of the commission.
International troops are hunting at least 17 rebels accused of launching the attacks on President Ramos-Horta and Mr Gusmao.
Reinado originally came to prominence amid the deadly unrest on Dili's streets in 2006.
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