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December 16, 2019

Information Minister Dr Pe Myint attends 20th anniversary of referendum celebrations in Timor-Leste

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As a special envoy of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint attended the 20th anniversary of referendum celebrations in Timor-Leste yesterday afternoon.
The event was held at the Tasitolu Peace Park on western coast of the capital Dili.
The Union Minister was accompanied by Myanmar ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste Daw Ei Ei Khin Aye, Director General of Information and Public Relations Department U Ye Naing and Second Secretary of Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia Daw Nyein Ei Phyu.
The ceremony began with the national anthem, followed by the video message of UN Secretary General Mr António Guterres.
Then, President of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Francisco Guterres delivered an opening speech and presented awards to the outstanding persons for the welfare of his country.
The ceremony was concluded with traditional dance, music and fireworks. The Tasitolu Peace Park was established in 2002, and it consists of three permanent, shallow, saline lakes, and wetland surrounds in the protected area of 1,540 hectares. With a five-star hotel built in 2012 and a red natural lake, the park is one of the tourist attractions in the country.
Timor-Leste was a colony of Portugal over 300 years from 1640s to 1975. It declared independence on 28 November 1975, but it was also invaded by Indonesia on 7 December the same year.
Its people fought for independence and held a referendum on 30 August 1999. The United Nations sent a peace mission to the East Timor on 20 September 1999. Finally, the maritime Southeast Asian country could declare its independence, and became the 191st member of the United Nations. The country held a parliamentary election in July 2012, and elected a president.
The East Timorese bravely held a referendum for independence and self-administration with decisive votes for the country.
The referendum has entered 20th anniversary this year and proudly held its celebrations.
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste established diplomatic relations on 26th September 2006. Union Minister Dr Pe Myint attended the ceremony as an envoy of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with high hope to strengthen ties and foster cooperation between the two countries.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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