Security Council expresses concern
- Wednesday 24 May 2006

In its press statement the Security Council said its members received a briefing on May 24, 2006 from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations on the serious incidents in Dili and other parts of Timor-Leste.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern over the deteriorating situation in Timor-Leste and the resulting casualties and appealed to all parties in Timor-Leste to put an end to the violence and to participate in the democratic process, respecting human rights and refraining from any intimidation.

Security Council members took note of the letter addressed to the Secretary-General dated May 24 from the three leaders of Timor-Leste, President Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and Speaker of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres “Lu-Olo”, in which they requested the Governments of Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia to provide assistance by sending defence and security forces.

Council members expressed their full understanding of the request, and appreciated the initial favourable responses made so far by the Governments concerned.

Source: UN News Centre