Germany condemns East Timor attacks

Other News Materials 11 February 2008 22:56 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- In a message to Dili, Germany on Monday "utterly" condemned the attacks on East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, "It fills me with great shock that precisely those who devote themselves to the people of East Timor and their future should be the targets of this inhumane act."

The Foreign Ministry in Berlin said he told Xanana Gusmao that the Dili government could count on German support in establishing democracy.

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."