UN wraps up Timor-Leste missionListen /
The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) concluded its mandate on Monday, 31 December after six years in the country.
The UN helped guide the Asia-Pacific nation to independence in 2002, while the mission assisted in consolidating stability and building democracy in the wake of major political, humanitarian and security crises.
Ameerah Haq is a former chief of the UN Mission in Timor Leste.
“What I really take from all the people that I knew there who struggled for this was the tremendous national commitment that they had to really make sure that the fighting and the struggle was not for nought and that they wanted to establish themselves in the community of nations; they wanted to establish themselves amongst the region but most importantly, I think they wanted to give their people the benefits of a future for the next generation.”
Ms. Haq says the Timorese people have the capacity to continue to build their country.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.