Jose Ramos-Horta quotes

  • The second one, the joint Truth and Friendship Commission, which we started now with Indonesia, that is the one that has been criticized; its terms of reference call for providing amnesty for those who cooperate in telling the truth. It does not lead to prosecution.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Friendship #Amnesty #Doe

  • We have already significant sums of money in our petroleum fund, a fund created by law that includes all the revenues received from the Timor Sea, and invests in conservative, safe, long-term investment portfolios - right now in US Treasury Bonds.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Sea #Law #Ties

  • In the case of Iraq, notwithstanding the violence there at the moment, the very fact that a hideous regime - responsible for genocide, for the use of chemical and biological weapons, aggression against two neighbors - has been removed in itself is a positive development.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Two #Iraq #Use

  • Free education and health care are essential for the welfare of the population.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Health #Essentials #Population

  • I believe in being compassionate,
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Believe #I Believe #Compassionate

  • More courage is required to forgive than is required to take up arms.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Forgiving #Arms

  • The government can access these funds but only following approval by the parliament to support our budget requirements and investments in infrastructure development, education, public health, and so on.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Government #Appreciate #Support

  • We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Believe #Rights #Boundaries

  • Land mines, torture equipment, cluster bombs, chemical weapons are weapons designed to inflict pain and death on human beings. Most victims are civilians, women and children. How can arms manufacturers, weapons designers, plant managers, politicians, who have families of their own whom they love, be so insensitive when it comes to the suffering of other human beings?
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Pain #Children #Love Is

  • The Commission has five commissioners from each side, plus three alternates, so all together sixteen members, people who are independent from the two governments, who have a lot of integrity, professional competence, and who have credibility in their respective countries.
    -- Jose Ramos-Horta

    #Country #Integrity #Independent

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