19 September 2008 - At a World Day of Peace program sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Dili on 19 September 2008, Ambassador Hans Klemm underscored the importance of justice and the rule of law for Timor-Leste's development.
In his remarks, the Ambassador highlighted Timor-Leste's progress since the political crisis of 2006 and the 11 February 2008 assassination attempts against the President and Prime Minister of the republic by armed rebels.
He also lauded the work of Timor-Leste's Justice and Peace Commission in providing skills training and education to over 3,000 young people, including internally displaced persons and members of gangs and martial arts groups.
The Ambassador observed that the U.S. cooperates with Timor-Leste in strengthening its security and justice institutions, and underscored that a climate of justice where people are held accountable for their crimes, and victims receive restitution, must be promoted.
The Ambassador was invited to provide the keynote speech by the Justice and Peace Commission.
The event was attended by over 400 guests, including Bishop of Baucau Basilio do Nascimento, officials from the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste and the embassies of Norway and Brazil, martial arts groups, religious officials, and members of the Armed Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL).
Image: The Honourable Hans Klemm, United States Ambassador to East Timor