Timor-Leste has capacity to build says UN official

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Haq address Security Council on Timor-Leste situation

Ameerah Haq

The people of Timor-Leste have the capacity to continue to build their country, says the head of the United Nations Department of Field Support.

Ms. Ameerah Haq spoke to UN Radio as the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) approaches the end of its mandate on 31 December.

Ms. Haq was the head of UNMIT since 2009 until she assumed her new duties this year.

She says she saw how people were happy to resume normal lives and are feeling secure in the country that became independent from Indonesia 10 years ago.

"At another level I saw also the capacity of people in the different departments and I would see young people who had returned from training who were in the different government ministries. I saw doctors returning and going out into districts and sub-district levels. So you saw all those signs and it was that, I think that sort of solid foundations that were being built to make sure that the country had that capacity."

(Duration: 29")

The United Nations says that it will remain engaged in Timor-Leste beyond December when its peacekeeping mission withdraws from the country.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'19"

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