Timor-Leste and UN discuss new mission to replace UNMIT
Radio Timor-Leste, 27 January 2012
The Timorese Government and the UN delegation held a meeting to discuss a new mission which will replace the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) after it ends its mandate in December this year.
The UN representatives met with Timor-Leste’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Zacarias da Costa, to talk about the type of UN mission which will substitute UNMIT in the country.
Minister da Costa said Timor-Leste needs the UN presence, but it should be a mission which will provide the country with advice and finances.
He affirmed that the current government cannot make any decision about the UN mission, but it would make recommendations to the new government to make a decision.
“We believe that this government cannot make a decision about the configuration of the UN Mission that will begin in 2013.’
“Whether we will continue in partnership with the UN, this government will only make recommendations,” said da Costa.
During the meeting the UN representative proposed to extend the UN Mission in the country. The minister said the UN Mission could be continued, but it will only be about giving advice and financial support.