Timor-Leste: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered on 23rd June 2009.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Work and Pensions Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to seek to ensure the stability of the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

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Through the UK's membership of the UN Core Group in East Timor, our contributions to the substantial UN and EU assistance programmes and our own more modest bilateral programme of contact and support, we are seeking to reduce Timorese dependence on multilateral interventions and to encourage the development of stronger civil institutions.

Our ambassador to Jakarta and his staff maintain a programme of visits the most recent of which was in March 2009.

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