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FROM THE COUNCIL OF THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION
(Marrakech, 23 March 2002)
The Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, meeting in its 170th session in Marrakech (Morocco), took note with satisfaction of the adoption today by the Constituent Assembly of the first Constitution of East Timor, thus paving the way for the independence of that territory.
On this historic occasion, the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union extends its congratulations to the members of the Constituent Assembly and to the people of East Timor. It renews its commitment to continue to provide support to the Constituent Assembly and future Parliament of a sovereign and independent state, with a view to fostering representative democracy in East Timor.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union looks forward to welcoming, in due course, the new Parliament of East Timor within its fold.