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03 October 2008

18,123 weapons collected in East Timor

Security Update 10 – 16 September 2008 Source: Joint NGO Security Office and UNMIT - The overall security situation in East Timor has remained quiet and generally calm.

There were 47 recorded incidents across Timor Leste. This is higher than the last reporting period (37) and above the average (approx 30). UN Police (UNPol) made 39 arrests.

The final count of weapons collected during the campaign was 18,123, only one of which was an industrial firearm (revolver type pistol).

On 10 September, an ISF patrol moving through Viqueque encountered an armed F-FDTL unit who claimed to be involved in a counter illegal fishing operation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF).

On 15 September, returning IDPs unloading personal belongings in Nu Laren village in Becora were stoned by local people, which resulted in the PNTL firing three warning shots in order to get control of the situation.

Security Update 17 – 23 September 2008 Source: Joint NGO Security Office and UNMIT

There were 34 recorded incidents across Timor Leste in the reporting period. This is lower than the last reporting period (47) and above the average (approx 30). UN Police (UNPol) made 45 arrests.

Summary 29 June - 31 August 2008

Group Related 14
Martial Arts Group Related 1
Alcohol Related 19
Other 196
Total 230

Image: Australian Army Sgt Marc Hood inspects pistols that were handed in to authorities as part of the recent weapons amnesty in Timor-Leste. Photo by Cpl Bernard Pearson

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