Subject: NZer to fill key UN role in Timor-Leste

NZer to fill key UN role in Timor-Leste

WELLINGTON, Sept 22, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A New Zealand Army officer has been appointed to the position of Chief Military Liaison Officer with the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).

New Zealand Defense Minister Phil Goff said Friday that as the Chief Military Liaison Officer, Colonel Williams will be a key source of military advice to the head of the UN mission.

Williams will be responsible for the operational organization, functioning and effective conduct of up to 34 UN military liaison officers assigned to UNMIT.

"The selection of Colonel Williams for this appointment reflects the high regard in which New Zealand defense personnel are held internationally," said Goff.

New Zealand has sent peacekeeping forces to Timor-Leste since 1999. There are so far nearly 200 New Zealand military and police staff in the country for security and peace.

Williams will take up his appointment in October.

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