Lisbon, Portugal, 30 Aug – Portugal plans to provide East Timor with 60 million euros for the 2007-2010 period, according to a statement from the Portuguese embassy in Dili sent Wednesday to Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The funding is part of the Indicative Cooperation Program (PIC), a document to be signed in Dili during the official five-day visit of the Portuguese secretary of state for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, João Gomes Cravinho, beginning in East Timor Thursday.
The previous PIC, which was applied in the 2004-2006 period, provided a total of 50 million euros.
During his stay in East Timor, Cravinho is due to meet with the President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta, parliamentary president, Fernando La Sama de Araújo, prime minister, Xanana Gusmão, and the special representative of the UN secretary-general, Atul Khare, as well as visiting Portuguese cooperation projects in Dili, Ermera and Ataúro island.
As well as the strong Portuguese presence in bilateral cooperation, Portugal also has a military contingent of the Republic national Guard (GNR) and the Police, which are in East Timor as part of a UN mission. (macauhub)