UN mission in Timor-Leste extended to end of 2012

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The Security Council on Thursday extended the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) until the end of the year.

UNMIT, which has over 2,400 police and military officers as well as civilian personnel, was established in 2006 to help the country restore stability after a crisis caused by a mutiny in the army.

In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council also endorsed a plan for a phased drawdown of the mission following the successful completion of parliamentary and presidential elections this year.

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, which co-sponsored the resolution, commended the development of a transition plan by the government of Timor-Leste and UNMIT.

"We encourage the UN and host states to work together to produce comprehensive detailed plans for safeguarding the future stability of a country supported by the Security Council. We are confident that the UN and the government of Timor-Leste will continue the cooperation enjoyed in the development of the joint transition plan to present a clear proposal for the shape, concept and objectives of the post-UNMIT UN presence."

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