14 September 2011

UNMIT denies importing bullets into Timor-Leste

SRSG UN  to Timor-Leste, Ameeerah Haq
East Timor Legal News 14/09/2011 Source: Suara Timor Lorosae 13 September 2011 language source: Tetun - The Special Representative of the United Nations' Secretary General to Timor-Leste, Ameeerah Haq, has denied that UNMIT has imported bullets into the country.

Haq said the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)'s mission is to maintain, stability and peace in the country and the recent information saying that UNMIT and ISF imported two containers of bullet is false.

"I will meet with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to discuss whether two containers of bullets were imported through the port at Dili to clarify the situation and request a view of any relevant documentation. I confirm that UNMIT has never ordered and never received bullets imported through Dili Sea port," Haq said.

She added that UNMIT carries out its work based on the UN's rules and the UNPOL and its security forces have their own ammunitions, adding that those equipments of UNMIT will be used based on the regulation stated in the agreement made by the state leaders and the UN.

Haq made the statements yesterday in a discussion organized by Fongtil in Kaikoli. Director of Fongtil Dinora Granadeiro said the recent information about bullet importation made the people afraid and worried about the security situation therefore UNMIT should talk with the Government about how they can resolve this problem soon.

A student from UNITAL, Martinho Mendes, said people are concerned about the security situation in the country; therefore UNMIT and the Government should clarify to the public about the objective of importing the bullet.

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