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FRETILIN

MEDIA RELEASE

Dili, 1 January 2009

FRETILIN pledges to make 2010-2020 “The Decade of Peace, Stability and
Development”

FRETILIN’s Secretary General Dr. Mari Alkatiri yesterday pledged that
FRETILIN continued to extend an open hand to all who want to work with
it for the liberation of the people of Timor-Leste from poverty and for
lasting peace, stability and development of the people of Timor-Leste.
“Let us all make the decade 2010-2020 the Decade of Peace, Stability
and Development. The new year also will be the new dawn of a decade of
victory over Poverty for our people. Together we can win this struggle
against poverty in our midst and win peace and stability for future
generations,” Dr. Alkatiri declared yesterday morning.

Dr. Alkatiri was speaking at a ceremony yesterday in honor of
Timor-Leste and FRETILIN’s fallen national hero, President Nicolau dos
Reis Lobato. The ceremony was attended by other luminaries including
FRETILIN Party President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo, His Excellency Mr.
Xanana Gusmao himself a former FRETILIN Central Committee member, the
Bishop of Dili Dom Alberto Ricardo and other members of the Catholic
clergy, Brigadier General Lere from the F-FDTL, UDT President Joao
Carrascalao, FRETILIN party faithful and other invited guests. It was
a very moving ceremony for all, preceded by a mass at the nearby Motael
Church and then releasing flowers into Dili bay in honor of Nicolau
Lobato’s hitherto unknown resting place.

“Many, including Xanana Gusmao and the Bishop, spoke of Nicolau Lobato
as a guiding light of selfless dedication, determination, and
unquenchable love for his people, our people. He has brought us
together as he brought others together in the past to struggle for our
people. As we stand at the door of a new decade, we of FRETILIN pledge
to make this next decade of 2010-2020, the Decade of Peace, Stability
and Development, carrying forward the example given by his
life and deeds in the struggle for the liberation of the Maubere people
into the liberation of our people from violence and poverty,” declared
Alkatiri to rousing applause.

His Excellency Xanana Gusmao delivered an emotional speech in which he
was visibly moved, expressing the honor he felt at being invited to
attend and speak at the mass and ceremony for this national hero, who
“led me to join FRETILIN and from whom I learnt a lot,” he said.
“FRETILIN is the party I respect most of all,” he added.

Joao Carrascalao, the President of a once opposing political force in
1975, was equally moved and moving in his praise for Nicolau Lobato.
“FRETILIN is lucky to have had a leader like Nicolau. Timor-Leste is
lucky to have the example of someone like Nicolau who gave his life for
his people,” he said being moved to tears.

Bishop Dom Ricardo was first a colleague of Nicolau Lobato when he was a
young seminarian, and became a friend. He recounted the trying moments
after the Indonesian invasion where he saw the selflessness,
determination and courage of the young leader. “He was a dedicated
Catholic who carried with him a gun to fight but also a rosary which he
prayed everyday,” he told the mass. “He was simply a man for whom
there were basic truths and when he believed in them, it was right or
wrong and nothing else,” he said.

FRETILIN’s President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo paid homage to the
national hero whose life is an example to all Timorese leaders today
and will be in the future. “In the example of his life we can see that
we are all from the same roots as Nicolau, and that is why we are all
here today,” he said.

Nicolau dos Reis Lobato was killed in combat 31 years ago yesterday, on
31 December 1978. His body was flown to Dili in a helicopter, “taking
him up to the heavens closer to the God of his belief to be blessed”
said Bishop Ricardo during the mass service, before being paraded
before the international media as a signal of the end of the Timorese
resistance to Indonesian rule.

“His death and the knowledge of it though initially a demoralizing blow
to the resistance, ultimately and instead it spurred all of us in the
Timorese struggle for self-determination. Those like myself, Dr. Mari,
His Excellency Mr. Xanana Gusmao, the FALINTIL, to fight because of his
example in giving his life. ‘The last bullet will be my victory’ he
often told his fellow FRETILIN comrades. And so it was. His victory
though coming many years later, came nonetheless, vindicating his
conviction and determination for the rights of the Maubere people and
our ultimate Victory,” Lu Olo declared proudly.

The whereabouts of the remains of President Nicolau Lobato are to this
day unknown but are believed to be those of a headless cadaver
recovered in an unmarked grave in December 2003 by workers digging in
the yard of the residence of the then Prime Minister’s residence in
Farol, which at the time of Nicolau Lobato’s death was the residence of
Colonel Dading Kalbuadi, the Indonesian Military Commander in
Timor-Leste.

Since 2004 samples of the remains together with DNA samples from his
only two immediate surviving relatives, brother Rogerio Lobato and son
Jose Lobato have been held Darwin at the Northern Territory forensics
agency awaiting some conclusive report, to no avail. Recently The Age
(28 December 2009) reported that NT authorities would be renewing
efforts to conclude the requested DNA testing, utilizing “new
technology”.

