Saturday, May 27, 2006

(East Timor Problems) UN moves to security phase 3

"27 May, 2006/ Dili--The United Nations has today announced that all UN families and non-essential staff will begin to be relocated to a temporary safe haven in Darwin as the security level was raised to Phase three.

Under phase three, “all eligible dependents of internationally recruited staff members and non-essential internationally recruited staff members are to be relocated to a safe haven outside the country.”

“As head of the mission, I am responsible for the safety of all personnel and therefore after careful deliberations, I think a temporary relocation for non-essential staff is the most judicious choice at this time,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Sukehiro Hasegawa said.

SRSG Hasegawa added that the UN will still maintain more than 100 international staff in Timor-Leste while others will continue to work from Darwin. Stressing that this measure is a temporary one, the SRSG expressed his hope that arrival of Australian and other international security forces will allow a return to a secure environment for the people of Timor-Leste, many of whom are now living in a heightened sense of panic and fear.”

He expressed his appreciation to the Australian Government for providing Australian security personnel to protect the UN compound where several hundred UN personnel are working and staying overnight.

The United Nations remains committed to supporting and assisting the people of Timor-Leste through this difficult time with the hope for a return to stability and security in the immediate future."
Source: UNOTIL Public Information Office

Category: Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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