Subject: LUSA: Legislature Approves Budget for First Arms' Purchases

East Timor: Legislature Approves Budget for First Arms' Purchases 4 Mai-14:02

East Timor's transitional legislature Friday approved the first purchase of arms for the territory's fledgling defense and police forces.

In an unanimous vote, the National Council approved a dlrs 2.34 million arms budget to buy 1,200 M-16 automatic rifles and other small caliber weapons for the defense force, pistols for the police and equipment for a yet to be created riot police unit.

While the arms supplier was not disclosed, the bill stipulates that the purchases be effected by June 30.

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