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Statement on East Timor.

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The Hon Andrew Robb MP

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mon, 11th February 2008


The Federal Opposition is concerned by the actions that took place in one of our nearest neighbours, East Timor, this

morning against President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

“I am deeply concerned by the reports of the injuries sustained by President Ramos-Horta but relieved that he is now

considered to be stable,” the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, said today.

“I am also relieved that Prime Minister Gusmao is allegedly safe and unharmed.

“The attempted assassination of the top tier of leadership in East Timor is incredibly disturbing.

“The Federal Opposition supports any moves to provide extra assistance to East Timor at this time in addition to

maintaining the levels of Australian Defence Force and Federal Police numbers in the country.

“The Liberal and National Parties have a proud history in providing the assistance necessary for East Timor to become

an independent nation.

“The stability and safety of East Timor and its residents is of major importance to the Federal Opposition and we will

consider all requests for further assistance very positively,” Mr Robb said.