Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 26 June 2008


(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

Deputy SRSG says UNPOL hasn't handed over command to PNTL - Diario Nacional

The Deputy Special Representative of Secretary-General Finn Reske-Nielsen said that the Untied Nations Police who have been working with PNTL officers in all district have not as yet handed over power to the PNTL and that any future handover was still being discussed with the government.

"There was a ceremony held in the HQ of Manatutu PNTL last Saturday (21/6). It was a closing ceremony for those PNTL who have successfully been certified and all people should bear in mind that it was not handover command. For the handover command, this is still in discussion process between the Government and United Nation," said Mr Reske-Nielsen.

Mr Reske-Nielsen also added that UN in Timor-Leste and the Government are still assessing the PNTL's resumption of responsibility in all districts and at the national levels.


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