East Timor–United States relations
Timor-Leste maintains an embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as a Permanent Mission in New York City at the United Nations. The United States has a large bilateral development assistance program, $20.6 million in 2007, and also contributes funds as a major member of a number of multilateral agencies such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. The U.S. Peace Corps has operated in Timor-Leste since 2002, but it suspended operations in May 2006 due to unrest and instability.
The U.S. embassy in Timor-Leste is located at Praia de Coquieros, Dili. Henry M. Rector is the Deputy Chief of Mission. Mark Anthony White is the USAID Mission Director. Roberto Quiroz is the Political/Economic/Commercial Affairs Officer. Major Ron Sargent is the U.S. Department of Defense Representative.
Political Process Development
USAID began supporting the development of effective democratic electoral and political processes in Timor-Leste in 1999. Between 2001 and 2008, USAID gave $2,215,997 to International Foundation for Electoral Systems(IFES), $3,619,134 to the International Republican Institute(IRI), and $3,728,490 to the National Democratic Institute(NDI). This money supported IFES in developing electoral framework and process, IRI in developing political parties, and NDI on increasing citizen participation and local governance.
- "Executive Summary" and "Background" in ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL PROCESSES pp 1-6
- ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL PROCESSES PROGRAM IN TIMOR-LESTE (Report). USAID. February 2008. http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PDACL911.pdf.
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