UN mission in Timor-Leste extended for a year

09:54, February 25, 2011      

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The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a draft resolution to extend the mandate of the UN mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) until Feb. 26, 2012.

The 15-member body requested UNMIT to continue to provide interim law enforcement and ensure the maintenance of public security.

The Council also "reaffirmed the importance of ongoing efforts to achieve accountability and justice," and "expresses its support for the work of UNMIT in assisting the government of Timor-Leste in this regard within its mandate."

The Council also underlined the importance of a coordinated approach to the justice sector reform in the country.

In the new resolution, the Council requested UNMIT to continue to support the government of Timor-Leste in its efforts to coordinate donor cooperation in areas of institutional capacity- building.

UNMIT was set up in 2006 to replace several earlier missions in the small Southeast Asian country. Currently, it has some 1,517 uniformed personnel on the ground, including 1,482 police, as well as more than 1,200 civilian staff and volunteers.

Source: Xinhua

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