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The person who is supposed to be resting issued this statement from the hospital yesterday.  You know … this person.


Conclusion of Peacekeeping Operations in Timor-Leste

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 1, 2013

I want to congratulate the Timorese Government and people and the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) on the successful conclusion of its peacekeeping operations. When UNMIT was first mandated in 2006, Timor-Leste had experienced an intense period of internal disorder and the future of the young country seemed uncertain. Six years later — as a result of the hard work of the Timorese people, the United Nations, and other partners — Timor-Leste has shown the world how fragile states can stabilize and become productive members of the international community. The orderly conclusion of UNMIT can serve as a model for future peacekeeping operations.

I also want to recognize the important contribution to Timorese stability made by the Australia and New Zealand-led International Stabilization Force.

Our partnership with Timor-Leste will continue to strengthen based on shared values of democracy, freedom, and human rights. The United States remains steadfast in its support of Timor-Leste’s efforts to build democratic institutions, consolidate its peace and security gains and increase the economic well-being of its people.

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In case you were under a rock last night and missed Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC, here is the text thanks to HuffPo.  Their link leads to a video also.   The Secretary watched the video from  afar (she was in Timor Leste) and remarked that she had the “as prepared”  copy (below) and was anxious to see how it compared to the “as delivered” version.

We’re here to nominate a President, and I’ve got one in mind.

I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. A man who ran for President to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before the election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression. A man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs were created and saved, there were still millions more waiting, trying to feed their children and keep their hopes alive.

I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.

I want Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States and I proudly nominate him as the standard bearer of the Democratic Party.

In Tampa, we heard a lot of talk about how the President and the Democrats don’t believe in free enterprise and individual initiative, how we want everyone to be dependent on the government, how bad we are for the economy.

The Republican narrative is that all of us who amount to anything are completely self-made. One of our greatest Democratic Chairmen, Bob Strauss, used to say that every politician wants you to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself, but it ain’t so.

We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think “we’re all in this together” is a better philosophy than “you’re on your own.”

Who’s right? Well since 1961, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our economy produced 66 million private sector jobs. What’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million!

It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.

Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate President Obama and the Democrats. After all, President Eisenhower sent federal troops to my home state to integrate Little Rock Central High and built the interstate highway system. And as governor, I worked with President Reagan on welfare reform and with President George H.W. Bush on national education goals. I am grateful to President George W. Bush for PEPFAR, which is saving the lives of millions of people in poor countries and to both Presidents Bush for the work we’ve done together after the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake.

Through my foundation, in America and around the world, I work with Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are focused on solving problems and seizing opportunities, not fighting each other.

When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody’s right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. All of us are destined to live our lives between those two extremes. Unfortunately, the faction that now dominates the Republican Party doesn’t see it that way. They think government is the enemy, and compromise is weakness.

One of the main reasons America should re-elect President Obama is that he is still committed to cooperation. He appointed Republican Secretaries of Defense, the Army and Transportation. He appointed a Vice President who ran against him in 2008, and trusted him to oversee the successful end of the war in Iraq and the implementation of the recovery act. And Joe Biden did a great job with both. He appointed Cabinet members who supported Hillary in the primaries. Heck, he even appointed Hillary! I’m so proud of her and grateful to our entire national security team for all they’ve done to make us safer and stronger and to build a world with more partners and fewer enemies. I’m also grateful to the young men and women who serve our country in the military and to Michelle Obama and Jill Biden for supporting military families when their loved ones are overseas and for helping our veterans, when they come home bearing the wounds of war, or needing help with education, housing, and jobs.

President Obama’s record on national security is a tribute to his strength, and judgment, and to his preference for inclusion and partnership over partisanship.

He also tried to work with Congressional Republicans on Health Care, debt reduction, and jobs, but that didn’t work out so well. Probably because, as the Senate Republican leader, in a remarkable moment of candor, said two years before the election, their number one priority was not to put America back to work, but to put President Obama out of work.

