International support starts arriving Timor-Leste, 25 May
Following a request made by the Timor-Leste's Government to the
Governments of Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Portugal,
the international support started to arrive to Timor-Leste, this
Thursday, May 25.
Two flights coming from Darwin with a total of one hundred duly
equipped military have landed in Dili, 4pm. This advance group
is the first to arrive from the Australian military support promised
by Canberra Government. With them is arriving, General Ken Gillespie
to discuss with the Timor-Leste's authorities the terms of reference
of the mission.
A group of 50 anti-riot Malaysian policemen should be landing
today in Dili by 8pm.
The governments of New Zealand and Portugal have also informed
that their advance groups of military and policeman should land
in Dili in the next few days. Following statements provided by
the Government of Timor-Leste, the first Neo-Zealander mission
will be comprised of a group of four men whereas the Portuguese
GNR will include 40 agents. Portugal has already accepted the
conditions and terms of reference proposed by Timor-Leste.
Some of the details of the Malaysian police mission were defined
yesterday during a phone call between the Prime Minister, Mari
Alkatiri, and the Malaysian Acting Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak.
In a statement on the arrival of this first group of military
and policemen, the Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, said: I praise
the prompt reply from the governments of Australia, Malaysia,
New Zealand and Portugal. Their support will contribute to restore
the confidence of the people and to put at ease the generalised
panic, enabling the return of the country to its normal life,
as soon as possible."
Kofi Annan calls the Prime Minister
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, called
the prime minister this Thursday around 10h00. Annan wished to
know from the head of government the desired framework of the
next UN mission that will follow UNOTIL, after the end of its
term planned on 19 of June. The prime minister briefed the head
of the UN on the latest developments of the situation in Timor-Leste.
Kofi Annan informed the prime minister that Ian Martin should
arrive in Timor-Leste within the next few days to assess the situation
in the country.
In the capital of Timor-Leste several violent incidents were
reported this Thursday. Gunfire between FALINTIL-Defense Force
of Timor-Leste, national police and gangs have contributed to
the increased insecurity.