Secretary-General Ban heartened by the ‘order and calm’ of Timor-Leste’s election

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was heartened that today’s presidential election in Timor-Leste had passed calmly, adding initial indications showed high voter turnout as he called on the international community to continue providing assistance to the tiny nation.

Timor-Leste: new UN-backed police station to patrol troubled areas in Dili

A ceremony was held today in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, establishing the United Nations-backed Bairro Pite Police Post to bring a permanent law enforcement presence to the most troubled areas of the city which has seen ongoing gang violence.

Numbers of displaced Timorese continue to swell, says UN mission

Although recent violence in Timor-Leste appears to be abating, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the capital, Dili, continues to rise, prompting the United Nations mission to the South-East Asian country to warn today of possible food shortages.

Timor-Leste: UN mission welcomes code of conduct for presidential election

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today welcomed the signing of a code of conduct for next month’s presidential election, saying it will help with efforts to ensure that the polls are free and fair.

Timor-Leste: UN increases police patrols as former minister sentenced to jail

United Nations police officers in Timor-Leste and local colleagues increased their numbers on the streets of Dili, the capital, today in connection with the conviction of former interior minister Rogerio Lobato for arming civilians in the deadly violence that rocked the small South-East Asian country last year.

UN envoy in Timor-Leste says Timorese fugitive responsible for violence, calls for calm

The United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste has said fugitive Timorese Major Alfredo Reinado and his followers, who are accused of involvement in last year’s deadly violence that rocked the tiny nation, bear ultimate responsibility for the weekend military operation launched against them by the International Security Forces (ISF) because they rejected the Government’s terms of surrender.

Timor-Leste: UN investigates deadly violence near camp for displaced persons

United Nations police today in Timor-Leste are investigating deadly violence that erupted at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the capital’s airport, in which one Timorese was killed and two injured.

UN envoy optimistic on Timor-Leste while warning against early UN withdrawal

A day after briefing the Security Council on the need for continued international support for Timor-Leste, the United Nations envoy to the country today said he was cautiously optimistic about its future ahead of this year’s landmark elections, but he also highlighted the deadly violence in 2006 as a warning against any early withdrawal of UN assistance.

Security critical for this year’s Timor-Leste polls, more police needed: UN envoy

Highlighting the “fragile” security situation in Timor-Leste, the top United Nations envoy to the impoverished nation today reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for more international police during this year’s elections, the first to be held there since it gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.

UN envoy in Timor-Leste welcomes ‘peaceful’ response to ex-Interior Minister’s trial

The United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste today welcomed the peaceful response by the population to the trial of former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato and his co-defendants, who are being tried for allegedly arming civilians during the deadly violence that erupted last year, which led to the deaths of at least 37 people and forced 155,000 others from their homes.