LEBANON: MORE WORK NEEDED TO MEET TROOP DEADLINE ON UN FORCE, SAYS ANNAN’S DEPUTY
been “a reasonable start” from United Nations Member States participating
in today’s meeting of potential troop contributors for an expanded and
more robust peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, but that much work
remains to be done to achieve the initial deadline of dispatching an extra
3,500 troops to the region within the next 10 days.
Mr. Malloch Brown said that about a third of the 23 countries whose
representatives spoke during the meeting made “relatively firm
commitments,” while another third “made conditional commitments in which
they felt there was still a relatively major hurdle to cross,” and a final
third “were much more cautious, offering just support in principle.”
approval or some other form of acceptance from their domestic governments,
he said, before they can issue a clear commitment.
The UN convened today’s meeting of potential troop contributors after the
cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah took effect on
Monday following last Friday’s Security Council resolution on the
month-long conflict in the Middle East.
(UNIFIL) to be given more robust rules of engagement and expanded to
include up to 15,000 peacekeepers to support the Lebanese armed forces as
they deploy across the south of the country at the same time as Israel
withdraws from the area.
Mr. Malloch Brown warned that it was vital to install at least 3,500
troops within the next 10 days because “the current cessation of
hostilities is not going to be stable for long. It has to move towards a
full disengagement and ceasefire.”
troops, if they were dispatched, would have to take part in hostile or
offensive activities against Hizbollah members.
“What we said to them was, ‘Look, this is a prudently designed [set of]
rules of engagement, which is non-offensive in character but very much
does call on you to robustly use force if it’s necessary.’ ”
Asked about reports that France, which has been discussed as possibly
leading an expanded UNIFIL, had agreed to send 200 extra troops, Mr.
Malloch Brown said the UN was disappointed.
“We had hoped France would be able to do more. But President Chirac has
been very clear with the Secretary-General that France is keeping its
1,700 troops at sea in the area to give logistics support to the Force, it
is doubling its current level of contribution, and we’re going to stay in
touch on what more is possible.”
The Deputy Secretary-General added that he agreed with a point made by
France that UNIFIL’s legitimacy is actually “enhanced if it’s seen as
having a number of very significant contributors who between them
represent a wider geographic balance than just one lead country.”
convinced we’ve got the elements here of a strong force which is very
multilateral in character but well able to do the task it will be given.”
Earlier, in his address to the meeting, Mr. Malloch Brown stressed the
importance of converting promises into commitments and then turning those
commitments into rapid deployments on the ground.
“Every moment we delay is a moment that the fighting could re-erupt,” he
ISRAEL BEGINS WITHDRAWAL FROM LEBANON AS LEBANESE TROOPS MOVE IN, UN FORCE REPORTS
17 August - The Israeli Army has started its withdrawal from Lebanese
territory and the Lebanese Army has begun deploying troops south of the
Litani River, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which
is helping to support and coordinate the operations, reported today.
Marjayoun, Qulayah and Khiyam, handing over control to UNIFIL, which
established a number of checkpoints and patrolled these areas to verify
the withdrawal of the Israeli Army.
inside the territory vacated by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), while
UNIFIL controls a buffer zone to the south, between the Lebanese Army and
to Tyre, with around 500 already deployed in the general area of Tibnin,
and some 800 in the general area of Marjayoun,” the Force said.
The Israeli Army withdrawal and the deployment of the Lebanese Army are
planned to continue in the coming days in accordance with arrangements
worked out during a meeting which brought together the UNIFIL Force
Commander and representatives of Lebanon and Israel.
– which UNIFIL said is generally holding – the Security Council welcomed
the Lebanese Government's plan to deploy 15,000 troops across the south of
the country as Israel withdraws behind the Blue Line, and also backed the
simultaneous deployment of an expanded and enhanced UNIFIL with up to
hours, Israeli aircraft violated Lebanese airspace.
clear unexploded ordnance – considered a key threat to civilians now on
the move as they return to their homes – from the area.
