5 May 2009 - The United Nations intervention in East Timor is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Agreements were signed on May the 5th in New York in 1999 that paved the way for the Popular Consultation on August the 30th of that year.
That day represents the beginning of the independence process and the beginning of the UN's formal presence in the territory.
A statement on behalf of Atul Khare, the Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission says the agreements seized upon the historic opportunity offered by Indonesian President B.J. Habibie and enabled the Timorese people to determine the course of their own destiny.
It says despite many challenges the Timorese and their chosen representatives have never wavered in their commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.
The statement says the international community is committed to a stable and democratic country and UNMIT is a testimony to this determination, to assist East Timor on the long road to stability.