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UN Security Council Approves New Mission for East Timor


The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a new mission to East Timor to help establish security in the country.

The resolution passed on Friday sends more than 1,600 police and military liaison officers to East Timor for six months. There will be no military troops in the new mission, but the Australian-led peacekeeping force already in East Timor will remain in place.

Australia sent 1,500 troops and 200 police officers to East Timor in May after weeks of street violence, sparked by a split in the ranks of East Timor's armed forces. Another 600 peacekeepers come from Malaysia, New Zealand, and Portugal.

Earlier on Friday, the commander of the peacekeepers, Steve Lancaster, said officers have detained 62 people for questioning in an attack on one of the Australian police officers last week.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters

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