The Force also distributed food and water to a number of villages and has
been providing medical assistance and water to a number of local villages
in its area of operations. In addition, peacekeepers provided fuel to the
village of Rmeich to power the water supply system there.
SUDAN MAY BE GEARING UP FOR MAJOR OFFENSIVE IN DARFUR, UN PEACEKEEPING OFFICIAL WARNS
17 August - The Sudanese Government seems to be determined to pursue a
major military offensive in strife-torn Darfur, building up its armed
forces in the region as the situation there deteriorates, the Security
Council heard today.
In a closed-door briefing, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping
Operations Hédi Annabi also warned the Council that Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir has reiterated his opposition to a United Nations
peacekeeping force in Darfur and vowed that the Sudanese armed forces
would fight any UN force dispatched to the region.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that Mr. Annabi
urged the Council to consider re-engaging Khartoum directly for a final
discussion on the question of whether it would agree to a UN peacekeeping
operation in Darfur.
the size of France on Sudan’s remote western border with Chad, has
worsened since the last such briefing to the Council in June.
There has been an unprecedented level of attacks against humanitarian
workers, with Mr. Annabi stating that some non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) have indicated they may be forced to withdraw entirely from North
Darfur, one of three states which comprise the region.
not going well either, the Assistant Secretary-General added, noting there
have been violations of its provisions by both signatories and
told reporters following the meeting that a draft resolution had been
introduced on Sudan. “We are looking at the possibility of bringing all
the major players to a meeting here, the League of Arab States, the OIC
(Organization of the Islamic Conference), the African Union and a
representative of the Sudanese Government,” he said, adding that the first
two had already accepted.
Last week Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote to the Council to express
alarm about the situation in Darfur, especially after the wave of attacks
against humanitarian workers – in July there were 36 reported incidents
that led to nine deaths.
harder for those who remain to direct humanitarian assistance to those in
need. As many as 1.6 million people were now inaccessible, Mr. Annan said
in his letter.
shortages could force cuts to the rations now going to 6 million people in
Darfur and warned that this would lead to nutritional degradation.
Mr. Annabi’s bleak assessment to the Council comes as Sima Samar, the UN’s
Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan, voiced concern following a
visit to the region about the lack of justice for victims of violent
Ms. Samar told a press conference in Khartoum that “there is not only a
lack of prevention and protection, but also a lack of justice for the
crimes that are committed – whether it is killing of civilians, rape,
looting or destruction of property. Where impunity is allowed to prevail,
protection will remain elusive.”
operating in Darfur and to strengthen the criminal justice system there –
especially by ensuring it has adequate resources to investigate and
prosecute those responsible for human rights abuses.
clear failure to differentiate between combatants and the civilian
Scores of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million
others have been displaced since conflict erupted in 2003 between rebels,
Government forces and allied militia groups in Darfur.
UN AGENCIES AGREE ON CLEAN-UP PLAN TO TACKLE OIL SPILL POLLUTING LEBANON AND SYRIA
17 August - United Nations agencies backed a wide-ranging multimillion
dollar action plan today to tackle up to 15,000 tonnes of fuel oil that
spewed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing marine life and affecting
around 150 kilometres of Lebanese and Syrian coastline, after a power
utility was damaged last month during the fighting between Israel and
The plan, which envisages an initial cost of around $64 million with
possibly more funds needed next year, was agreed to at a meeting convened
by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the UN Environment
Programme (UNEP) in Athens, Greece, and which also involved countries in
the region and the European Commission.
“Now the bombs have stopped and the guns have been silenced we have a
chance to rapidly assess the true magnitude of the problem and finally
mobilize the support for an oil clean-up and a restoration of the
coastline,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director.
agreed on an action plan. I sincerely hope we have secured the financial
backing to swiftly and comprehensively deliver on this promise to the
Lebanese people, on this request to the UN for assistance from the
Lebanese authorities,” he added.