Senator, I hate to break it to you, but we’re going to keep President Obama on the job!

In Tampa, the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was pretty simple: we left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.

In order to look like an acceptable alternative to President Obama, they couldn’t say much about the ideas they have offered over the last two years. You see they want to go back to the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place: to cut taxes for high income Americans even more than President Bush did; to get rid of those pesky financial regulations designed to prevent another crash and prohibit future bailouts; to increase defense spending two trillion dollars more than the Pentagon has requested without saying what they’ll spend the money on; to make enormous cuts in the rest of the budget, especially programs that help the middle class and poor kids. As another President once said – there they go again.

I like the argument for President Obama’s re-election a lot better. He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.

Are we where we want to be? No. Is the President satisfied? No. Are we better off than we were when he took office, with an economy in free fall, losing 750,000 jobs a month. The answer is YES.

I understand the challenge we face. I know many Americans are still angry and frustrated with the economy. Though employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend and even housing prices are picking up a bit, too many people don’t feel it.

I experienced the same thing in 1994 and early 1995. Our policies were working and the economy was growing but most people didn’t feel it yet. By 1996, the economy was roaring, halfway through the longest peacetime expansion in American history.

President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. No President – not me or any of my predecessors could have repaired all the damage in just four years. But conditions are improving and if you’ll renew the President’s contract you will feel it.

I believe that with all my heart.

President Obama’s approach embodies the values, the ideas, and the direction America must take to build a 21st century version of the American Dream in a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.

So back to the story. In 2010, as the President’s recovery program kicked in, the job losses stopped and things began to turn around.

The Recovery Act saved and created millions of jobs and cut taxes for 95% of the American people. In the last 29 months the economy has produced about 4.5 million private sector jobs. But last year, the Republicans blocked the President’s jobs plan costing the economy more than a million new jobs. So here’s another jobs score: President Obama plus 4.5 million, Congressional Republicans zero.

Over that same period, more than more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created under President Obama – the first time manufacturing jobs have increased since the 1990s.

The auto industry restructuring worked. It saved more than a million jobs, not just at GM, Chrysler and their dealerships, but in auto parts manufacturing all over the country. That’s why even auto-makers that weren’t part of the deal supported it. They needed to save the suppliers too. Like I said, we’re all in this together.

Now there are 250,000 more people working in the auto industry than the day the companies were restructured. Governor Romney opposed the plan to save GM and Chrysler. So here’s another jobs score: Obama two hundred and fifty thousand, Romney, zero.

The agreement the administration made with management, labor and environmental groups to double car mileage over the next few years is another good deal: it will cut your gas bill in half, make us more energy independent, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and add another 500,000 good jobs.

President Obama’s “all of the above” energy plan is helping too – the boom in oil and gas production combined with greater energy efficiency has driven oil imports to a near 20 year low and natural gas production to an all time high. Renewable energy production has also doubled.

We do need more new jobs, lots of them, but there are already more than three million jobs open and unfilled in America today, mostly because the applicants don’t have the required skills. We have to prepare more Americans for the new jobs that are being created in a world fueled by new technology. That’s why investments in our people are more important than ever. The President has supported community colleges and employers in working together to train people for open jobs in their communities. And, after a decade in which exploding college costs have increased the drop-out rate so much that we’ve fallen to 16th in the world in the percentage of our young adults with college degrees, his student loan reform lowers the cost of federal student loans and even more important, gives students the right to repay the loans as a fixed percentage of their incomes for up to 20 years. That means no one will have to drop-out of college for fear they can’t repay their debt, and no one will have to turn down a job, as a teacher, a police officer or a small town doctor because it doesn’t pay enough to make the debt payments. This will change the future for young Americans.

I know we’re better off because President Obama made these decisions.

That brings me to health care.

