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Statement by Ambassador Zhang Yishan to the Security Council on the Situations in Timor-Leste
(24 August 2004)

2004/08/24


First, I thank the Secretary-General for his report onthe United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor(UNMISET) (S/2004/669). I also thank Assistant Secretary-General Annabi for his briefing.

In the past several months, with the unflagging efforts of the Timorese Government and people, Timor-Leste has witnessed remarkable progress in all areas of nation-building. The Timorese Government has continued to enhance its public administration capabilities. Its legal framework and law enforcement agencies have improved. The police and the armed forces have been strengthened and have successfully assumed responsibility for maintaining national security. We congratulate the Timorese people on their achievements in nation-building.

As the report of the Secretary-General notes, Timor-Leste still faces many challenges in maintaining national stability, improving public administration and promoting economic and social development. UNMISET still has much work to do during its mandate; in order fully to achieve prosperity and stability, the Timorese people still have much to do as well. During this period, the international community must establish a long-term partnership with Timor-Leste. We highly appreciate UNMISET's positive rolein Timor-Leste's development and construction. We support UNMISET as it continues to provide support for Timor-Leste's early self-sufficiency. At the same time, we call upon the international community, including the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to continue to support and assist Timor-Leste in its nation-building in order to ensure sustainable development in all areas.

Thank you. Mr. President.

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