The International Assistance Action Plan envisages three stages of
response, namely priority short-term actions – including immediate
helicopter aerial surveys to determine the extent of the pollution;
medium-term actions – including a workforce of 300 people cleaning up to
30 sites simultaneously; and long-term actions to assess the lessons
“I am delighted that we have been able to agree on this action plan which
now sets the stage for the wide-ranging assistance the Lebanese and, to a
lesser extent, the Syrian authorities so urgently need,” said Efthimios
Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the IMO.
Several countries have offered clean-up and oil containment equipment and
the Plan recommends that each donor providing equipment should also make
available one or several specialists to train local staff in its use. It
also highlights a “continually evolving scenario demanding a move, for
example, from vacuum trucks and pumps to mechanical grabs as the oil
becomes more viscous”.
the supervision of the UNEP-Mediterranean Action Plan’s Regional Marine
Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and
the Minister of the Environment of Lebanon.
HATE MESSAGES IN DR CONGO MEDIA TARGETING ‘WHITE PEOPLE’ SPARK UN CONCERNS
17 August - The top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC) has expressed concern about hate messages in the local media,
which are inciting Congolese to target and take revenge on “white people
and foreigners,” a spokesman for the world body said today.
Swing, made his feelings known this morning, following yesterday’s
decision by the Congolese High Authority on Media to suspend for 24 hours
the local RTAE and CCTV television stations because of the broadcasts.
Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told
reporters in New York, adding that the official Congolese Broadcasting
Corporation television station has also been suspended for 24 hours on
On a separate issue, the UN Mission to the DRC (MONUC) reports that some
97 per cent
50 per cent of those cast in the parliamentary poll, have been compiled so
far, Mr. Dujarric said.
The Mission says election organizers are confident that official
provisional results for the presidential poll will be available this
Saturday, one day ahead of schedule, despite logistical difficulties in
the vast African country.
to some 50,000 polling stations to choose from among 32 candidates for
president and more than 9,000 candidates for the National Assembly.
UN INVESTIGATES ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD PROSTITUTION INVOLVING PEACEKEEPERS IN DR CONGO
prostitution ring involving its peacekeepers and Government soldiers in
the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN mission in the vast
African nation said today, as it re-emphasized the world body’s zero
tolerance policy against all forms of sexual exploitation.
The UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) says that while most patrons are
reported to be Congolese soldiers, early victim testimonies suggest that
the suspected ring leaders cited the presence of UN troops in the region
and their perceived financial resources to incite impressionable young
girls to engage in prostitution.
MONUC takes these allegations very seriously and expressed “extreme shock”
at the testimonies of the victims of this illegal activity, which
allegedly took place in the northeastern province of South-Kivu, the
Mission said in a press release.
misconduct and, should the allegations against UN peacekeepers prove
well-founded, it will take all necessary disciplinary measures without
delay,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.
the matter, contribute to the eradication of this prostitution ring and to
the arrest of its backers by the Congolese authorities, it said. It will
also take great care in “ensuring the victims of this intolerable
trafficking receive all the protection they need.”
The findings of the investigation will be made public by MONUC once it is
over, as well as any disciplinary measures taken against staff if they
found to have been involved in this criminal activity, the Mission said.
The UN imposed a policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and
abuse by its own staff, particularly peacekeepers in the field, following
allegations in 2004 against blue helmets in the DRC. At the time the UN
Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) cited payments ranging from
two eggs to $5 per encounter. Some victims were abandoned orphans who were
abuse have resulted in the repatriation from the DRC of more than 100
military and 11 police personnel, the summary dismissal of seven civilian
personnel, the reprimand of three civilians and the suspension of six
civilians, Mr. Dujarric said.
MONUC currently has more than 17,000 uniformed personnel in the DRC
helping to keep the peace in the strife-torn country and also assisting in
the follow-up to last month’s landmark elections that the UN helped
WATER AND OTHER ESSENTIALS NEEDED IN BEIRUT, SAYS UN, AS IT SENDS MORE CONVOYS SOUTH
17 August - The tens of thousands of people returning to the war-ravaged
southern suburbs of Beirut desperately need clean drinking water, medicine
and other essentials, the United Nations said today, as it dispatched more
aid convoys to others in need in the devastated towns and cities in the
south of the country.
told reporters in New York, adding that the World Health Organization
(WHO) is also sending more than 120 trauma kits and six medical kits, with
equipment for some 12,000 operations, to the Marjayoun hospital.
