|Sri Lanka represented at East Timor Independence celebration
Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando who is now on an official visit to the Maldives, will represent the Government of Sri Lanka at the independence celebrations of the worlds newest democracy East Timor, next week a Foreign Ministry press release said:
"Minister Fernando, who will be accompanied by his Coordinating Secretary Lal Peiris and Sri Lankan Ambassador to Indonesia H. K. J. R. Bandara, will also meet Gusmao the leader of the East Timors struggle against Indonesias 25-year occupation following the withdrawal of the Portuguese in 1975. Gusmao was the successful candidate at the countrys first ever Presidential Elections last month.
A large number of Sri Lankans are currently engaged with the UNs attempt to build democratic institutions in East Timor. The United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) took charge of the country after 78.5 per cent of East Timorese voted for Independence in September 1999."
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