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Terrorist attack in East Timor

Published on March 5, 2008
Statement made by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, M. Bernard Kouchner.

Paris, February 11, 2008

I was deeply shocked to learn of the attempted assassination of the President of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, Jose Ramos Horta, and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. I have sent a message of sympathy, friendship and admiration to Mr Ramos Horta. I wish him a speedy recovery.

France condemns these terrorist attacks which, by targeting the Head of State and the Prime Minister, are aimed at destabilizing the country and compromising the recovery effort which he has undertaken with his government since being elected.

France will continue more than ever to support the efforts of the international community and the United Nations in particular to foster East Timor’s development and stability./.

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