UN shelters people in E.Timor
- Wednesday 24 May 2006

The UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) is supporting the East Timorese Government’s proposed initiative to convene a meeting with representatives of the dissident groups in order to engage in a dialogue, a UN spokesman said on May 24.

UNOTIL has set up a camp near the UN headquarters for some 1,000 people seeking refuge from the violence. The mission is providing tents and supplies for those people and will be seeking additional tents from UN agencies in case they are needed, he added. The UN has been in contact with the governments of Australia, Portugal, Malaysia and New Zealand that have been approached by Timor-Leste to provide immediate support.

Following violence in April in which five people were killed, the Security Council extended on May 12 the mandate of the United Nations office (UNOTIL) one month past its May 20 expiration to further reinforce stability.

The UN Security Council has requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan provide, by June 6, an update on the situation and on the role of the United Nations following UNOTIL’s departure. The Council also encouraged the Government of Timor-Leste to address, with UNOTIL’s assistance, the causes of the violence in order to prevent a recurrence.

Mr. Annan – responding to a request by the Timorese leaders – has already recommended the establishment of a new UN political presence for one year including an electoral assistance unit, police training advisers, military liaison officers, and civilian advisers in critical areas that require continued assistance. Experts would also be deployed to monitor and report on the human rights situation leading up presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in 2007.

UNOTIL succeeded the UN Mission of Support in Timor-Leste (UNMISET) last May and the new office was planned to run for one year, beginning on May 21, 2006.

Source: UN News Centre