MINISTERIO DOS NEGOCIOS ESTRANGEIROS
Divisao de Relacoes Publicas
STATEMENT OF CLARIFICATION
FROM H.E ZACARIAS DA COSTA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TIMOR-LESTE
There was a misquote in the Timor-Post of 15 of October as saying that during the meeting between East Timor’s Minister for Foreign Affairs , Zacarias Albano da Costa and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Timor-Leste, Mr. Finn Rieske-Nielsen,
“Amongst the issues discussed, were the abuse of UN in using diplomatic plates for their vehicles”.
What was discussed, said the Minister da Costa today, “was the ongoing dialogue regarding the review of diplomatic plates for vehicles belonging to the UN Mission, Agencies, Funds and programs in Timor-Leste as well as other international organizations”.
There is no claim that the UN is abusing the use of diplomatic plates from the Minister or Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste.