Secretary-General congratulates Timor-Leste on 10th anniversary of popular consultation
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Timor-Leste on the tenth anniversary of the historic referendum, which determined its independence from Indonesia.
In a video message the Secretary-General said nation-building has not been easy, but the resilient Timorese people and their leaders have risen to meet their challenges.
"In just over seven years since the restoration of independence, your country has established all its major democratic institutions. Now we must strengthen them. Timor-Leste's progress also shows yet again the power of peaceful means in changing the course of history."
Mr. Ban said the United Nations attaches the highest importance to its partnership with Timor Leste and will continue to support its efforts to build a prosperous, inclusive society.
Bissera Kostova, United Nations.