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- The problem now (after East Timor independence from Indonesia referendum) is that we the East Timorese are without means. We are so dependent, we feel very small and fragile. But I have confidence that this will not last too long. We have hopes that after (United Nations-backed) the transitional period, we can rebuild our country.
- Xanana Gusmão (2019) cited in: "An interview with "Xanana" Gusmao" in Taipei Times, 13 November 1999.