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UPDATED: 20:11, June 08, 2006
Singapore not asked to send troops to Timor-Leste: PM
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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the city state has not been asked to send troops to Timor-Leste, according to Channel NewsAsia report on Thursday.

Lee said in an interview with The Australian, an Australian national daily, that Singapore will consider such request if it is raised by the government of Timor-Leste which has the sovereign power.

He stressed that the situation in Timor-Leste is a problem within the country, which could only be solved by the Timorese themselves instead of by outside forces.

The unstable situation in Timor-Leste has been deteriorating in the past couple of weeks as 600 sacked soldiers, more than one- third of the country's army, protested against "discrimination" in the military.

Several countries including Australia have sent a total of more than 2,000 peacekeeping troops to Timor-Leste at the request of the Timor-Leste government.

Source: Xinhua

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