Angola: CPLP Hopeful About Peaceful Election in East Timor
23 FEBRUARY 2012
New York — The Portuguese Speaking Community (CPLP) expressed hope for peaceful presidential and legislative elections in East Timor, Angop learned.
This was expressed by the trade attaché of the Angola's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, the counsellor minister António Coelho Ramos da Cruz.
The diplomat was speaking on behalf of the CPLP, currently under Angola's chair, at the meeting of the Security Council on East Timor.
"CPLP is optimistic about the country's political stability reflected in the preparation of the political parties for the electoral contest (...), in a peaceful and exemplar atmosphere of the respective congresses and supports the Government's initiatives concerning the stabilisation and reconciliation through an institutional dialogue," said the Angolan diplomat at the session witnessed by the Timorese president, José Ramos-Horta.
According to Ramos da Cruz, CPLP will remain engaged in the excellent cooperation with East Timor toward the strengthening of stability of its institutions and growth of its economy.
In his turn, president José Ramos-Horta assured that East Timor that is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its independence this year, will hold presidential and legislative elections in an environment of peace, with the participation of 13 presidential candidates and 24 political parties.
This statement was seconded by the special representative and head of the United Nations Mission to East Timor, Ameerah Haq, who said there is stability in the country that ensures peaceful elections and a smooth transition to a new Government.
Meanwhile, in his report on East Timor, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, recommends the Security Council to extend the world body's mission to that country until December 31 this year.