Timor president mulls UN rights job
Jose Ramos-Horta says he is torn between job offer and duty to his country.
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2008 08:30 GMT
Ramos-Horta was wounded in an assassination attempt earlier this year [Reuters]

East Timor's President, Jose Ramos-Horta, has said he is considering stepping down from his post and taking up a senior position with the United Nations.

He has been offered the post of UN high commissioner for human rights, but told reporters on Thursday he was torn between the job and his duty to his country.

"I can't say anything yet. I'm waiting 24 hours to say whether I'm a candidate or not because of my concern and responsibility to this country," he said.

"I'm taking all consequences into consideration."

He is set to announce a decision on Friday.

Ramos-Horta narrowly escaped death in February when he was shot by rebels who stormed the presidential compound.

Louise Arbour, the incumbent UN human rights commissioner, is due to step down at the end of the month.

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