Alkatiri out of the negotiations of the Timor Sea

Dili, 09 Dec (Lusa) – Mari Alkatiri, former prime minister and secretary general of Fretilin, “is definitely out” of the negotiations of the Timor Sea, announced today in Dili the direction of the party.

The refusal of Mari Alkatiri was announced at a press conference by the President of Fretilin, Francisco Guterres “Lu Olo”.

The decision “of Mari Alkatiri and the Fretilin” comes in the wake of criticisms made a week ago in the National bench of the National Congress for Reconstruction of East Timor (CNRT), said Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres.

The CNRT is chaired by the current head of government, Xanana Gusmão, and belongs to the Alliance for Parliamentary Majority (AMP), in power since August 2007.

“”No more strokes with a two-edged sword,” said Francisco Guterres “Lu Olo”.

“Oil is available to the CNRT and we want to see the outcome of negotiations,” added the president of Fretilin.

The President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, announced Nov. 21 that Mari Alkatiri would “manage and coordinate” negotiations on the development of Greater Sunrise field.

The announcement by the head of state was made after a “cordial” meeting for almost two hours between José Ramos Horta, Mari Alkatiri and Xanana Gusmão.

“The three leaders shared the same views and positions on the Greater Sunrise and using the knowledge of Mari Alkatiri over the Timor Sea,” said a statement from the Presidency of the Republic.

The announcement, however, was poorly received by the side of the CNRT, which considered the choice of Mari Alkatiri for the negotiations of the Timor Sea, “an absurdity.”

“The appointment of Mari Alkatiri for the project of Greater Sunrise is related to economic matters that are not within the competence of the President”, accused the group of CNRT a political statement.

“The appointment on behalf of national interest only promotes the President’s friend, Mari Alkatiri, a place of great strategic financial revenue of the State” (sic), also accused the party of Xanana Gusmão.

To the CNRT, the “absurd” is also appoint “a leader of the opposition which does not recognize this government.”

This was underlined today, again, by Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres himself.

There was no contract in exchange for recognition of the Fretilin government,” explained the leader of the party.

“Alkatiri had accepted the condition to serve the country.”


Lusa/fim Lusa / end

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