Dili, September 4th, 2019: H.E. the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on behalf of the Timorese and the Timorese State, expressed his deepest gratitude to the Former Head of UNAMET, Ian Martin, for his contribution and his leadership and management abilities, which allowed him, 20 years ago, to successfully organize the Popular Consultation, on 30th August 1999, regardless of facing terror and intimidation inflicted by pro-autonomy militias.
“I would like to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of our People and our Country, for all the support and contribution in the shape of management and leadership abilities, offered 20 years ago, in a situation that was considered to be the most difficult one for our country. Thank you very much Mr. Ian Martin”, said the Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak during the 20th anniversary of the announcement of the Popular Consultation’s results “The Re-enactment of the Official Announcement of the Popular Consultation Result” by Ian Martin, this Wednesday, in Timor Hotel, similar location where the official announcement of the result took place twenty years ago.
After the Prime Minister’s speech, the Former Head of UNAMET, Ian Martin, re-enacted the official announcement of the referendum results obtained twenty years ago. Subsequently, the participants of the celebrations, which included student representatives of all secondary schools in the Capital – Dili, the Head of Government and his spouse, Isabel da Costa Ferreira, and other Government members, carried out a March for Peace which they started in the Timor Hotel and ended in Dili Convention Centre.
Participating the official announcement of Referendum Result (Popular Consultation 20th anniversary or “The Re-enactment of the Official Announcement of the Popular Consultation Result” was the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, and his wife, the Former President of the Republic and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, José Ramos Horta, several Government members, National Parliament members, former UNAMET and UNPOL staff, accredited ambassadors to Timor-Leste, Diplomatic Corps, UN Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste and other distinguished guests.
Twenty years ago, on September 4th, the Head of UNAMET, Ian Martin, officially, announced the results of the Referendum to the public, in which 78.50% voters rejected the proposed special autonomy for Timor-Leste, leading to Timor-Leste’s separation from Indonesia and independence, while 21.50% voters accepted the proposed special autonomy for Timor-Leste, within the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia. END