11 February 2012

Military Commander calls on defence force and police to use guns properly

Lere Anan Timur
East Timor Legal News 11/02/2012 Source: Radio Timor-Leste 09/02/2012 - The Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Major General Lere Anan Timur, has called on F-FDTL soldiers and the National Police (PNTL) to use guns only when it is necessary.

The commander made the comments after taking part in the ceremony for the joint training by the UN Police, F-FDTL and PNTL yesterday.

Commander Lere said PNTL and F-FDTL were armed with guns but they should use them only in critical and dangerous situations.

He affirmed that the upcoming presidential and legislative elections would be a great test of their capacity as the country’s security forces; therefore both PNTL and F-FDTL should have good coordination.

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