Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 22 June 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, will discuss with Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak the possibility of obtaining permanent premises for the National Liberation Combatants’ Council (CCLN).
In a meeting with the president of the CCLN, Vidal de Jesus Riak Leman, who was accompanied by his team, the Head of State was sympathetic to the CCLN’s concern over the lack of a meeting and working space for the veterans, and gave his assurance that he will discuss the matter with the Prime Minister in order to find a solution so that the CCLN can work under the same conditions as any other organisation.
The President of the Republic took the opportunity to call on veterans to establish the transmission of the values of the Resistance as one of its priorities so that the new generations can learn about the heroic struggle of the combatants and become active players in the transmission of these values.
Vidal de Jesus Riak Leman said that CCLN meetings are currently being held in Caicoli where the new Court of Appeal is planned to be built and therefore called on the President of the Republic, together with the Prime Minister, to find a solution.
The CCLN has not been able to perform its work properly due to financial constraints caused by the current political situation. This includes the creation of a Veterans’ Fund, the verification of data provided by veterans and the erection of monuments at the administrative post level. The president of the CCLN hopes to submit the organisation’s budget soon and get it approved by Parliament.
The Head of State said that veterans are for him a priority and therefore asked to have access to the organisation’s work plan.
To fulfil one of the commitments he made for his mandate, the President of the Republic on 21 March 2018 enacted a decree-law on the statute of the CCLN to enable veterans to participate in national development and provide them with better living conditions.
The National Liberation Combatants’ Council held its first congress on 18-20 December 2019 to elect the members of its central bodies. Before that, the setting up committee held local conferences to elect the delegates of each municipality for the national congress.