Ramos-Horta appointed UN envoy to Guinea-Bissau


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Timorese President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta as the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau.

Mr. Ramos-Horta succeeds Joseph Mutaboba of Rwanda as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Mr. Mutaboba completes his assignment at the end of this month.

Mr. Ramos-Horta brings with him more than three decades of a diplomatic and political career in the service of peace and stability in Timor-Leste and beyond. Working closely with the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), he helped to bring about the peaceful elections of the country’s Parliament and President in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

As the President of Timor-Leste, most recently from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Ramos-Horta contributed to “heal the wounds and stabilize the situation in the country following the crisis in 2006,” the statement noted. He has also served as his country’s Foreign Minister and as Prime Minister.

UNIOGBIS was established by the Security Council in 2009 and tasked with promoting stability in the West African nation, which has been beset by coups and political instability since it became independent in the early 1970s.

Most recently, rogue soldiers seized power in a military take-over on 12 April 2012 – just days ahead of the presidential run-off election – prompting calls from the international community for the return to civilian rule and the restoration of constitutional order. Recent incidents include an attack on a military base in October, which reportedly resulted in numerous deaths.

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17 thoughts on “Ramos-Horta appointed UN envoy to Guinea-Bissau

  1. Miguel Moreno

    Senhor Presidente,

    Os meus parabéns pela indicação para Representative do SG. Eu estive em Timor-Leste uns anos, e com grande pena tive de voltar para Portugal e assisti a tudo o que fez por Timor. Espero que consiga ajudar de forma semelhante a população da Guiné.

    Com desejos de um bom ano e de sucesos

    Miguel Moreno

  2. Brigadier Bill Sowry

    Dear Mr President congratulations on your appointment as SRSG to Guinea Bissau. No doubt a great honour and a great challenge too. Good luck and best wishes

  3. Valter

    Estou certo que realizara o melhor de ti nesta nova missão, lembrando com carinho todo trabalho de Sergio Vieira de Melo, no Timor L.. e em outros Estados em crises, gostaria também que se empenha-se para que o povo Palestino
    possa ter eu Estado (território), e que las Islas Malvinas se tornem independente, e tenha como grandes parceiros
    a Argentina e Inglaterra. Creio que Frei João Xery esta muito contente por Ti.
    Grande abraço
    Valter Ferreira Martins (Clamor por Timor)
    P.S. “Este País Quer Ser Livre” – e mesmo queimado foi.
    Thnk you GOD

  4. Sanu Tamrakar

    Congratulation to HE Dr. Ramos Horta on his prestigieous appoint as SRSG. You are the great leader of Timor Leste, a country you created with great supports of peace loving Timorese and you lead the country to make it a peaceful country with the assistance of UN and international communities. You never think about your own but always played a greater leading roles for the prosperity of the people and country. You deserve for such an important position where you can contribute to build the peace in other part of the world. I enjoyed my stay in Timor while Timor Lested enjoying your leadership and I am fortunate that I had brief meeting with you at Maubisse when we were on vacation!!!

  5. Lieutenant Colonel Usman Aleem

    Respected President Sir ,
    Congratulations on the new appointment under the ambit of UN …….. You are a great leader of Timor Leste, a country where peace prevails due to your sheer hard work , devotion and sincerity with the Timorese . You have brought the dreams of Timorese in a reality ……… where people have love , patriotism and deep care for visitors….. I have an honor to serve Timor Leste as a FPU Contingent Commander during year 2010 / 2011 . I enjoyed my stay in Timor Leste and the hospitality of Timorese a lot . Sir , i am lucky enough that i got the opportunity to receive you at Maliana in Pakistan FPU as a Contingent Commander and conducted your visit and had a detailed interaction with you . I remained lucky enough that you decorated me with the President Solidarity Medal during the ceremony in Presidential Palace Dili . I wish you all the best for your futuristic professional and domestic pursuits ……CHEERS

  6. Mike karanja

    Congratulation Mr President Sir for your new appointment as the UN Envoy to Guinea Bissau. This has made ET proud at the International level and recognition. Wish you the best of luck in all your endeavours in this new year 2013 and God bless you Sir.

  7. manuel.lemos

    You’re Excellence Mr President Ramos Horta!
    Congratulations and Good luck!
    Chody Lemos.


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