Dili, September 5th, 2019: In a meeting between H.E. PM Taur Matan Ruak and ASEAN Fact-Finding Mission Technical Team, this Thursday, at the Government Palace, in Dili, the Head of Government assured that the accession of Timor-Leste to the Southeast Asia Nation Association will not be a burden on the State Members.
The Head of State explained to the team, led by Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Thailand, Busaya Mathelin, that Timor-Leste has already large engaging experience in international organizations such as member of the UN, member the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), founding member of the g7+, the Fragile Post-Conflict States organization, where it leads and assures the whole Secretariat, and also in the preparations to become a member of the Commonwealth, thus, there should be no doubts about Timor-Leste accession to ASEAN.
“We have experience with international organizations, we are CPLP members, we are founding member of the g7+, the Fragile Post-Conflict States organization, that reunites almost 20 nations, and we assure the whole Secretariat, we are also preparing to become member of the Commonwealth, so this is not new to us (Timor-Leste), and one thing I guarantee to you is that our accession will not be a burden on ASEAN”, assured the Head of Government to the ASEAN Fact-Finding Mission Technical Team.
The Head of Government stressed that Timor-Leste’s willing in participate in ASEAN comes from 1975, and, in 2011, Timor-Leste submitted the formal accession request to ASEAN. He added that, in the VIII Constitutional Government, as the Prime Minister, he instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dionísio Babo Soares, to visit the ASEAN member States and to explain about the Timor-Leste’ preparations to accession and to listen to the suggestions from the Member States.
In the presence of this technical team, the Head of Government also asked the 10 ASEAN Member States for the preparation of a Road Map for Timor-Leste’ accession, and expressed his hope that Timor-Leste will have a positive feedback from the Member States, relating to the team’s work the fact-finding on Timor-Leste’s preparation on the accession to ASEAN.
Meanwhile, team leader Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Thailand, thanked Timor-Leste for his willingness and determination in accession to ASEAN. In addition, all the Fact-Finding Mission technical team members, which includes members from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Filipinas, and Vietnam, presented to the Head of Government their government’s commitment to supporting Timor-Leste’s accession to ASEAN.
The Fact-Finding Mission team consisted of Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Head of Delegation), Nguyen Quoc Dung, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Kan Pharidh, Cambodia Secretary of State, Ambassador Ade Padmo Sarwono, from Indonesia, Thongphane SAVANPHET, Laos Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’Muhammad Shahurl Ikram Bin Yaakob, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hau Khan Sum, Director General of ASEAN Department of Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, Henrique Austria Manalo. Sub-Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Policy of the Philippines, Chee Kiong, Permanent Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hoang Ang Tuan, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General.
This team arrived in Timor-Leste on September 3rd, 2019 and will stay until September 6th, 2019 to make a final assessment for Timor-Leste’s political, security and stability aspects before submitting the report in the high-level meeting of ASEAN, to decide Timor-Leste’s accession. END