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UN police for East Timor 26/08/2006
08:15:13

The U-N Security Council has authorised a 600 strong international police force to be sent to maintain security in East Timor.

Michael Rowland the police contingent will gradually take over from the 15-hundred strong Australian military force in East Timor that's been providing security in the country since the outbreak of violence in May.

The U-N has also extended its mission in East Timor by at least six months. Australia's U-N Ambassador, Robert Hill, says the decision will help ensure East Timor can re-build.

Mr Hill says "It's absolutely essential."

"So much needs to be done in East Timor, not only in its political development and development of its institutions, but in building an economy."

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