The Republicans call it Obamacare and say it’s a government takeover of health care that they’ll repeal. Are they right? Let’s look at what’s happened so far. Individuals and businesses have secured more than a billion dollars in refunds from their insurance premiums because the new law requires 80% to 85% of your premiums to be spent on health care, not profits or promotion. Other insurance companies have lowered their rates to meet the requirement. More than 3 million young people between 19 and 25 are insured for the first time because their parents can now carry them on family policies. Millions of seniors are receiving preventive care including breast cancer screenings and tests for heart problems. Soon the insurance companies, not the government, will have millions of new customers many of them middle class people with pre-existing conditions. And for the last two years, health care spending has grown under 4%, for the first time in 50 years.

So are we all better off because President Obama fought for it and passed it? You bet we are.

There were two other attacks on the President in Tampa that deserve an answer. Both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan attacked the President for allegedly robbing Medicare of 716 billion dollars. Here’s what really happened. There were no cuts to benefits. None. What the President did was save money by cutting unwarranted subsidies to providers and insurance companies that weren’t making people any healthier. He used the saving to close the donut hole in the Medicare drug program, and to add eight years to the life of the Medicare Trust Fund. It’s now solvent until 2024. So President Obama and the Democrats didn’t weaken Medicare, they strengthened it.

When Congressman Ryan looked into the TV camera and attacked President Obama’s “biggest coldest power play” in raiding Medicare, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. You see, that 716 billion dollars is exactly the same amount of Medicare savings Congressman Ryan had in his own budget.

At least on this one, Governor Romney’s been consistent. He wants to repeal the savings and give the money back to the insurance companies, re-open the donut hole and force seniors to pay more for drugs, and reduce the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by eight years. So now if he’s elected and does what he promised Medicare will go broke by 2016. If that happens, you won’t have to wait until their voucher program to begins in 2023 to see the end Medicare as we know it.

But it gets worse. They also want to block grant Medicaid and cut it by a third over the coming decade. Of course, that will hurt poor kids, but that’s not all. Almost two-thirds of Medicaid is spent on nursing home care for seniors and on people with disabilities, including kids from middle class families, with special needs like, Downs syndrome or Autism. I don’t know how those families are going to deal with it. We can’t let it happen

Now let’s look at the Republican charge that President Obama wants to weaken the work requirements in the welfare reform bill I signed that moved millions of people from welfare to work.

Here’s what happened. When some Republican governors asked to try new ways to put people on welfare back to work, the Obama Administration said they would only do it if they had a credible plan to increase employment by 20%. You hear that? More work. So the claim that President Obama weakened welfare reform’s work requirement is just not true. But they keep running ads on it. As their campaign pollster said “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.” Now that is true. I couldn’t have said it better myself – I just hope you remember that every time you see the ad.

Let’s talk about the debt. We have to deal with it or it will deal with us. President Obama has offered a plan with 4 trillion dollars in debt reduction over a decade, with two and a half dollars of spending reductions for every one dollar of revenue increases, and tight controls on future spending. It’s the kind of balanced approach proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.

I think the President’s plan is better than the Romney plan, because the Romney plan fails the first test of fiscal responsibility: The numbers don’t add up.

It’s supposed to be a debt reduction plan but it begins with five trillion dollars in tax cuts over a ten-year period. That makes the debt hole bigger before they even start to dig out. They say they’ll make it up by eliminating loopholes in the tax code. When you ask “which loopholes and how much?,” they say “See me after the election on that.”

People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic. If they stay with a 5 trillion dollar tax cut in a debt reduction plan – the – arithmetic tells us that one of three things will happen: 1) they’ll have to eliminate so many deductions like the ones for home mortgages and charitable giving that middle class families will see their tax bill go up two thousand dollars year while people making over 3 million dollars a year get will still get a 250,000 dollar tax cut; or 2) they’ll have to cut so much spending that they’ll obliterate the budget for our national parks, for ensuring clean air, clean water, safe food, safe air travel; or they’ll cut way back on Pell Grants, college loans, early childhood education and other programs that help middle class families and poor children, not to mention cutting investments in roads, bridges, science, technology and medical research; or 3) they’ll do what they’ve been doing for thirty plus years now – cut taxes more than they cut spending, explode the debt, and weaken the economy. Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can’t afford to double-down on trickle-down.

