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30 May 2009

Angola's Parliament speaker analyses situation in East Timor

Agencia AngolaPress Angola 5/27/09 9:55 AM Luanda – The political and social situation of East Timor topped the audience that the speaker of the National Assembly (parliament), Fernando da Piedade dos Santos, granted to the Timorese prime minister, Xanana Gusmao.

The efforts being implemented since 2008 by East Timor's government to overcome political and institutional conflicts that have been troubling the country since 2002 were also analysed during the meeting.

According to Xanana Gusmao, the country has been entering a “vicious cycle of small-scale conflicts that ended in 2008, a time when the population decided to end the problem”.

He stated that after February 11, 2008 attacks aimed at the Head of State and the prime minister, the population, especially youths, have been aware that the time has arrived to put an end to the conflicts.

The prime minister stated that for this purpose, the government of East Timor launched a broad message to the nation, based on the motto “Goodbye to conflict and welcome development”, to which the population joined.

Xanana Gusmao explained that the law establishing the civil services commission was recently approved to guarantee a greater professionalism in the public administration sector, based on ethics and efficiency.

He informed that three laws are to be approved by the parliament, namely that of National Defence, National Security and Internal Security.

Xanana Gusmao's visit to Angola started on Sunday and is expected to end next Friday (May 29).

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