Bint Jbeil, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, while highlighting that
since the beginning of the current crisis, the World Food Programme (WFP)
has distributed more than 1,300 tonnes of food to over 262,000 Lebanese.
an estimated total of 180,000 Lebanese who fled there to get away from the
fighting, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today, as it
continued to organize bus transport for many of the returnees.
difficult situation in Lebanon, but all we see here are happy faces,” said
UNHCR protection officer, Lisa Quarshie, at the Al Aarida border crossing.
“Lately we see people with lots of boxes going back, filled with food and
bedsheets and other donations from the Gulf States.”
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which along with providing essential aid
is also helping run awareness programmes on the danger of unexploded
ordnance in Lebanon, estimates that 6,000 people are headed back toward
the worst-hit areas in the south of the country every hour.
cut off at one stage during the conflict, and the agency says this is the
advance guard of the staff who will establish warehouse facilities and
establish exactly what assistance will be needed by those trying to
rebuild in the worst-affected areas.
“There's severe destruction caused by aerial bombardments,” said UNHCR's
senior liaison officer Harry Leefe. “Where there was once a house, I could
just see a bomb crater. There are also lots of cluster bombs.”
UN DEMANDS IMMEDIATE END TO DEMOLITIONS AND FORCED RELOCATION OF DISPLACED SUDANESE
17 August - A United Nations human rights expert joined her voice today to
the growing alarm about the Sudanese authorities’ demolition yesterday –
without warning – of the homes of 12,000 long-term internally displaced
persons (IDPs) living in a camp south of the capital Khartoum.
Sima Samar, Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Sudan, told a press
conference in Khartoum that there had been reports “of a number of
deaths,” including some children, during the demolition operation.
“I call on the authorities to immediately halt the forced relocation and
allow access to the area so services can be provided to the population,”
Dr. Samar said.
In a statement released today the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said heavily
armed policemen and tanks surrounded the squatter camp at Dar Assalam,
situated about 43 kilometres from Khartoum, about 8 a.m. yesterday.
With only a few minutes’ notice, bulldozers then moved in and demolished
hundreds of houses. UN officials in the area were barred entry and told to
leave after they heard gunshots.
UNMIS, which has also condemned the operation and asked for immediate
access to the area to assess the humanitarian situation, said it was
particularly concerned because Dar Assalam residents and authorities had
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) earlier this year indicating
that there would be no forced relocations until another site acceptable to
both sides had been found.
any relocation of the people of Dar Assalam takes place on the basis of
the MoU and with due regard to the human rights and humanitarian needs of
all residents,” according to the UNMIS statement.
fled western Sudan during the famine of that period.
17 August - With thousands of children returning to school in Tajikistan
in the first week of September as usual, the United Nations Children’s
Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that those living in areas hit by a
recent earthquake will be able to learn despite the devastation wrought by
without classrooms, causing severe damage to over a dozen of the area’s 44
“UNICEF stands ready to provide school-in-a-box kits, school desks and
chairs for a number of affected schools before school resumes in early
September,” said the agency’s Representative, Yukie Mokuo, who visited the
affected sites earlier this month along with officials from the
Government. The team found that many classrooms are unsafe and will not be
ready for the beginning of the school year.
possible outbreak of water-borne diseases in the area, which relies solely
on a damaged irrigation canal as its source of water supply for cooking
and drinking. Sanitation conditions are also poor.
worth $10,000 containing hygiene kits, water purification tablets, towels,
jerry cans and high protein biscuits to the affected areas. Another batch
of supplies, mostly hygiene items, will be distributed next week in
partnership with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
working on health care and hygiene promotion.
with support from the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, a global
partnership between donor and developing countries to ensure universal
primary education by 2015, UNICEF said.
