Subject: LUSA: UN mission to beef up security following Baghdad blast

East Timor: UN mission to beef up security following Baghdad blast

Uai Mori, East Timor, Aug. 20 (Lusa) - The head of the United Nations mission in East Timor, Kamalesh Sharma, said Wednesday that UNMISET was reviewing its security in the wake of the Baghdad bombing that killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, his predecessor in Dili.

Saying he was awaiting the arrival of a UN terrorism expert, Sharma told Lusa that, even prior to the terror strike in the Iraqi capital Tuesday, UNMISET had requested additional expertise to aid both the UN mission and the East Timor government beef up anti-terror "prevention and combat programs".

Islamic terrorists have struck "soft" Western targets in neighboring Indonesia's capital and Bali tourist resort during the past year.

There have been repeated alerts that similar or UN targets could be hit in East Timor.

"I had already asked for an expert in the area of terrorism to help, both us and the government", develop (Dili's) anti-terror prevention and combat program", Sharma told Lusa during a visit to the southeastern town of Uai Mori.

After the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, "the arrival of this expert is even more urgent", the UN mission chief added.

ASP/SAS.

Lusa


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