Timor-Leste is just four years old. It is the world’s youngest democracy and I am honored and humbled to be its Prime Minister.
While the business of Government must go on, there is one issue that consumes me – and all the caring people of our country, and that is the search for lasting peace and security.
Without peace our nation cannot move forward. Our children will not be able to be educated and grow to have their own families. Disease and poverty will not be beaten. We will not be able to sleep in safety and rebuild our lives.
My heart aches for the senseless loss of young lives. After so long fighting for our independence it is now time to stop the fighting – forever.