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UN Security Council team to visit East Timor late November

East Timor: UN Security Council to send mission

New York, 7 Nov .(AKI) - The United Nations Security Council will send a mission to East Timor later this month to support efforts to bolster peace and democracy in the tiny southeast Asian nation.

The mission, to be lead by South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, will take place from 24 to 30 November.

While in the South-East Asian country, the team hopes to encourage all groups to “continue to work together and engage in political dialogue,” according to a letter from the Council’s president to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

It also hopes that the country ­ which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002 ­ can “consolidate peace, democracy, the rule of law, security sector reform, sustainable social and economic development and national reconciliation.”

The mission will meet with Timorese authorities to discuss how the UN can provide assistance to build on successes made in areas such as security.

Aside from Kumalo, Council members scheduled to visit East Timor are ambassador Liu Zhenmin of China; Luc Joseph Okio of Congo, Muhammad Anshor of Indonesia, Diana Eloeva of Russia; Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia; and Ambassador Jackie Wolcott Sanders of the United States.

On Wednesday, the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP), which includes East Timor and a number of African countries, signed a new partnership deal with the European Union.

The accord is aimed at fighting poverty, fostering democracy and human rights, cultural diversity, economic and social development.

The CPLP and the EU will also take forward dialogue on conflict prevention, resolution and management in Portuguese speaking countries, the EU executive said in a statement.


UN Security Council team to visit East Timor late November

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 6 (AFP) -- The UN Security Council said Tuesday it would send a team on a week-long mission to East Timor later this month, to underscore its commitment to the tiny Pacific nation's sovereignty and long-term stability.

In a letter sent to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and released Tuesday, the council said it had agreed to send a seven-member delegation to be led by South Africa's UN Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo to east Timor from November 24 to 30.

The team is also to include representatives from China, the United States, Russia, Indonesia, Slovakia and Congo.

The 15-member council said its team would be tasked with reaffirming the council's "commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Timor-Leste (East Timor) and the promotion of long-term stability in the country."

The delegation is also to encourage the Timorese government, parliament, political parties and people to continue to engage in political dialogue and consolidate peace, democracy, the rule of law and security sector reform.

East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, was separated from Jakarta following a 1999 independence vote marred by deadly violence inflicted by the Indonesian military and its militia allies.

Indonesia had invaded East Timor, which is formally known as Timor-Leste, in 1975. The two countries now share a land border more than 300 kilometers (190 miles) long.

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