Bird flu virus becoming endemic in parts of Asia – UN
17 August - Laboratory results show that a recent wave of bird flu in
poultry in Thailand and Laos was the result of both old and new strains of
the H5N1 virus, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
said today, calling for vigorous implementation of control measures to
prevent further spread of the disease.
The FAO says last month’s outbreak in Thailand’s Pichit province was
caused by the same strain that has been circulating in the area since
2003, meaning the virus has become endemic to the region.
birds and poultry, most probably a mix of backyard chickens, ducks and
fighting cocks,” said Laurence Gleeson, regional manager of FAO’s bird flu
centre in Bangkok today.
the other hand, were caused by strains that did not exist there previously
but that did resemble ones found in southern China, the FAO said.
The bird flu situation in the region has reached a “critical juncture,”
said the agency, noting that outbreaks were continuing in China and also
reoccurring in Laos, while cross-border poultry trade persisted across
South-East and East Asia, despite well-known risks. For all of those
reasons, heightened vigilance was essential throughout the region.
“Timely reporting and sharing information continue to be crucial,” said He
Changchui, FAO’s Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific,
pointing out that while some countries can beat back occasional bird flu
reoccurrence, poorer countries still need funding to strengthen veterinary
services and build up transboundary animal disease containment programmes.
UN OPENS NEW OFFICES IN AFGHANISTAN’S TROUBLED SOUTHERN REGION
has opened a new regional office in Qalat, Zabul, in the south of the
country, where a growing insurgency threatens stability, as part of its
efforts to work with Afghans to boost development and monitor human
“The new offices build on our current network and will help us to listen
closely to the needs of the people, the community, the elders and the
local authorities to get a better understanding about what can be done to
help to bring prosperity to Afghanistan,” said the Secretary-General’s
Special Representative to the country, Tom Koenigs.
“The office will closely cooperate with the local government and local
governors and with all the administration to strengthen good governance
and the rule of law, as well as monitoring human rights issues and will
assist the local population where needed to ensure that more development
reaches these areas,” he said.
UNAMA has plans to open more offices across in the whole country, the
envoy noted. “We believe that our presence can help contribute to the
stabilization of the country,” said Mr. Koenigs.
The mission is mandated to provide political and strategic advice for the
peace process and help the Government towards implementation of the
Afghanistan Compact, a five-year development plan for the country. UNAMA
is also promoting human rights, providing technical assistance, and
continuing to manage all UN humanitarian relief, recovery, reconstruction
and development activities in coordination with the Government.
Mr. Koenigs has warned the Security Council that Afghanistan faces a
growing insurgency in the south, calling for international efforts to
counter the threat he said was posed by a coherent leadership with a clear
intention to overthrow the Government and return the country to the way it
was under the Taliban.
UN-ORGANIZED ‘RED RIBBONS’ AWARDED FOR LOCAL AIDS INITIATIVES
17 August - As part of an effort to highlight some of the most outstanding
and least recognized participants in the frontline response to HIV and
AIDS, the first-ever Red Ribbon Awards were handed out to five local
community groups at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto last
Nearly 600 communities around the world were nominated for the $20,000
awards, which were organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in
partnership with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Twenty
finalist communities will also receive $5,000 each.
that have fought this disease,” said UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis.
“Sometimes they work in extremely difficult situations, in contexts of war
or extreme poverty, and yet they have found ways despite these obstacles
to make things happen, to generate some real success on the ground.”
Zimbabwe’s Girl Child Network, which counsels and supports girls in rural
areas, including victims of sexual abuse, received the award for best
practice in overcoming women’s equality from UNAIDS Special Representative
HRH the Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.
The Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, which successfully
campaigned to bring anti-retroviral treatment into Thailand’s
public-health system, was honored for its role in providing access to
care, treatment and support.
group, was rewarded for its efforts to address stigma and discrimination,
secure treatment and organize support for people living with HIV/AIDS in
Durjoy Nari Shongo, a Bangladeshi project that educates, protects and
advocates for sex workers and their families, received the award for its
work in promoting prevention initiatives.
sews school uniforms for AIDS orphans, was also honored last night.
