Timor president turns down UN job
Ramos-Horta says quitting presidency would have been unfair burden on his country.
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2008 06:56 GMT
Ramos-Horta said leaving the presidency would have put an unfair burden on his coountry [GALLO/GETTY]

East Timor's president, Jose Ramos-Horta, has said he will not step down and take up a senior position with the United Nations.

Ramos-Horta had been offered the job of UN high commissioner for human rights.

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

But on Friday Ramos-Horta told reporters he had decided that to accept the job would have placed an unfair burden on his country.

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

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