28 February 2009

UNMIT welcomes new UNPOL Commissioner in East Timor

Dili, 26 February 2008 – Mr. Luis Miguel Carrilho assumed his duties as United National Police (UNPOL) Commissioner of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) on 23 February 2009.

Mr. Carrilho worked at the office of the President of the Republic of Portugal as the Head of Security, where he was responsible for overseeing the safety and security of the President and his Office. He also served as the Commander of Close Protection of the Security Police in Lisbon, commanding the provision of security protection for national principals and foreign dignities visiting Portugal. In the late 1990s, he worked as the chief of Cabinet of the Director of the Police College in Portugal.

"UNMIT really welcome Mr. Carrilho. He brings a wealth of experience through his distinguished career in law enforcement in his home country and abroad will be the benefits for UNPOL and PNTL," said Mr. Kawakami, DSRSG of UNMIT.

Mr. Carrilho first joined the United Nations in 1996, working primarily on training the civilian police with the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) until 1998. 2000-2001 he returned to UN Peacekeeping with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). Mr. Carrilho with the UNTAET mission served as the Director of the Timor-Leste Police Training College and as Spokesman of the United Nations Police then as the Special Assistant to the United Nations Police Commissioner.

"We, as a team are working in collaboration with all stakeholders in a proactive manner and also in a constructive engagement with peace loving Timorese people. Government and PNTL are irrevocably committed to fulfill UNMIT's mandate within the context of the sovereignty of Timor- Leste," said Mr. Carrilho, UN Police Commissioner of UNMIT.

For more information, please contact UNMIT Spokesperson: Gyorgy Kakuk on +6707230749 or Ivo Santos on +670 7311782 or UNPOL Spokesperson: Donald Awunah on 7230475 and awunah@un.org
See also in this blog: Timor-Leste: the curious case of the fake policemen

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