Norwegian Crown Princess, actress Naomi Watts, and former Irish President
REPORTED EXECUTION OF AFGHAN PROMPTS UN ENVOY TO TAKE STAND AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
17 August - The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today condemned
the death penalty as reports emerged that Iranian authorities recently
executed an Afghan national living in Iran.
crimes without exception I stand against it. There can be no room in any
modern society for state executions,” said Tom Koenigs, the
Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, in a statement
issued in Kabul.
“The United Nations has always and continues to support the abolition of
the death penalty amongst all member states.”
WITH UN SUPPORT, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW HOUSING UNITS BEGINS IN SERBIA
17 August - Top government and civil society leaders have formally laid
the first foundations of new homes under a housing and social integration
programme for tens of thousands of war refugees and other vulnerable
people in Serbia being supported by the United Nations Human Settlements
vulnerable people, to build institutional capacities for social housing
development, assist the social and economic integration of refugees and
displaced people, and help boost the development capacity of local
governments in their development planning and municipal information
systems, the agency said in a press release.
following others in different areas, where senior government and local
officials were at hand to witness the start of the initiative.
The Settlement and Integration of Refugees Programme in Serbia is a
three-year effort being funded by the Government of Italy.
UNESCO CHIEF CONDEMNS MURDER OF MEXICAN MAGAZINE EDITOR
threats against freedom of the press, the Director-General of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today
condemned the killing of the editor of a Mexican magazine.
northern city of Chihuahua on 9 August with bullet wounds to the head and
back. Mr. Perea was the editor of Dos Caras, Una Verdad (Two Sides, One
Truth), a monthly magazine focusing on local drug trafficking and closed
“Crimes against journalists and editors constitute a grievous offence
against democracy and rule of law,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro
Matsuura in a statement released in Paris. “They undermine the freedom of
media professionals to inform public debate and participation.”
the press will be able to ensure that the perpetrators or such crimes are
brought to justice and that Mexican journalists will be able to carry out
their professional duties without fear of reprisals,” Mr. Matsuura added.
journalists have been killed in the past five years in direct reprisal for
their work. The CPJ is also investigating the slayings of six other
journalists, whose murders may be related to their work. Two journalists
are currently missing. One was abducted last month and the other in April.
Mr. Matsuura has recently condemned a wave of murders of journalists in
Iraq, as well as killings of members of the press in China, Russia and
TIMOR-LESTE: UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE CHAIRS ELECTION MEETING
elections next year, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in
that country today convened a meeting of the major political parties to
negotiate a new law that would govern those elections.
Politicians representing 17 parties discussed two competing drafts, one by
the ruling Fretilin party and the other by members of opposition parties.
An electoral adviser from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) offered an
analysis of the proposals. Prime Minister José Ramos-Horta, who also
attended the meeting, said he would study both drafts.
“This was an extremely important exercise in preparation for free, fair
and credible elections next year,” said the Secretary-General’s Special
Representative in Timor-Leste, Sukehiro Hasegawa, who noted that he had
already seen a movement toward consensus among the political parties.
“This is democracy at work.”
The tiny South-East Asian nation is still recovering from a wave of
violence earlier this year. Dozens were killed and 155,000 people forced
to flee their homes after clashes broke out when the government dismissed
some 600 soldiers who had gone on strike.
In a report last week, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the UN Security
Council to establish a new mission in Timor-Leste to help rebuild
institutions, promote national reconciliation and assist in next year’s
elections. He also proposed a UN police force of more than 1,600 that
would, among other activities, provide security during the voting.
At today’s meeting, Mr. Hasegawa noted that the Secretary-General had also
requested a team of electoral advisors and specialists. He added that the
UN would be prepared, if requested by Timor-Leste’s Government, to send a
high-level team to certify each step of the electoral process.
strengthening the democratic foundations of Timor-Leste and believes that
jointly, we can make the 2007 elections a success,” said Mr. AHasegawa.