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East Timor expects UN mission within a month 28/08/2006

East Timor's prime minister, Jose Ramos-Horta, says he expects a new United Nations mission to arrive within a month.

The United Nations established the mission, comprising 1,600 police, despite a dispute over whether Australian-led international troops, already in East Timor, should remain independent or be part of a UN force.

Australia has about 1,500 troops and 200 police in the existing force which includes contingents from Malaysia, New Zealand and Portugal.

Calm has largely returned to the country after a wave of violence, arson and looting from April to June after the sacking of 600 soldiers from the west of the country who had complained of discrimination.

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