THE SLOVAK Ministry of Foreign Affairs sharply condemned the attempt to assasinate the President of East Timor José Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on February 11. The assasination attempt was made by groups of revolting soldiers in the capital, Dili, the ministry wrote in a press release.
Attacks on democratically elected representatives of the country, during which the Nobel Peace Award laureate, President Ramos-Horta was seriously hurt, causes concerns of violence and destabilisation in East Timor, which gained independence in 2002.
The Slovak MFA expressed conviction that the East Timorese government will - with the help of multinational security forces - succeed in keeping peace and stability in this reigon to continue economic and social developments of the country.
18. Feb 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports