Timor-Leste: "Our experience shows value of the UN and negotiated solutions."

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Taur Matan Rauk

Timor-Leste's partnership with the United Nations, throughout the last decade, has been a remarkable success.

That's what the President Taur Matan Rauk shared with his counterparts on the third day of the United Nations General Assembly Debate.

2013 is the first year since, the Restoration of Independence of Timor-Leste, 11 years ago, without a United Nations mission in the country, he adds.

For him, Timor-Leste's experience shows the great value of the United Nations, the importance of negotiated solutions as well as dialogue and diplomacy to international disputes.

President Rauk said the country was focused now on building its future.

"The Timorese people now hold, in their own hands, the full responsibility for the construction of their future. The country faces the challenges with high hopes and optimism. One such challenge is to focus the national development on the diversification of the economy, reducing our dependency on oil and promoting inclusive development for all Timorese people. Another is to consolidate our national institutions, strengthening their technical capacities and ensuring the participation of the younger generation in managing the country."

Timor-Leste is also in the process of establishing the g7+ group, comprising of 18 countries from the Asia-Pacific region, committed to promoting a new model of engagement between fragile States and other international stakeholders.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’39″

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