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Ban: Timor Leste can take charge of security from U.N. force

08-16-2012 15:34 BJT

DILI, Timor Leste, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has said that Timor Leste was ready to take charge of its own security after the U.N. peacekeepers withdraw from the country by the end of this year.

Ban arrived in Dili on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Timor Leste and met with newly elected Timor Leste President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

The U.N. secretary general's visit to Timor Leste is aimed at promoting a global education initiative as part of global effort to reduce poverty.

On Thursday, Ban promoted the program in a preliminary schools in Dili, the capital of the country. Under the program the students would get free access to education.

"Timor Leste does not need the United Nations peacekeeping force at this time. The Timor Leste National Police have strengthened their capacity," said Ban after holding talks with Ruak.

"The Timor Leste National Police have been successful for three times in securing the presidential and legislative polls," said Ban.

Therefore he said that the U.N. force should leave the country this year.

About 1,300 U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed in Timor Leste for a decade. Timor Leste got independence on May 12, 2002 after a U.N.-led referendum.

According to Ban, the U.N. force could stay in Timor Leste, but in a different form of capacity.

During his visit, Ban would also find out what kind of U.N. support to be given to Timor Leste.

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao announced his new cabinet on August 8 after legislative polls on July 7.

 

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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