Malaysia proposes UN peacekeeping force in Timor-Leste

Malaysia has proposed the United Nations (UN) Security Council to consider placing a full- fledged UN Peacekeeping Operation (UNPKO) in Timor-Leste to help the country in its nation-building effort, according to a statement available here on Wednesday.

"Given the fragility of the security situation in Timor-Leste and the need to rebuild the confidence of the people there, the UN Security Council should send a peacekeeping force over there," said Malaysia's Alternate Permanent Representative to the UN, Radzi Rahman.

"Such a peacekeeping force is especially necessary in the period leading to the presidential and parliamentary elections in this country," Radzi said Tuesday in his speech at the UN Security Council in New York, whose text of speech was released here on Wednesday.

"Deployment of UNPKO, besides the immediate need of police force under the UN umbrella to sustain law and order, would be essential until the UN is confident that a cohesive national police and defense force have been fully re-established," Radzi noted.

Malaysia welcomed the decision of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in sending his special envoy, Ian Martin, to assess the situation and facilitate political dialogue in Timor-Leste, he added.

Malaysia also supported the suggestion of Timor-Leste that a robust UN police, military and civilian mission is indispensable in assisting the people of Timor-Leste to consolidate their hard- won peace and freedom, said Radzi, adding that his country currently deployed 333 military personnel and a complement of police force in Timor-Leste, operating closely with the defense and security forces from Australia, New Zealand and Portugal.

"We (Malaysia) stand ready to provide additional police contingents once the UN makes a decision in this direction," Radzi said.

Source: Xinhua

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