Subject: LUSA: Jakarta plans navy base to fill post-UN security vacuum - report

02-08-2004 12:43:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-6237504 Temas:

East Timor: Jakarta plans navy base to fill post-UN security vacuum - report

Dili, August 2 (Lusa) - Jakarta is planning to build a new naval base to protect its frontiers from a possible influx of illegal immigrants after the United Nations pulls out of East Timor, according to an Indonesian media report.

DetikCom online cited on Saturday a senior Indonesian Navy officer as saying that the new base at Saumlaki on the island of Kepulaunan Tanimba, about 750 km east of Dili, would protect his country from any illegal immigration following the eventual UN pull- out.

A reduced UN security force concludes a six-month mandate in Timor in October, which the world body could extend until May, 2005.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended the extension of a scaled down peacekeeping mission earlier this year to allow Dili`s fledgling security forces time to train and equip themselves to solely provide Timor's defense capacities.

The building of the Saumlaki base would "prevent any type of events that could occur in the region", the Indonesian Navy official told DetikCom.

EL/CJB Lusa

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