European Union donates 63 million euros to East Timor for development projects

28 May 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 28 May – The European Union plans to donate 63 million euros to East Timor to support development programs in the country, the special representative of the United Nations secretary general for East Timor said in Lisbon Friday.

The announcement was made by Atul Khare after an audience with the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, with the Indian diplomat highlighting the importance of East Timor for the “EU 27.”

Speaking on behalf of Timorese president, José Ramos-Horta, Khare said he had also invited the president of the European Commission to visit East Timor, as was the case with Portuguese prime minister José Sócrates.

“Durão Barroso told me that he was thinking of visiting East Timor and, in fact I made use of the occasion to invite him to do exactly that, not only in my name, but also on behalf of the president of East Timor,” he said, adding that the trip would be mad “as soon as possible.” (macauhub)