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Security Council To Send Mission To East Timor

Security Council to send mission to Timor-Leste this month

The Security Council will send a mission to Timor-Leste to build on the success of the tiny nation's recent elections and to support efforts to bolster peace and democracy, it was announced today.

The mission, to be lead by South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, will take place from 24 to 30 November.

While in the South-East Asian country, the team hopes to encourage all groups to "continue to work together and engage in political dialogue," according to a letter made public today from the Council's president to the Secretary-General.

It also hopes that the country - which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002 - can "consolidate peace, democracy, the rule of law, security sector reform, sustainable social and economic development and national reconciliation."

While in Timor-Leste, the mission will meet with authorities to discuss how the UN can provide assistance to build on successes made in areas such as security.

Aside from Mr. Kumalo, Council members scheduled to visit Timor-Leste are Ambassador Liu Zhenmin of China; Luc Joseph Okio of Congo, Muhammad Anshor of Indonesia, Diana Eloeva of Russia; Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia; and Ambassador Jackie Wolcott Sanders of the United States.


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