Sunday, May 28, 2006

(East Timor Problems) TL needs international police forces

"28 May, 2006/ Dili—Special Representative of the Secretary-General Sukehiro Hasegawa made a vehement appeal for more international police forces in Timor-Leste. “ The sporadic flair ups of fighting, looting and burning of property that continues requires a robust international police presence to bring the situation fully under control,” he said today.

Hasegawa added that the Australian Troops have already contributed significantly to the restoration of some control in the city. “Their presence is seen, felt and appreciated by the Timorese and the international community,” he said. But, he added that there is a need to maintain law and order apart from combating riots and acts of violence.

The SRSG referred to the letter sent by the Timorese President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament to Secretary-General Kofi Annan requesting rapid deployment of an international police presence as well as troops “to establish measures of security and confidence among the populations so as to restore tranquility throughout the national territory and promote a climate of dialogue among the various sectors of society….”

The main threat to the safety of the citizens of Timor-Leste now comes from hooligans and others taking advantage of the situation committing acts of revenge, vandalism and looting.
“For a complete containment of the present volatile situation and to avoid an escalating humanitarian crisis, security enhancements are needed immediately in the form of international polices forces,” the SRSG stressed.”"

Source: UNOTIL Public Information Office
Category: Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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