Statement by H.E Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam at the Security Council Debate on Timor-Leste
New York, 21 February 2008
First, I would like to thank the Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste, Ambassador Nelson Santos, for his statement. I would also like to thank Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno for his briefing on the situation following the attacks on the President and the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and for his introduction of the report of the Secretary General.
The report of the Secretary General does indicate that in the context of the many difficulties they are facing in the first year of the new Government and Parliament, the people and public institutions of Timor-Leste have made a lot of efforts in their nation-building and recovery process. However, the report does indicate also that progress is limited. Apart from that in the performance of the Parliament, Government and other State institutions in the areas of policy-making and political debates, little can be found in other domains of activities. We agree that Timor-Leste continues to face numerous challenges as noted by the Security Council mission that visited the country last November. The attacks targeting the President and Prime Minister that Members of the Security Council have strongly condemned recently only tell us that while there has been over-all improvement, the security situation itself and the political situation remain fragile. That together with the weakness of institutions, lack of co-operation among political leaders and parties make the task of tackling on a daily basis pressing problems such as widespread poverty and unemployment, the housing crisis, the great number of IDPs, crimes, … more challenging. In expressing our support and solidarity with the people and Government of Timor-Leste, mindful of the observation of the Security Council mission that unless the differences among the Timorese leaders are resolved, political uncertainty will persist, together with the prospect of renewed violence and bloodshed, we call upon all parties concerned to exercise restraint and actively engage in peaceful dialogue to address differences, together promoting the process of national reconciliation and development in the national interest of Timor-Leste as well that of peace and stability in the region.
In the context of the present situation, we consider that continued assistance of the international community is necessary. The visits of the Secretary-General and the Security Council mission reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to Timor-Leste at this critical moment. In this regard, we commend the efforts of UNMIT and other UN agencies in support of the peace and development process in Timor-Leste over the past year in the many fields of its activities. At the request of the Government of Timor-Leste and the recommendation of the Secretary-General, Viet Nam supports the extension of UNMIT’s existing mandate in order to allow it to accomplish its tasks. We welcome UNMIT’s plan for a phased handover of policing responsibility to the National Police of Timor-Leste with an aim to enhancing the capacity of the Timorese authorities in maintaining security towards long-term stability.
Before concluding, Mr. President, let me once again, on behalf of my Government, extend to President Jose Ramos-Horta our best wishes for his quick and full recovery to allow him to early resume leadership of the country in consolidating peace and implementing the national strategy for recovery.
I thank you, Mr. President!