President Obama’s plan cuts the debt, honors our values, and brightens the future for our children, our families and our nation.

My fellow Americans, you have to decide what kind of country you want to live in. If you want a you’re on your own, winner take all society you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities – a “we’re all in it together” society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. If you want every American to vote and you think its wrong to change voting procedures just to reduce the turnout of younger, poorer, minority and disabled voters, you should support Barack Obama. If you think the President was right to open the doors of American opportunity to young immigrants brought here as children who want to go to college or serve in the military, you should vote for Barack Obama. If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama.

I love our country – and I know we’re coming back. For more than 200 years, through every crisis, we’ve always come out stronger than we went in. And we will again as long as we do it together. We champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor – to form a more perfect union.

If that’s what you believe, if that’s what you want, we have to re-elect President Barack Obama.

God Bless You – God Bless America.

Here is the now-viral photo of Mme. Secretary watching the video.  Immediately after the speech was over there was an explosion of encouragement for her to run for POTUS again.  We are leaving that entirely up to this dedicated lady who really does not owe us a single additional thing.  She has served so spectacularly.  But if she wants it, we’re with her.  In it to win it!

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) stands beside East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao during a joint news conference in Dili, September 6, 2012. Clinton arrived in Asia’s newest nation of East Timor on Thursday, hoping to bolster the fledgling government that is trying to bring the impoverished country closer in step with its booming neighbors in Southeast Asia. REUTERS/lirio Da Fonseca (EAST TIMOR – Tags: POLITICS)

Remarks With Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

Government Palace

Dili, Timor-Leste

September 6, 2012

PRIME MINISTER GUSMAO: Ladies and gentlemen, today it has been a great pleasure to meet with United States Secretary of State, the lovely Hillary Clinton. (Inaudible) warmly welcomed me and our Timorese delegation when we visited Washington, D.C. in February lat year. We now have received this opportunity to respond in kind and to warmly extend our hand of friendship as the Secretary of State visits Timor Leste during the year of the 10th anniversary of our sovereignty.

Madam Secretary, you are the first United States Secretary of State to visit Timor Leste. You are recognized globally for your relentless advocacy for peace, freedom, and democracy. (Inaudible) the Asia Pacific and are committed to the peaceful development and the prosperity of the nations in our region. Madam, you are an inspiration to us in Timor Leste, and your visit will be remembered by our people for man years to come. Your visit also symbolizes the contribution that you are making – makes to our region and to the world. As an international leader, the United States has provided a strong framework for global prosperity and progress.

Ladies and gentlemen, the United States Government has been a steadfast supporter of Timor Leste and our development. The United States has supported the strengthening of our framework for good governance, including (inaudible) Anti-Corruption Commission, which is a critical reform of our nation. It has supported the development of our private sector, our agriculture sector, and the development of our coffee industry. And I have to (inaudible) that we have the best coffee in the world. (Laughter.)

And our nation also enjoys close defense ties which help to strengthen the (inaudible) capability of the effort (inaudible) of our armed forces. Ladies and gentlemen, they – our talks have been wide-ranging and reflective. We have discussed the problems of Timor Leste and the implementation of the strategic development plan, besides our (inaudible) future. We have spoken about our own development partnership, including U.S. support of the G-7- Plus. And we have discussed regional and global plans in international relations. As you understand, we are so small that we have begun (inaudible) our best wishes to the (inaudible) the United States is playing. This has (inaudible) expressing our concern about the situation in Syria, commending the efforts of the United States in seeking to achieve a resolution to this conflict.

