Prime Minister greets new GNR commander and farewells Captain
Carvalho, 19 November 2006
The new commander of Portugal's elite GNR police contingent to
Timor-Leste will present his commission to the Prime Minister
Dr José Ramos-Horta at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, November
20) at the Palácio do Governo.
There are 142 GNR police now on duty in Timor-Leste including
officers seconded to the Prime Minister's Close Protection Unit.
Captain Jorge Barradas is taking over from Captain Gonçalo
Carvalho, who will return to Portugal for a short break before
redeployment. Both men are from Portugal's National Crowd Control
Captain Carvalho who arrived in Dili on May 28 has completed
his six-month tour of duty.
"I will miss the people of Timor-Leste," Captain Carvalho
said today. "During my short time here I have made many friends.
The ongoing efforts towards peace and reconciliation are a credit
to the nation and to its leaders.
"There are many countries around the world who could learn
a great deal from Timor-Leste about the steps required towards
Dr Ramos-Horta praised Captain Carvalho's leadership.
"The captain came here at a very difficult time," Dr
"His GNR police have been a credit to Portugal and a great
support to our nation. We will miss him but at the same time I
welcome Captain Barradas to Timor-Leste and look forward to his
leadership of the GNR."
The Prime Minister will later this week host a farewell for the
GNR officers who have formed his Close Protection Unit.