EU's Barroso condemns East Timor attacks

Other News Materials 11 February 2008 17:21 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - The European Union's top official condemned on Monday the attacks on East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, "condemned in the strongest terms" the attacks on the two men and "expressed the solidarity" of the commission with East Timor's people, a statement from Barroso's office said.

"We will continue to stand firmly with the democratic institutions and to face together the challenges ahead, helping the Timorese institutions to consolidate democracy and the rule of law and supporting economic and social development," the statement said.

Ramos-Horta was injured during an attack by rebels in the early hours of Monday, while Gusmao escaped injury when his car came under fire.

Ramos-Horta was subsequently flown to Australia, where doctors said they were "hopeful of a very good recovery."