Madam Secretary, thank you for visiting us in Timor Leste. We are honored by your presence which has made a great contribution to strengthen the strong bond of friendship between our nations. Before we take questions from you, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to invite the Madam Secretary to make some remarks. Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Prime Minister, and I am absolutely honored and delighted to be the first-ever United States Secretary of State to visit Timor Leste, and to help celebrate your 10th anniversary of an independent, democratic state. I told the Prime Minister when we met in February that I was determined to get there before the year was out as a very visible sign of our support for all that has been accomplished by the government and the people of this nation.

My message to the Timorese people is this: The United States was proud to stand with you during your struggle for independence, and we are standing with you as you work to build a strong democracy with robust institutions, the rule of law, and protecting the rights of all of your citizens. Strong democracies, we know from long practice, make more stable neighbors and capable partners, which is one of the reasons why the United States is advancing democracy and human rights as a central pillar of our engagement throughout Asia.

I am so pleased because when the Prime Minister and I met in Washington last February in advance of your elections, he asked for assistance to make sure there were two sets of eyes on every ballot box. The United States supported four observer missions covering all 13 voting districts across the nation. And let me congratulate the leaders and people of Timor Leste for three sets of free and fair elections this year, and a peaceful transfer of power to the new President, government, and parliament. I told the Prime Minister there are many nations much older than this one who cannot credibly say they have conducted elections that are as free, fair, and credible as yours.

The Prime Minister and I also discussed the progress that your country is making to build peace at home, and as a leader of the so-called New Deal initiative for engaging with fragile and conflict-affected states, Timor Leste is helping create a model for country-led development. I also want to commend the Government of Timor Leste for being the first nation in Asia and only the third nation across the world to be fully compliant with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. As you can tell by the fact there are so few countries in the world that have achieved this full compliance, that is indeed a commendable accomplishment, and it proved once again you don’t have to be big to be good.

The Prime Minister and I talked about the many ways that Timor Leste and the United States are working together – from the robust military partnership between Timor Leste and the United States Pacific Command, to our efforts to strengthen the justice sector, improve access to healthcare, develop agriculture and expand trade through projects like the Timor Coffee Cooperative that I just visited earlier today, and I can personally attest the coffee is fabulous. (Laughter.) And I am looking forward to taking some home and sharing with my family.

I was so impressed by the role that the cooperative has in creating economic opportunity and transforming the lives of people in the rural districts, and we’re going to look for additional ways to support economic development projects that work as well as that one. Projects like these reflect the model of partnership that the United States is pursuing across the Asia Pacific. These are partnerships rooted in our shared values, that deliver concrete benefits to people, and that help countries become stronger and more capable over time so they too can play their role in solving regional and global challenges.

One of our countries’ shared priorities is making sure that the young people of Timor Leste have the chance to live up to their own God-given potential. With 60 percent of the population under the age of 25 – and I saw many of those absolutely beautiful schoolchildren on my way from the airport to the meeting today – we want to help support their future. So I’m pleased to announce a new $6.5 million scholarship program for Timorese youth to pursue academic degrees in the United States. We want to help you train a cadre of young professionals who will contribute to your country’s social and economic development and help foster lasting ties between our people.

So thank you again, Prime Minister, for this very warm welcome. I’m so glad I’ve had this opportunity to visit one of the world’s newest democracies, but a country whose people have already shown a resilience and character that is required in a democratic tradition. And so let us work together to build an enduring partnership between our nations. Thank you, sir. Thank you very much.

MODERATOR: We’ll open to questions, two questions, (inaudible).

QUESTION: Thank you. My name is (inaudible) from (inaudible). I have a question about – it’s been (inaudible) a statement from President Obama which (inaudible) already stated that U.S. foreign policy is (inaudible) to the Asia Pacific. What does it mean for the region’s smallest countries like East Timor? Is it still more important in the great (inaudible) between China and the U.S., or will more U.S. (inaudible) be using the (inaudible)? Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, let me emphasize that the emphasis on the Asia Pacific under the Obama Administration is meant to send a clear, unmistakable message that the United States has been, is, and will remain a resident Pacific power. We have a long history in Asia and in the Pacific, and we have many partnerships and friendships and alliances that are very important to the advancement of the opportunity for prosperity and peace that the people of the Asia Pacific all deserve.

