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Malaysia to withdraw troops from East Timor 30/08/2006

Malaysia will withdraw its 400 troops from East Timor this week, ahead of the planned deployment of a United Nations force.

The Malaysian soldiers were part of a 3,200-strong peacekeeping force led by Australia, which was deployed after violence erupted in May.

At least 21 people were killed during the clashes in the capital, Dili.

Malaysia's withdrawal comes after the UN Security Council approved a resolution for a new mission to East Timor which will assist with elections due early next year.

It will provide up to 1,600 police personnel.

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