30 December 2010
Time has come for international forces to leave Timor-Leste, say Prime Minster Gusmao
13:53, December 22, 2010 Timor Leste's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, who also serves as minister for Defense and Security, said the time had come for international forces who have been maintaining security in the country to leave, Suara Timor Lorosa'e reported on Tuesday.
Gusmao said that based on the research findings of the United Nations, Timor-Leste is now capable of resolving its own problem and as a reference is the 2006's crisis. "We,the Timorese,are now capable of resolving our own problems and therefore the time has come for the international forces to leave the country," PM Gusmao said.
Gusmao made the statement during a meeting with the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) and the Timorese National Police (PNTL) leaders to talk about security in the country.