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Attacks Against Timor-Leste's Leaders Comdemned

President Barroso condemns the attack against President Ramos Horta and PM Gusmão of Timor-Leste

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, condemned in the strongest terms the attacks earlier today against President José Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. President Barroso expresses the solidarity of the European Commission with the people and the democratically elected institutions of Timor-Leste.

Following the failed attacks, President Barroso said:

"I am relieved that President Ramos Horta has survived this brutal attack against him and against the young democracy of Timor-Leste. And I am equally happy that Prime Minister Gusmão is in safe condition and that he has confirmed that the situation in Dili is under control. In these difficult hours, I want to reiterate to the people of Timor-Leste the deep solidarity of the European Commission. We will continue to stand firmly with the democratic institutions and to face together the challenges ahead, helping the Timorese institutions to consolidate democracy and the rule of law and supporting economic and social development. We also praise the crucial task of the United Nations Police (UNPol) and the International Stabilisation Force (ISF)."

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