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Meeting between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President Xanana Gusmao of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
December 13, 2004
On December 13, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi met President Xanana Gusmao of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, who was visiting Japan, at the Prime Minister's Official Residence. The summary of the meeting is as follows.
1. Comments by Prime Minister Koizumi are as follows:
|(1)||With regard to the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to Timor-Leste, Prime Minister Koizumi stated that he had received many reports from the members of the SDF who were deployed to Timor-Leste that it was their pleasure to have worked in Timor-Leste with pride and a sense of mission. Prime Minister Koizumi then stated that he remembered his own visit to Timor-Leste approximately two years ago, in which he was pleased to see the activities of the SDF and how much they were welcomed there.
|(2)||Prime Minister Koizumi expressed his wish for the people of Timor-Leste to take over the assistance provided by the international community including those of the SDF and to make efforts with the determination that they will build their own nation by themselves. Prime Minister Koizumi also expressed his view that, in order to realize this, human resources were necessary in addition to equipments, and thus human resources development was vital.
|(3)||As for the United Nations (UN) reform, Prime Minister Koizumi stated that he was working hard with the conviction that the reform would not be realized for a long time if not now. As such, Prime Minister Koizumi stated he would be grateful if Timor-Leste, as a new member of the UN, would cooperate with Japan on this regard.|
2. Comments by President Gusmao are as follows:
|(1)||President Gusmao offered his gratitude that Japan had held the First Donor's Meeting for East Timor in Tokyo in 1999 and since then had provided large amounts of assistance to the country. President Gusmao then asked for the continued support of Japan and the international community.
|(2)||President Gusmao also expressed his sincere appreciation for the activities of the SDF, not only for their having played a determining role in the UN Mission and constructed roads and bridges, but also for the equipments that they had left behind for the locals after the completion of their mission, as these had contributed to human resources development. As for the mission of the SDF in Iraq, President Gusmao shared his wish for the SDF to complete their mission in a comprehensive manner as it had done in Timor-Leste.
|(3)||Concerning the UN reform, President Gusmao stated that, reflecting on Timor-Leste's own experience, it would be in full support of Japan. President Gusmao stated that during his visit to the United States (US) prior to his visit to Japan, he had stressed the need for the UN reform to both President George W. Bush of the US and Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.|
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