25 March 2010

Transfer of security responsibility by the UN Police to the PNTL is postponed

Timor Post, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun - The State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, has said that the United Nations Police had planned to hand over security responsibility to the Timorese National Police (PNTL) in Baucau and Ainaro districts this week, but it was postponed.

“We were discussing the plan for handing over the security responsibility to the National Police, but the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Deputy Takahisa Kawakami passed away suddenly and that is why we postponed it, but the plan will still be realised after some change within UNMIT,” Guterres said.

Guterres said that the process of handing over security responsibility should go on well with a proper balance of the UN Police and the State Secretary for Security.

He added that the problem of handing over responsibility process should be resolved this month.

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