NEW YORK, 10 MAY 2004
STATEMENT BY HE Mr. GONÇALO
GOMES, AMBASSADOR AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF DE SANTA CLARA TO THE UNITED NATIONS, TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL (Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations PORTUGAL of Support in Timor-Leste) Mission
Let me join other speakers in condemning the bombing in Groznyy and to present my condolences to the families oft the victims.
I thank the Secretary-General for his latest report on the situation of Timor-Leste, as well as SRSG Kamalesh Sharma and his staff for the excellent work they have done and for the results achieved so far. I especially thank Ambassador Sharma who done an outstanding job in Dili in the two years. I would also like to welcome the presence of Minister Ana Pessoa and her valuable contribution to this debate.
Portugal welcomes the recommendation of the SG for the extension of UNMISET, in a reduced size and with a modified mandate, for a further 12-month “consolidation phase” in order to allow key tasks to be performed and to sustain, strengthen and build upon the gains made to date, permitting Timor-Leste to attain self-sufficiency.
In this context, I welcome the proposals of the SG: for a program of support for public administration and justice; for the support to the development of law enforcement; and for the support to security and stability.
We must acknowledge the importance of continuing bilateral assistance and to underline the responsibility of the international community and of the Security Council in relation to Timor-Leste. In this context, I would just like to point out that
, from 1999 to 2003, invested about 300 M€ (360 MUSD) in bilateral investment, development assistance programme, and technical-military assistance to Timor-Leste alone. We are ready to maintain this level of support to Timor-Leste and we encourage other countries to do the same. Portugal
We note with satisfaction the steady and significant developments in the relationship of Timor-Leste with its neighbours, regarding important issues such as refugees and in the determination of land and maritime borders. We can only encourage the strengthening of these bilateral relations of Timor-Leste and the settling of all outstanding problems with the neighbouring countries in a climate of friendship and trust.
Finally, Mr. President,
I would like to reiterate that as in the past
will remain committed to the consolidation and development of Timor-Leste and to the United Nations efforts to this effect. Portugal