Former East Timor President to appear at pro-LTTE event

Friday, 15 May 2020

Former East Timor President and Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta is to appear at a pro-LTTE event next week organised by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE).

The TGTE, led by former LTTE peace negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, said in a statement that Jose Ramos-Horta will deliver the Mullivaikal Memorial Lecture Memorial Lecture on May 18th (Monday).

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the lecture will be delivered virtually. TGTE said that the Memorial Lecture is named after the location called Mullivaikal where according to the UN Internal Review Report around 70,000 Tamils were killed during the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.

In 1975, when Portugal had devolved its colonial rule, East Timor was occupied by Indonesia. José Ramos-Horta was one of the leaders of the resistance. He did not take up arms himself, but left the country as foreign minister in the government set up by the liberation movement FRETELIN (Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor). For the next twenty years he traveled all over the world pleading the cause of the East Timorese, above all in the United Nations. Ramos-Horta shared the Peace Prize with his countryman, Bishop Carlos Belo.