Subject: Lusa: Portugal to Train Naval Force, Provide Patrol Boats

East Timor: Portugal to Train Naval Force, Provide Patrol Boats 14 Jun-12:58

The Portuguese navy will send a mission to East Timor soon to prepare the creation of a naval school and begin training of machinists for two patrol boats promised by Lisbon,. Defense Minister Julio Castro Caldas announced the military aid programs with the former Portuguese territory Tuesday during a meeting of European Union ministers in Luxembourg. The two patrol boats have already been built and will be delivered to Timor's transition UN administration by year's end, Castro Caldas added. He said Portugal's High Institute for Military Studies was also preparing a "profile study" of the territory's future security and defense needs for use by UNTAET.

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