UNMIT newsletter

UNMIT in transition, your source of information about the UN peacekeeping mission's decisions, positions and work during the transitional period.

UNMIT is implementing an innovative capacity building programme that we believe will help to ensure that the Mission’s Timorese staff members are able to find employment, take advantage of business opportunities and continue to contribute to their country’s development after the Mission’s proposed closure in December 2012.

The expected end of the peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste is a cause for celebration. UNMIT can make a planned withdrawal because of Timor-Leste´s progress in establishing political systems and institutions. Timor-Leste´s electoral management bodies are planning and implementing the 2012 elections, with much less UN support than in previous elections. Government ministries and the justice system are growing in strength.

I was deeply honoured by the Secretary-General’s request that I serve as Acting Special Representative for Timor-Leste and Head of UNMIT through the planned closure of the peacekeeping mission at the end of 2012.

The planned withdrawal at the end of 2012 of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste is raising plenty of interest, not least in regards to what happens to the cars, technical equipment and other UN assets after UNMIT leaves.

The United Nations has rules and regulations and financial procedures that need to be followed, but it is the Mission’s intention to support Timor-Leste with as many of the facilities and equipment as possible.