President of Republic, Dr. José Ramos-Horta on Monday and Tuesday of this week, conducted a 2 day working visit to Ermera district to conduct a dialogue with the community in three sub districts, namely Ermera Vila, Hatolia, and Letefoho.

On this occassion, the President appealed to the community to maintain unity and stability in the country to prepare themselves for some big events that have been planed by the goverment in 2012, such as, celebration of the 10th anniversary of the restoration of Independence, Commemoration of the 100 years of the Manufahi’s War against the Portuguese colonisation of Timor, Commemoration of the 500 years of the arrival of the Portuguese colony in Timor-Leste, and the general election in 2012.

“We need to have peace and stability to develop our country. The crisis in 2006 destroyed many things and brought us backward, therefore, we have to avoid crisis, we have to celebrate those important events in 2012 in peace, reconciliation, and unity,” appealed President Horta.

The President also asked the community to use their vote wisely, so that in the 2012 election, the country could have a party that have majority seats in the parliament in order to govern the country. The President also expressed his satisfaction to the fact that the level of violence in Ermera has decreased compared to the year of 2006 and 2007.

The community expressed their concern about the development of infrastructure in their areas such as, roads, electricity, education and water supply.

The dialogue with the theme of “Dalan ba Dame no Unidade Nasional = The Road to Peace and National Unity” is initiated by President Ramos-Horta during his mandate with the objective of strengthening peace and unity in society.

Ermera is a district with 746 km2, which located in about 58 km south west of Dili.  According to the 2010 census, Ermera has about 114,635 habitants which is the second in the country after Dili. This district produces the highest amount of coffee for Timor-Leste.

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