We have had a long history, for example, here in Timor Leste in support of your efforts to achieve independence, and we are here now to help your government and people realize the benefits of independence and democracy. We are not here against any other country; we are here on behalf of our partnership and relationship with countries in the region. We happen to believe that Asia and the Pacific are quite big enough for many countries to participate in the activities of the region, and as I told the Prime Minister, we want Timor Leste to have as many friends and partners as possible, not only in this region – Australia, Japan, China, Indonesia – but far beyond. Because we think it’s in everyone’s interest to support Timor Leste’s democracy and economic development.

So as I had said just in these past days at the Pacific Island Forum in the Cook Islands, in Indonesia, in China, and now today in Timor Leste, the United States is here to stay. We want to work on behalf of our relationship, but we also want to work in partnership with ASEAN, with other nations, to further the goals of peace, prosperity, security, opportunity for the people of this region.

MODERATOR: Second question last, Mr. Matt Lee, AP.

QUESTION: Hi. I won’t surprise you. I’ve got a couple things.


QUESTION: But the first two will be brief. I’m wondering – you didn’t mention your comments – oh, I’m sorry – you didn’t mention in your comments, opening comments, about the idea of accountability for the (inaudible) that happened in Timor both during the colonial era and during the Indonesian occupation. I’m wondering if there’s anything specifically that the United States is offering in that regard, and I’d be interested to hear the Prime Minister’s comments on that too.

Secondly, the – wondering if you have any thoughts the day after your trip to China on how far apart you and the Chinese are on several major issues that were covered.

And then third, as I’m sure you’re probably aware —


QUESTION: — back home in the States, it’s a somewhat significant political day.


QUESTION: I realize that you’re somewhat limited in what you can say politically, but personally, we’d be all very interested in your thoughts about missing the first Democratic convention since 1968 and the fact that your husband and daughter are there and he spoke, and I believe that the President is accepting the nomination, if he hasn’t already, just right about now. So we’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about that.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, those are three interesting questions, Matt, as always.

First, with respect to human rights, we take our lead from the Government of Timor Leste. Obviously, the protection of human rights is absolutely essential and a key measure of the health of any democracy, and the United States is proud to work with Timor Leste on human rights issues, including legal support for women and victims of domestic violence. We continue to work with the government to address outstanding concerns, including trafficking in persons, countering any kind of ongoing human rights abuse, and pursuing accountability for the victims of conflict.

But let me stop here and ask the Prime Minister if he wishes to say something, because of course, his goals have been the consolidation of peace and security in his country.

PRIME MINISTER GUSMAO: Thank you, Madam. Yes, it is a very (inaudible) issue when you (inaudible) us. I believe that (inaudible) that after 24 years of suffering, what we need (inaudible) is peace, a reconciliation, (inaudible) in the spirit of tolerance between ourselves, and now that we are going, now that we are (inaudible) the world — because we are new, we are 10 years old, making some progress in our democracy, we don’t have (inaudible). Democracy only can survive if we develop, if we feel that (inaudible) leaps and benefits. That is why is isn’t difficult to talk about this when we need to have good relations with our closest neighbor with which we have more than 70 percent of (inaudible).

We have to go through – we have to see in the future, to move from (inaudible). That is why I thank you very much, Madam, because of this understanding of our reality. The problem is this. Well, one day, I don’t know, in the future, maybe it can be an issue that we can (inaudible). But I have to tell you, we established a commission of truth – truth about own mistakes and our own crimes committed amongst ourselves. And we then gather (inaudible).

