25th Anniversary of INTERFET and follow on UN Operations

25th Anniversary of Australian Service in Timor-Leste

Ian Lindgren



This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Force East Timor (INTERFET), showcasing Australia's enduring commitment to peacekeeping and peacemaking and recalling the 22 nations that contributed. Last week the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association met with the DVA Commemorative Team, where proposed commemorations were discussed and are planned to commence in the week around Australian Peacekeeper Day on 14 September 2024. We understand that the theme is "25 Years of Australian Service in Timor-Leste" thereby involving all who served in East Timor, now Timor-Leste.

The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association recognises as veterans all who took part from the ADF, AFP, DFAT, AEC, and other contributing government and civil organisations and this is highlighted on our website's homepage. We look forward to working with the AFP and all other organisations again, and their veterans, as well as any civilians that had a part to play.

DVA will make its official announcement shortly.

Commemorative plaques reflecting the occasion will be made available, and grant funding feasibility is being explored. Stay updated by considering membership with the Association to engage with upcoming initiatives.

In the Service of Peace

Ian Lindgren
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association

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Australian troops, members of INTERFET, disarm and arrest members of the Aitarak Militia, Dili East Timor 21 September 2009. Credit David Dare Parker
"OPERATION LAVARACK" 1 Oct 99. INTERFET soldiers of the Second Battalion Royal Australian Regiment land in Balibo as Operation Lavarack continues to work to end the country's instability. Credit ADF Media
General pictorial of Op Annandale a patrol of mountains near Suai. Credit ADF Media
AFP and ADF Credit ADF Media
A redesigned bronze plaque will be made available