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UN no longer needed, says premier
Observers warn against total pullout
- Thomas Ora, Dili
- Timor Leste
- October 5, 2012
A short report read out at the 67th UN General Assembly declared national security and political and social stability in Timor Leste to be good, he told reporters in the capital Dili on his return from New York yesterday.
â€śThe people of Timor Leste do not need the United Nations mission any more. Responsibility for maintaining national security has been given to the National Police of Timor Leste [PNTL],â€ť he said.
The PNTL has played a significant role in maintaining law and order this past year, particularly during presidential elections in March and April and parliamentary elections in July, Gusmao said.
He said he was told in New York that Timor Leste now has fewer social or political divisions than many other countries.
However, not everyone sharedÂ the prime minister'sÂ confidence.
Local political analyst Ermelindo das Neves Mendonca welcomed Gusmaoâ€™s remarks, but warned that overseas aid was still vital for the countryâ€™s development.
Timor Leste, which became a sovereign state 10 years ago, â€śstill lacks many resources and needs support from other countries,â€ť he said.
Nelson Belo, director of Fundasaun Mahein, an NGO which advocates defense and security issues, also sounded a note of caution, saying the security situation in the country does not yet warrant a total UN pullout.
â€śWe still need United Nations peacekeepers, but not its political mission,â€ť he said.
UNMIT was established by the United Nations Security Council according to Resolution 1704, adopted on August 25, 2006.
The council mandated UNMIT to support the government and relevant institutions with a view to consolidating stability, enhancing a culture of democratic governance and facilitating political dialogue.
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