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Opening remarks at press conference with President of Timor-Leste

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Dili (Timor-Leste), 15 August 2012

Your Excellency President Taur Matan Ruak of Timor-Leste, Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, boas tardes [good afternoon].

Thank you for your warm welcome, and I am very pleased to be back in Timor-Leste.

This is my second visit as Secretary-General of the United Nations. I am especially delighted to be here as your country marks its tenth anniversary since the Restoration of Independence – and your tenth year as a member of the United Nations.

President Taur Matan Ruak and just had a very constructive discussion. He shared his perspective on the progress the country has made since the establishment of the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste in 2006.

Later today, I will meet with other key leaders, including the Prime Minister and his cabinet, the president of the national assembly, and address the National Parliament.

Tomorrow, I will visit a primary school in Liquica, and deliver a speech to University of Timor-Leste students to highlight the key role of education in the country’s development.

Timor-Leste has come a long way. You have much to be proud of.

I commend all Timorese for the successful presidential and parliamentary elections earlier this year.

The peaceful and orderly process reflects Timor-Leste’s strong commitment to stability, democracy and national unity.

I also welcome the significant progress made by Timor-Leste in the security sector.

For over 16 months, the national police, PNTL, have borne the responsibility for the conduct of all police operations in Timor-Leste.

They are not only making a difference here in the country, but around the world. We see that in the form of police and military personnel you are now contributing to UN peacekeeping missions in other parts of the world.

This is a powerful testament to the growing professionalism and institutional development of your security forces – as well as your commitment to global solidarity.

You are also reforming other State institutions, including ministries, the civil service, and the judiciary. All of this underlines a continued commitment to principles of good democratic governance and the rule of law.

The President and I also discussed the work of UNMIT and the UN country team. As we near the end of UNMIT’s mandate, we have been reaching out to a wide range of Timorese leaders and representatives to shape a new form of UN engagement in Timor-Leste to tailor our support to the changing needs of the country.

I look forward to deepening that dialogue for our future engagement during my visit.

Once again, thank you for your welcome.

Timor-Leste can count on the United Nations’ steady support as it marks further strides on its path towards continued stability and further development.

Thank you. Muito Obrigado.