17 April 2010

UNMIT: PNTL resumes primary policing responsibilities in Baucau

UNMIT PRESS RELEASE PNTL resumes primary policing responsibilities in Baucau - 12 April 2010, Baucau – Today the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Timor-Leste (DSRSG) Finn Reske-Nielsen and Guilhermina Ribeiro, Director General of the Secretariat of State for Security, presided over the ceremony marking the resumption of primary responsibilities for the conduct of police operations by Poli­cia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) in the District of Baucau.

Baucau is the sixth district in which the PNTL has resumed primary policing responsibility since the resumption process started in May 2009, when primary policing responsibility was transferred to the PNTL in the district of Lautem. This process continued in the districts of Oecussi in June and Manatuto in July, and with the transfer of responsibility for the administration and management of the Police Training Centre in September, and the Maritime Police Unit and the Police Intelligence Service in December. Also in December 2009 the district of Viqueque became the fourth district in which the PNTL resumed responsibilities. Earlier this week the PNTL resumed responsibilities for Ainaro District, in the central highlands.

"The long term stability of the country depends to a large extent on the development of an effective and professional police service in which the community can have confidence. This is a big responsibility for all police officers, and we are all grateful to you for taking on this responsibility," said DSRSG Reske-Nielsen.

The DSRSG also pledged that the United Nations will increase its focus on the mentoring and support of PNTL officers, as requested by the national authorities and endorsed by the Security Council of the United Nations.

The Government of Timor-Leste and UNMIT are jointly implementing the resumption process in a gradual manner – district by district, unit by unit. PPNTL is assessed in each district by a joint team comprising Government and UNMIT representatives, including UN Police and PNTL. The team applies mutually agreed criteria to assess the readiness of PNTL to resume primary policing responsibilities.

UN Police will maintain their presence in the districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibilities, in order to monitor, advise and support the PNTL, including in the area of human rights protection.


Baucau is Timor-Leste's second largest city, 120 kilometres east of the capital Dili on the country's northern coast. With a district population of 104,571 (census 2004) and an area of 1,494 km2, Baucau is a hub for services in the country's eastern districts.

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UNMIT PRESS RELEASE


PNTL resumes primary policing responsibilities in Baucau

16 April 2010, Baucau – Today the Deputy Speciall Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Timor-Leste (DSRSG) Finn Reske-Nielsen and Guilhermina Ribeiro, Director General of the Secretariat of State for Security, presided over the ceremony marking the resumption of primary responsibilities for the conduct of police operations by Poli­cia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) in the District of Baucau.

Baucau is the sixth district in which the PNTL has resumed primary policing responsibility since the resumption process started in May 2009, when primary policing responsibility was transferred to the PNTL in the district of Lautem. This process continued in the districts of Oecussi in June and Manatuto in July, and with the transfer of responsibility for the administration and management of the Police Training Centre in September, and the Maritime Police Unit and the Police Intelligence Service in December. Also in December 2009 the district of Viqueque became the fourth district in which the PNTL resumed responsibilities. Earlier this week the PNTL resumed responsibilities for Ainaro District, in the central highlands.

"The long term stability of the country depends to a large extent on the development of an effective and professional police service in which the community can have confidence. This is a big responsibility for all police officers, and we are all grateful to you for taking on this responsibility,"said DSRSG Reske-Nielsen.

The DSRSG also pledged that the United Nations will increase its focus on the mentoring and support of PNTL officers, as requested by the national authorities and endorsed by the Security Council of the United Nations.

The Government of Timor-Leste and UNMIT are jointly implementing the resumption process in a gradual manner – district by district, unit by unit. PPNTL is assessed in each district by a joint team comprising Government and UNMIT representatives, including UN Police and PNTL. The team applies mutually agreed criteria to assess the readiness of PNTL to resume primary policing responsibilities.

UN Police will maintain their presence in the districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibilities, in order to monitor, advise and support the PNTL, including in the area of human rights protection.

Baucau is Timor-Leste's second largest city, 120 kilometres east of the capital Dili on the country's northern coast. With a district population of 104,571 (census 2004) and an area of 1,494 km2, Baucau is a hub for services in the country's eastern districts.
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