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UN Extends Mission in East Timor Following Riots


The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a one-month extension of the U.N. mission in East Timor following deadly riots in the capital, Dili.

The council agreed Friday to keep the mission going until June 20. It had been scheduled to shut down on May 20.

The 15-member body also asked U.N. chief Kofi Annan to brief the council by June 6 on the situation in East Timor and on what role the United Nations should play there in the future.

Riots erupted in Dili late last month after the government dismissed about 600 soldiers from the tiny nation's army. U.N. officials say five people were killed in the violence and thousands fled their homes.

East Timor became independent four years ago following years of Portuguese and Indonesian rule. U.N. peacekeeping efforts have been scaled back in recent years.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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