UNSC condemns bid on Timor-Leste president”s life


United Nations : The Security Council late Monday strongly condemned the attempt earlier in the day on the life of the President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta at his residence and the attack on the convoy of the country’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, and warned that it will act “as appropriate” if the situation worsens.

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Reading a statement on behalf of the council members, council president, Panama, said the council “calls on the Government of Timor-Leste to bring to justice those responsible for this heinous act, and urges all parties in Timor-Leste to cooperate actively with the authorities in this regard.” The council requested the Secretary-General to report on developments in the country, as necessary, and said it will continue to monitor closely the situation there and will act “as appropriate.” The council also called on the people in Timor-Leste to remain calm, exercise restraint and maintain stability in the country.

“The Security Council urges all parties in Timor-Leste to resolve any disputes through political and peaceful means within the framework of its democratic institutions,” the statement said.
It reaffirmed its full support to the government and people of Timor-Leste in their continued efforts to strengthen democracy and ensure public security and maintain stability in their country.

It also expressed its full support for the work of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste and for the continued deployment of the international security forces in response to the requests of the government.