In a dramatic move the Prime Minister has refused to allow the Foreign Minister to accompany him on this key trip, the first time that Prime Minister Xanana will address the Security Council has Head of Government.
|Foreign Minister da Costa: Not invited again.|
Since November 2009 Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa has never travelled with the Prime Minister.
According to two sources in the Council of Ministers the door remains closed, and the Foreign Minister has been refused permission to accompany the Prime Minister on a critical trip to New York and the United Nations.
It is widely expected that the Prime Minister will firmly tell the United Nations that the peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste, the fifth in a series of missions lasting 11 years, should be closed down without delay effective as soon as national elections are complete in 2012. These elections are widely expected to be aggressively competitive between Xanana's growing CNRT party and the historical liberation party FRETILIN.