Subject: LUSA: Jakarta and UN peacekeeping force agree to boost border security

24-03-2003 12:15:00. Notícia nº SIR-4831127

East Timor: Jakarta and UN peacekeeping force agree to boost border security

Dili, March 24 (Lusa) - The Jakarta government and United Nations peacekeeping force in East Timor have agreed to bolster security along the border separating the two halves of Timor island to deter armed infiltrations from Indonesian West Timor.

Indonesia's military commander in West Timor, Col. Moeswarno Moesanip, told reporters the accord was reached Friday after several meetings between Indonesian officers and UN peacekeepers.

"There is an agreement between the Indonesian armed forces and the UN peacekeeping force to strengthen security to prevent infiltrations to East Timor from West Timor, and vice-versa", Col. Moeswarno said.

Border patrols will be increased and more frontier posts constucted, he added.

Armed gangs operating in East Timor's border zone are believed to have carried out a deadly ambush southwest of Dili in February and also killed at least seven civilians in other attacks this year, said the Indonesian commander.

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