We had also established (inaudible) commission through (inaudible) also. What happened to us at the time was (inaudible) – we didn’t know to do it. This is the (inaudible), and I believe that you understand now that we are at peace, now that we have good relations with Indonesia, now that we take advantage of (inaudible) of having thousands of thousands of our students there, trying to get (inaudible) all ages to come back and to develop our economy. I have to tell you, for the future, yes, the United States is now helping us in the justice sector, and helping us to provide to our police and other components of society, to look at the human rights, to look at the justice in terms of benefiting all citizens. Yes, it is – what I can say is —

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think the Prime Minister has eloquently stated the position of the government and the country looking forward, thinking about tomorrow, with a population – 60 percent of them are under 25. That is the imperative. And we take our lead from the government and the people of this country to be as helpful as we can in supporting them in developing the kind of future they deserve. So thank you, Prime Minister.

With respect to China, look, as I said yesterday, one of the things I am most proud of is the resilience that we have built into the U.S.-China relationship over the past nearly four years. Even when we disagree, believe me, we can talk very frankly now. We can explore the toughest issues without imperiling the whole relationship. And as was evident yesterday, there is a huge amount going on in the world where the United States and China need to consult and try to find as much common ground of agreement as possible.

On Iran, on North Korea, we have in-depth discussions on those and others. On Syria and the South China Sea, we are also very much involved in discussing our differing perspectives. And of course, on the need for a continuing economic recovery, I think it was apparent in our discussions yesterday there is a great focus on the part of Chinese leaders about the global economic recovery, what more needs to be done in order for it to really take hold, what are the challenges that Europe faces that can affect the rest of the world, for example.

And as I made clear in my remarks yesterday, the United States, certainly I, am not going to shy away from standing up for our strategic interests, and in expressing clearly where we differ. The mark of a mature relationship, whether it’s between nations or between people, is not whether we agree on everything, because that is highly unlikely between nations and people, but whether we can work through the issues that are difficult. And so I thought it was an important time to go and to have these consultations and to exchange views in advance of APEC, in advance of the East Asia Summit, in advance of the United Nations General Assembly, and to really sort out where we could make progress together. Of course, dialogue is only part of it, although we had many, many hours of dialogue over the last day and a half. The test going forward is whether we can make tangible progress, and we’re going to be very intent upon diplomatic efforts in the lead-up to the multilateral meetings that are scheduled.

Now, with regard to your last question, Matt, officially, let me say that for decades, secretaries of State have not attended political conventions because of the nonpartisan nature of our foreign policy. I think it’s a good rule. It’s one that I certainly accepted. This is the first convention I have missed in many, many years. But on a personal level, let me also say that my husband read parts of his speech to me over the last few days. I received the as-prepared version, which I’m anxious, when I can, to compare with the as-delivered version. (Laughter.)

So it’s a great honor for him to be nominating the President, and I’m delighted to be here in Timor Leste on behalf of the United States in furtherance of our shared values, interests, and security. And I’m grateful that I had this opportunity to visit and to have these discussions today.

Thank you so much.

MODERATOR: We thank you very much.


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Mme. Secretary is wheels down in Timor Leste. Here is a cute picture of children greeting her motorcade.

School children wave flags and cheer as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade passes through a street in Dili September 6, 2012. Clinton, who is in East Timor for talks, is visiting the nation for the first time. REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool (EAST TIMOR – Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION)

A senior State Department official gave a press briefing en route about her goals for this visit, the first by a secretary of state in ten years.  Here is the background provided.

Background Briefing by Senior State Department Official on Timor Leste

Special Briefing

Senior State Department Official
En Route to Dili, Timor-Leste
September 6, 2012

MODERATOR: We are en route from Beijing to Dili. Here to talk a little bit about what the Secretary hopes to accomplish in Timor Leste is [Senior State Department Official], hereafter Senior State Department Official. Go ahead, [Senior State Department Official].

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I’ll just go quickly, you guys – then if you have any particular questions.

So you’ve read some of the background on Timor Leste. This is the first Secretary of State to visit in the 10 years since Timor has become independent. Its birth pangs were very violent 10 years ago as it broke away from Indonesia. And it – the set of circumstances by which Timor became independent was the leadership in Indonesia suggesting that they would be prepared for a referendum to allow this to take place.

