Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun - Ainaro District Police led by Inspector Constâncion de Carvalho yesterday had officially been handed security responsibility from the United Nations Police.
In his speech marking during the ceremony, the Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro, has said that the National Police should undertake its responsibility as the Government’s institution.
“The process of handing over security responsibility by the UN Police to the National Police will keep going during this year and it is a good step for the country’s security institution manage it self. I also thank the UN Police for their support so far,” Monteiro said.
Meanwhile, the United Integrated Nations Mission In Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Deputy, Finn Rieske-Nielson has said that this process of handing over security responsibility to the PNTL was the fifth one and he hopped that the PNTL officers could undertake their work more optimally to support the country’s development process in the future.
“I acknowledge your hard work and I believe that you will continue cooperate with the communities to strengthen well your relationship for a better future. I also called for the local residents to cooperate with the local police in security maintenance,” Nielson said.
At the same time the Representative of the State Secretary, Guilherminha Ribeiro, the Director of the DNSEP has said that the process of handing over security responsibility to the Ainaro District Police was positive as it had showed that the national police officers were capable to ensure national security as it was guarantee in the law for national security that approved by the Parliament recently.