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East Timor ambassador to speak Friday

The Ohio University Center for International Studies and Southeast Asian Studies Program will host an International Studies Forum featuring East Timor Ambassador to the United States His Excellency Constancio da Conceição Pinto from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in Bentley Hall 124.

Ambassador Pinto will deliver a presentation titled "East Timor: Ten Years after Independence."

Pinto was the first senior diplomat from East Timor posted in Washington, D.C., soon after the United Nations officially transferred authority to the Timorese in 2002. He has dedicated his life and energy to the freedom and self-determination of East Timor.

He has testified before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations Committee on Decolonization and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. Pinto was also a member of the delegation for Intra-Timorese Dialogue facilitated by the United Nations in Austria.

Pinto is co-author of "East Timor's Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance" and contributed a chapter to the book, "Bitter Paradise." His articles on the East Timorese struggle have appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," "Washington Post," "Providence Journal," and "Philadelphia Inquirer."

He holds a master's degree in international relations from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a bachelor's degree in development studies from Brown University.