17 September 2008

No timeline for Australian troop withdrawal from East Timor

ABC Radio Australia 17/09/2008 - Australia says it will withdraw troops from East Timor when local forces are able to take care of security. Australia's Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says he is still unable to say when Australia will be able to start lowering its military involvement in East Timor.

Mr Fitzgibbon will be in East Timor later this week after first spending around 24 hours in Jakarta meeting with Indonesia's Defence Minister. A recent visit to Australia by East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao provoked further speculation over when Australia may begin to reduce its military involvement. Australia has 1,000 soldiers and Australian Federal Police officers in East Timor. Read the full report...

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