ETLJB Editorial Note: With terrorist attacks occurring in neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines and recent court convictions of Islamist fundamentalist criminals in Australia, the government of East Timor has chosen to bury its head in the sand and deny the terrorist threat. The United States government recently declared East Timor as presenting a risk of permitting the introduction of instruments of terror into maritime commerce. The following propaganda from the East Timor government was published in the Timor Post on 23 March 2010:
Timor Post, March 23, 2010 language source: Tetun - The State Secretary for Security Francisco Guterres has said that Timor-Leste is free from terrorist threats.
“The space for terrorists is too narrow to expand their activities in the country and there is no such problem related to terrorism,” Guterres said.
Guterres said the Government would not consider terrorism as the priority case of the country since there is no terrorist in the country to date.
“Terrorist issue is a serious case that concerns international people but nowadays the most important case to be concerned of is problems facing the country,” Guterres said.
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