For further information please contact Jose Teixeira on +670 728 7080

FRETILIN

MEDIA RELEASE

Dili, 1 January 2009

FRETILIN pledges to make 2010-2020 The Decade of Peace, Stability and
Development

FRETILINs Secretary General Dr. Mari Alkatiri yesterday pledged that
FRETILIN continued to extend an open hand to all who want to work with
it for the liberation of the people of Timor-Leste from poverty and for
lasting peace, stability and development of the people of
Timor-Leste.”Let us all make the decade 2010-2020 the Decade of Peace,
Stability and Development. The new year also will be the new dawn of a
decade of victory over Poverty for our people. Together we can win this
struggle against poverty in our midst and win peace and stability for
future generations,” Dr. Alkatiri declared yesterday morning.

Dr. Alkatiri was speaking at a ceremony yesterday in honor of
Timor-Leste and FRETILINs fallen national hero, President Nicolau dos
Reis Lobato. The ceremony was attended by other luminaries including
FRETILIN Party President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo, His Excellency Mr.
Xanana Gusmao himself a former FRETILIN Central Committee member, the
Bishop of Dili Dom Alberto Ricardo and other members of the Catholic
clergy, Brigadier General Lere from the F-FDTL, UDT President Joao
Carrascalao, FRETILIN party faithful and other invited guests. It was a
very moving ceremony for all, preceded by a mass at the nearby Motael
Church and then releasing flowers into Dili bay in honor of Nicolau
Lobatos hitherto unknown resting place.

Many, including Xanana Gusmao and the Bishop, spoke of Nicolau Lobato as
a guiding light of selfless dedication, determination, and unquenchable
love for his people, our people. He has brought us together as he
brought others together in the past to struggle for our people.As we
stand at the door of a new decade, we of FRETILIN pledge to make this
next decade of 2010-2020, the Decade of Peace, Stability and
Development, carrying forward the example given by Nicolau Lobatos life
and deeds in the struggle for the liberation of the Maubere people into
the liberation of our people from violence and poverty, declared
Alkatiri to rousing applause.

His Excellency Xanana Gusmao delivered an emotional speech in which he
was visibly moved, expressing the honor he felt at being invited to
attend and speak at the mass and ceremony for this national hero, who
led me to join FRETILIN and from whom I learnt a lot, he said. FRETILIN
is the party I respect most of all, he added.

Joao Carrascalao, the President of a once opposing political force in
1975, was equally moved and moving in his praise for Nicolau Lobato.
FRETILIN is lucky to have had a leader like Nicolau.Timor-Leste is lucky
to have the example of someone like Nicolau who gave his life for his
people, he said being moved to tears.

Bishop Dom Ricardo was first a colleague of Nicolau Lobato when he was a
young seminarian, and became a friend. He recounted the trying moments
after the Indonesian invasion where he saw the selflessness,
determination and courage of the young leader. He was a dedicated
Catholic who carried with him a gun to fight but also a rosary which he
prayed everyday, he told the mass. He was simply a man for whom there
were basic truths and when he believed in them, it was right or wrong
and nothing else, he said.

FRETILINs President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo paid homage to the
national hero whose life is an example to all Timorese leaders today and
will be in the future. In the example of his life we can see that we are
all from the same roots as Nicolau, and that is why we are all here
today, he said.

Nicolau dos Reis Lobato was killed in combat 31 years ago yesterday, on
31 December 1978.His body was flown to Dili in a helicopter, taking him
up to the heavens closer to the God of his belief to be blessed said
Bishop Ricardo during the mass service, before being paraded before the
international media as a signal of the end of the Timorese resistance to
Indonesian rule.

His death and the knowledge of it though initially a demoralizing blow
to the resistance, ultimately and instead it spurred all of us in the
Timorese struggle for self-determination. Those like myself, Dr. Mari,
His Excellency Mr. Xanana Gusmao, the FALINTIL, to fight because of his
example in giving his life. The last bullet will be my victory he often
told his fellow FRETILIN comrades. And so it was. His victory though
coming many years later, came nonetheless, vindicating his conviction
and determination for the rights of the Maubere people and our ultimate
Victory, Lu Olo declared proudly.

The whereabouts of the remains of President Nicolau Lobato are to this
day unknown but are believed to be those of a headless cadaver recovered
in an unmarked grave in December 2003 by workers digging in the yard of
the residence of the then Prime Ministers residence in Farol, which at
the time of Nicolau Lobatos death was the residence of Colonel Dading
Kalbuadi, the Indonesian Military Commander in Timor-Leste.

Since 2004 samples of the remains together with DNA samples from his
only two immediate surviving relatives, brother Rogerio Lobato and son
Jose Lobato have been held Darwin at the Northern Territory forensics
agency awaiting some conclusive report, to no avail. Recently The Age
(28 December 2009) reported that NT authorities would be renewing
efforts to conclude the requested DNA testing, utilizing new technology.

For further information please contact Jose Teixeira on +670 728 7080

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