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Timorese Prime Minister expresses solidarity to the people of Ukraine

Timorese Prime Minister expresses solidarity to the people of Ukraine

Timorese Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak. Tatoli's image//Francisco Sony

DILI, 03 march 2022 (TATOLI) – Timorese Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, expressed Timor-Leste’s solidarity to the people of Ukraine, saying the invasion of Russia on Ukraine’s national territory is unacceptable.

“On behalf of Timorese people, I would like to manifest our solidarity to Ukrainians who are currently defending their land, their right and their independence against the invasion of Russia,” Ruak made the comments at the commemoration of the National Veterans Day, at the Headquarters of the Timorese National Defense Force (F-FDTL), in Fatuhada, Dili, on thursday.

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Ruak said Timor-Leste experienced the worst impact of the foreign invasion during 24 years of resistance against Indonesian occupation, saying, therefore, Timor-Leste is totally against any type of invasion, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s territory.

“We are against the invasion of Ukraine as it will bring negative consequences and suffering to many people, particularly the women, children, and the elders. Timor-Leste has experienced the worst impact of the invasion, and we don’t want our fellow Ukrainians to experience the same thing,” Ruak stressed.

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Ruak called on world leaders to find a diplomatic solution to end the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“On behalf of the Timorese people, I call on world leaders to find a diplomatic solution to put an end to the war between Ukraine and Russia.

The UN rights office, OHCHR, said it had registered 752 civilian casualties in Ukraine, including 227 people killed and 525 people wounded, between february 24, when Russia invaded, and midnight tuesday. “OHCHR believes that real figures are considerably higher,” it said in a statement.

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Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo 

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