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President of East Timor to visit West Belfast

15 October, 2003

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP and party colleague Cllr. Alex Maskey will tomorrow welcome the President of East Timor Xanana Gusmao to West Belfast.

Speaking today Mr Adams said:

" Sinn Féin has had a relationship with the people of East Timor for many years during their struggle for independence and since, and in particular with the President's own political party.

" We are proud to have President Gusmao of East Timor visiting Ireland, and West Belfast in particular. As the MP for West Belfast I am honoured to welcome him to this area on behalf of the people." ENDS

Editors Note: Cllr. Maskey will meet with President Gusmao in the Springfield Millenium Community Outreach Centre at 2.15pm.

Mr Adams will meet President Gusmao at the Clonard Garden of Remembrance in Bombay Street at 3.30pm

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