New York

29 August 2019

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General – on the 20th anniversary of the Popular Consultation for Timor-Leste

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Timor-Leste on the twentieth anniversary of the 1999 Popular Consultation, which put the nation firmly on the path of independence.
Timor-Leste has achieved tremendous progress over the past two decades, building new institutions, developing its economy, holding four peaceful elections, and laying the foundations for reconciliation, democracy and stability.
The Secretary-General wishes Timor-Leste every success as it continues to consolidate these gains, foster democratic governance and promote sustainable development for its people. In this endeavor, the Secretary-General affirms the continued cooperation and support of the United Nations.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 29 August 2019