Subject: Lusa: Lisbon trains, supplies uniforms for new defence force recruits

09-03-2005 13:58:00. Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-6815863 Temas:

East Timor: Lisbon trains, supplies uniforms for new defence force recruits

Dili, March 9 (Lusa) - Portugal donated on Wednesday uniforms and other kit for 260 privates in East Timor's Defense Force, who were also trained with part of Lisbon's euros 4 million military cooperation package with Dili.

The equipment was handed over at Portugal's Dili embassy by Ambassador João Ramos Pinto to Lieut. Gen. Taur Matan Ruak, commander of Timor's defense force.

Lisbon and Dili signed their latest military cooperation accord in February.

Portugal, the biggest donor to Timor's defense sector, pledged to fund operation and command of the Dili's armed forces, which have gradually assumed responsibility for national security since the new nation's independence in 2002.



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