The Archives & Museum of East-Timorese Resistance opened in Dili on 7th December 2005, thirty years after the invasion of East-Timor by the Indonesian Armed Forces.
Representatives of all the sovereignty bodies of East-Timor, members of the Government, deputies, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, former guerrilla combatants, veterans of the East-Timorese Resistance and many young Timorese attended this inauguration.
Professor José Mattoso, the Head of the Mário Soares Foundation Archives, Mr. Alfredo Caldeira, the Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri and the President, Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão delivered the inaugural speeches. A commemorative plate was disclosed and the inauguration act was signed upon.
The Prime Minister, in the name of his Government, recognised the relevance and the public interest of the Archives & Museum of East-Timorese Resistance’s project and assumed the responsibility for taking the necessary measures to guarantee its regular operation, independently of the support that would eventually be offered by other entities, both national and international.
Speeches of the President, Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Professor José Mattoso, Mr. Alfredo Caldeira and the Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri.