On 27/03/2010 East Timor Foreign Minister Dr. Zacarias Albano da Costa sent an SMS to the Office of the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao threatenting to resign from his post as Foreign Minister.
According to PM Xanana today in the Council Minister to Mr da Costa boycotted the PM's decision to to call all Timorese Ambassadors back to Dili for the recent Timor-Leste Development Partners meeting and the Dili International Dialague
To day East Timor PM Xanana Gusmao slammed foreign Minister after Dr. Zacarias unable to submit his resignation letter as he promised in his Short Message to PM office.
PM Xanana said Foreign Minister Zacarias doesn't have national mission.
Dr. Zacarias threatened to resign by SMS but until today he didn't do anything. He has only looked for scapegoat to blame for his self inflicted misfortune - including the Minister of Finance and the Sec State Council of Ministers.
During the one hour open session of the Council of Ministers to which media were invited to have full acceass Mr. Zacarias said East Timor image during the last two weeks is very bad cause by the media coverage over his SMS resignation. But when face to face with East Timor PM Zacarias doesn't want to loose his job as foreign minister.
Civil society and public figures alleged Mr. Zacarias lied to the public.
"I think East Timor Foreign Minister is a laier because he is not committed to his words," said Hermenegildo Lopes allias Kupa. He still urged TL PM to sack Mr. Zacarias from his post because as a Foreign Minister Mr. Zacarias has lost his dignity, integrity and confidence not only from Timorese people but also from the international communitty. "How come he is representing the interest TL to the out side world while he has no honesty". Kupa said its very important for Mr Zacarias to offer an apology to the public and the media in this country. According to Mr. Kupa the MNEC action catiogorised as a criminal offense. Mr. Zacarias blaming the Timor Leste and he has asked TL Deputy PM Mario Carrascalao to investigate the leaked SMS.
After an open battle on the Council Minister Table Dr. Zacarias still remains as TL Foreign Minister. Mr. Zacarias has asked for apologies to East Timor PM before that in front of the cameras PM Xanana point his left hand to Dr. Zacarias and said, "You wrong?" Mr. Zacarias give a signal of yes. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao also read out Dr. Zacarias' SMS which threaten to sack tte Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry Vicky Tchong if she really sent the PM message to Timorese diplomatic representatives.