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APMP Champion of Peacekeeping - Generous donation by Timor-Leste - 02 Jun 2017

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste has made a major donation of $US 100, 000 to help complete the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial being constructed on Anzac Parade in Canberra. This most generous donation, along with other recent grants and donations, will ensure that the national Australian Peacekeeping Memorial to Australian Peacekeepers is completed by the 70th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping on the 14th September 2017.

This contribution by Timor-Leste was recognised by the presentation of a certificate to the Timor-Leste Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Abel Guterres, by the Chair of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project at the construction site of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade on Thursday 1st June. The certificate acknowledges that the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is an "APMP Champion of Peacekeeping".

General Ford said " This generous donation is greatly appreciated by all Australian peacekeepers and their supporters, and recognises the strong relationship between Australia and Timor-Leste and the major contribution by Australian peacekeepers to the independence of Timor-Leste".

In approving the donation the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Dr Rui Maria de Araújo said "Timor-Leste is honoured to be able to contribute for the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial. This memorial will forever speak to the pivotal role of peacekeepers in protecting the most vulnerable and in supporting countries like ours, transitioning from occupation and conflict to security, stability and peace. This memorial will also stand as testimony of the solidarity and close bonds that exist between our two peoples".

Generous donation by Timor-Leste

The APMP Chair and Vice Chair present the "APMP Champion of Peacekeeping" Certificate to the Timor–Leste Ambassador and Ms Ines de Almeida from the Office of the Prime Minister