Bilateral Relations between Ukraine and Timor-Leste
As a non-permanent member of UN Security Council in 2000-2001, Ukraine has made significant contributions to the support of movement for the Independence of Timor-Leste, setting the peace and the establishment of the UN presence in the country. Till December 2012, 12 representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine participated in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (IMOONT). The presence of Ukrainian personnel in the IMOONT was a significant positive factor for the development of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
The first Ambassador of Ukraine to Timor-Leste (with residence in Malaysia) was H.E. Mr. Alexander D. Shevchenko, who, since May 17, 2005 till July 18, 2009 represented Ukraine in this country.
On September 1, 2011 H.E. Mr. Ihor V.Humennyi, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Malaysia was appointed as the Ambassador of Ukraine to Timor-Leste with residence in Malaysia. On December 14, 2011 H.E. Mr. Ihor V.Humennyi presented his credentials to the former President of Timor-Leste H.E. Dr. José Ramos-Horta.
During 10 - 12 December 2012, H.E. Mr. Ihor V. Humennyi paid a working visit to Timor - Leste. In course of the visit H.E. Mr. Ihor V.Humennyi held bilateral meetings with newly elected President of Timor-Leste H.E. Mr. Taur Matan Ruak and the members of the new Government of Timor – Leste.
Despite the fact that the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is currently one of the largest recipients of international donor assistance, significant reserves of oil and gas give a reason to forecast the intensive economic development of the young country during the next 10 years. In this regard, the development of the bilateral relations between Ukraine and Timor-Leste in science and technology, energy, military-technical and educational areas have certain perspectives.
In addition, the establishment of the active and mutually beneficial bilateral relations with Timor-Leste is an integral part of the foreign policy of our country in Southeast Asia region.