segunda-feira, 20 de agosto de 2007
Timor Leste: Security Reform Key To Timor-Leste Stability
Monday, 20 August 2007, 11:30 am
Press Release: United Nations
Security Sector Reform Key To Bringing Stability To Timor-leste, UN Says
The United Nations peacekeeping mission helping Timor-Leste recover from fighting last year that drove 15 per cent of the population from their homes has called for improved relations between the police and army, a strengthened legal framework, increased capacity and enhanced civil oversight as part of overall security sector reform.
"The strengthening of the army and police will be crucial to the development of Timor-Leste as a modernizing State and the United Nations will assist the Government in achieving a security sector that is efficient, effective and accountable," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative Atul Khare said at a meeting this week with leaders of the small South-East Asian country that the UN helped shepherd to independence from Indonesia in 2002.
At the meeting attended by leaders of the national military and police, President José Ramos-Horta and the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão both gave opening addresses welcoming UN assistance in addressing the challenges facing the security sector.
Participants agreed that civil society should have a larger role in the reform process.
Mr. Khare, who heads the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) said he agreed with both the President and Prime Minister about the need to look at the road traveled to avoid pitfalls in the future.
He also pledged UNMIT's continued help for the Timorese people and authorities in bolstering the security sector.
The mission enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions broke out in April and May last year, killing at least 37 people and forcing 155,000 others to flee their homes.
The country has been beset by renewed unrest this month following the appointment of a new Government after elections in June failed to produce a single outright winner. There have been numerous arson and rock throwing in which nearly 400 houses were burned or damaged, at least 4,000 people driven from their homes, a UN convoy attacked and more than a score of UN vehicles damaged.