photo (Foreign Minister Taro Aso)

Statement by Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Election of the New President of Timor-Leste

May 16, 2007

  1. Japan welcomes that the presidential elections which the Government of Timor-Leste conducted on its own for the first time were carried out in a peaceful manner and that the candidate Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta (currently Prime Minister and Minister for Defense) has been elected as the next President through the democratic procedures.  Japan also highly values the efforts made by the people of Timor-Leste resulting in free and fair elections, and strongly expects that the government, national parliament and people of Timor-Leste will be united in their endeavors for nation-building under the leadership of the new President.
  2. Japan pays tribute to the National Electoral Commission (CNE) and the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), which played central roles in carrying out the presidential elections, and the efforts of United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other related institutions, International Security Force and each election observation mission, which supported the elections to be conducted fairly and smoothly and the maintenance of security.
  3. For elections this time, Japan provided emergency grant aid of about 72,000 US dollars through UNDP and dispatched election observation missions for the presidential election on April 9 and the runoff on May 9 respectively.  Japan intends to continue to extend as much assistance as possible to the efforts of Timor-Leste for the consolidation of peace and nation-building.