Timor-Leste: Reporting calm in Dili, UN plans to probe recent violence

6 December 2002

The senior United Nations envoy to Timor-Leste today reported that calm has been restored to the country's capital, Dili, following Wednesday's incidents in which at least two Timorese were killed and another three seriously injured.

The Special Representative of Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, indicated that the UN mission in the country, known as UNMISET, would "thoroughly investigate" the violence in parallel with the Timor-Leste Government, and would conduct autopsies on the two deceased to determine the exact cause of death.

The envoy - who met yesterday with Timor-Leste President Xanana Gusmão and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to assess the security situation and review the necessary corrective measures - commented that the incident appeared to be "part of a planned attack against selected targets throughout Dili."

Mr. Sharma said that UNMISET is committed to discharging its mandate of helping to develop and strengthen the Timor-Leste Police Service.


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