China calls for more efforts to promote process of peaceful nation-building in Timor-Leste

10:05, October 24, 2009      

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China on Friday called on all factions concerned in Timor-Leste to give priority to the interests of the country and people, seize the favorable opportunities at present for restoring peace and promoting development in order to lead the people in focusing their efforts on peaceful nation-building.

The statement came as Zhang Yesui, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, was taking the floor at an open debate of the Timor-Leste issue at the UN Security Council.

To realize the lasting peace and stability in Timor-Leste requires greater efforts to vigorously develop economy and improve the livelihood of the people, Zhang said.

"We note that despite the favorable economic growth momentum in Timor-Leste, the situation in the country remains fragile, and such issues as poverty and high unemployment rate may affect the efforts for stability and development in the country," he said.

Against the current backdrop, China supports the efforts by the government of Time-Leste to continue to maintain stability while placing priority on the building of the infrastructures, developing the capacity of human resources by focusing on economic development and raising the employment rate so as to move effectively to remove the destabilizing effects of the society, he said.

"The international community should also continue to offer all kinds of assistance in order to speed up the process of peaceful nation-building in Timor-Leste," he said.

"Both China and Timor-Leste are members of the big family of Asia and Pacific, we have been following closely the development in the country, we support the efforts for peace, stability and development in Timor-Leste," he said.

In his recent meeting with Prime Minister Alexandre Xanana Gusmao of Timor-Leste, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced that China will provide Timor-Leste with 30 million yuan (some 4.4 million U.S. dollars) of gratis assistance, Zhang said. "We are ready to continue to offer assistance to Timor-Leste within our capacity."

Source: Xinhua
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