Subject: U.N. Needed in E. Timor After Independence: Annan

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Received from Joyo Indonesian News

U.N. involvement in E. Timor needed after independence: Annan

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (Kyodo) - The United Nations should be involved in East Timor in activities such as public security and national defense for about two years, even after the U.N.-administered territory declares independence May 20, according to a report submitted Monday to the U.N. Security Council.

The report, submitted under the name of Secretary General Kofi Annan, calls for establishment of a new organization to replace the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) at the same time as the territory's independence.

Since East Timor's political base is fragile and it lacks its own security organization, strong assistance from the international community is necessary on a continuous basis, Annan said in the report.

Specifically, the report emphasized the need for the new organization to be involved in the establishment and training of a police force and military in East Timor.

East Timor has been under U.N. administration for over two years, since the territory voted to split from Indonesia through a U.N.-supervised referendum held on Aug. 30, 1999.

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