UN council condemns murder attempt on East Timor leader

Other News Materials 26 February 2008 00:40 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The UN Security Council on Monday condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the attempt on the life of East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta, calling it an attack on the institutions of the island nation.

The council belatedly adopted a resolution to state its position on the situation in East Timor, where a UN peace mission has been assisting the government in Dili to strengthen political and economical development.

Ramos-Horta and his prime minister survived an assassination attempt on February 11 that was led by rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, who was shot to death. Ramos-Horta was severely wounded and flown to Australia for medical services.

The UN said Monday one of Reinado's rebel groups surrendered, but not the rest.

The resolution condemned the attack, calling on Dili to bring the attackers to justice. It urged political leaders to work together for peace and democracy.