When it was clear that Timor preferred independence, there was a spasm of violence. The UN, others, were deeply involved. The Australians and the New Zealanders played a very important role in trying to bring stability in the immediate aftermath. It was one of the largest projects of the United Nations, of ASEAN and others over the course of the last 10 years, and the United States has been deeply involved in the nation-building project there.

The country has just experienced a successful election. It – we’ll have a chance, the Secretary will have a chance, to speak with both the President and the Prime Minister. It, as you know, is a former Portuguese colony, so it has remarkably little infrastructure. It has some substantial disadvantages: very little transportation, very little in the way of infrastructure, and almost no capacity for English. So it’s a country that the very elite speak —

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)


QUESTION: (Inaudible) capacity for what?

MODERATOR: For English.

QUESTION: English – not very much capacity for English. So the very elite speak Portuguese, which is not as common in ASEAN and elsewhere. A very small group of people speak English. And then there are a whole host of ethnic languages overall. So one of the biggest efforts underway in ASEAN is to try to build sort of a younger group of people that have English capacity.

You’ll be struck that, when you arrive there, there’s a lot of new building. Much of that building, again, has been brought either by international organizations or China. One of the few areas where the United States and China have actually worked quite well together in terms of joint projects has been in Timor. I think we have been a strong supporter of Timor ultimately being embedded in an institution like ASEAN. But to date, many ASEAN countries are not supportive of that yet because they’re essentially quite weak and they have a long road to go overall.

When we’re there, we’re going to have a chance to, obviously, congratulate them on their – both their new election and their 10-year anniversary. We’re going to go out to a coffee plantation. One of the areas where the country has really started to come back is in the coffee plantation, coffee growing. They work very closely with Starbucks and a couple other coffee chains. You’ll get a chance to sample some of the – it is a very distinctive, very rich coffee grown into the hills there.

I think Timor is still plagued by substantial violence. And we have a number of programs to support the country as a whole, but it does have a long way to go. And its relationship with Indonesia is still complicated. And others in ASEAN want them to be on a slower path towards joining the organization as a whole.


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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Travel to the Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia


Press Statement

Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

August 28, 2012


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton departs for the Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia on August 30.

In the Cook Islands, Secretary Clinton will attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue on August 31 as part of our intensive engagement and ongoing collaboration with the Pacific Islands. Her visit will emphasize the depth and breadth of American engagement across economic, people to people, strategic, environmental, and security interests. The visit also represents a concerted effort to strengthen regional multilateral institutions, develop bilateral partnerships, and build on alliances – three core elements of U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific. She will lead the highest-level U.S. interagency delegation in the 41-year history of the Forum with senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Interior.

In Jakarta on September 3, Secretary Clinton will discuss with senior Indonesian officials the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and our respective engagements on regional global issues.

In Beijing September 4-5, Secretary Clinton will meet with senior Chinese leaders. Discussions are expected to cover a wide range of issues of importance in the U.S.-China relationship as part of our efforts to build a cooperative partnership, including preparations for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other upcoming multilateral meetings and numerous bilateral, regional, and global issues.

On September 6, Secretary Clinton will be the first Secretary of State to travel to Dili, where she will emphasize U.S. support for the young democracy of Timor-Leste in her meetings with senior officials.

In Brunei, Secretary Clinton will meet with senior officials to emphasize the importance of the increasingly vibrant U.S.-Brunei relationship. She will also highlight the U.S.-Brunei ASEAN English Language initiative and discuss Brunei’s 2013 chairmanship of ASEAN.

The final stop on Secretary Clinton’s trip will be Vladivostok, where she will lead the U.S. delegation to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting September 8-9. The Secretary will discuss trade liberalization, food security, and green growth including initiatives to fight wildlife trafficking, with heads of state and other regional leaders, including business representatives. She will engage on many areas of bilateral cooperation with Russia including with Foreign Minister Lavrov.

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