Subject: East Timorese policemen to join UN mission in Kosovo

East Timorese policemen to join UN mission in Kosovo

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DILI, East Timor_A small East Timorese police contingent will join U.N. peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, the government said Wednesday, the first time the tiny nation has contributed officers to overseas missions under the world body.

The 10-member contingent was slated to leave Friday by U.N. flight for Kosovo, where they will work as advisers to the local police force, said Home Affairs Minister Rogerio Tiago Lobato.

There are also plans next year to send police officers to join the United Nations in the Sudan, a police official said.

East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, broke away in 1999 through a U.N.-organized vote from Indonesia which invaded and occupied the tiny half-island territory in 1975.

The United Nations administered the territory until they handed it over to the Timorese on May 20, 2002. Since then, a U.N. mission has remained in the country, which is the least developed in Asia.


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