The first day was closed to the media.
Tempo Semanal has been asked to attend the 22 August meeting.
According to Tempo Semanal sources in Maubisse Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, President Jose Ramo-Horta, Secretary-General of FRETILIN Mari Alkatiri, Vice Prime Minister Mario Carrascalao, Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres, Major General Taur Matan Ruak, and President of FRETILIN Lu Olo are in attendance. The First President of Timor-Leste Fransisco Xavier Amaral while invited is not in attendance due to poor health, and is now in Singapore seeking medical attention.
The gathering of the historical leaders of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was initiated by the Government with support from the Catholic Church and and the Diocese of Baucau's Justice and Peace Commission.
Tempo Semanal's source said that the leaders' gathering is to seek "mutual understanding of each others positions, opinions and expectations for future generations. They are sitting together for the cause of future generations. They are putting aside political party interests, and just seeking to discuss national interests."
"The historical leaders from 1975 until the 1980s are in Maubisse to discuss the issue of possible new leaders from the next generations to carry out the process of national development and state building into the future", said Tempo Semanal sources.
The leaders are engaging in a wide ranging discussion under the moderation of the Bishop of Baucau in concordance with other dioceses' in Timor-Leste. Another source told Tempo Semanal that the "leaders are not in Maubisse as state leaders or as party leaders but as founders of the nation and as leading national figures with a view to moving to the future."
The source told Tempo Semanal that "this is simply the first phase, and second phase will include the second generation leaders." END