21 September 2011

HAK concerned about ammunitions imported by UNMIT

East Timor Legal News 21/09/2011 Source: Source: Timornewsline September 08 2011 - The Director of the civil society human rights organisation (HAK) Rogerio Neves said that he was concerned about the ammunitions which were imported by the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).

"UNMIT does not respect Timor-Leste's sovereignty because it did not coordinate with Timorese state bodies," Neves said.

Neves called on the Timorese National Police (PNTL) to hold a thorough investigation into the case because the general election was about to be held and he is certain that some parites will take the opportunity to create instability.

"Our people are concerned about the two containers of ammunitions therefore I am calling on the Minister of Defence and Security to investigate it," the Director HAK said. People want to know the objective and the intention of importing the ammunitions, he said.

Meanwhile, Duarte Nunes from the Parliamentary Committee B for security and defence called on UNMIT to justify why the ammunitions were imported into the country.

"I personally call on UNMIT to justify the objective of importing the ammunitions as its mission is about to end," he said. 

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