Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Completion of Term of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)

May 20, 2005

  1. The United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET, headed by Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa), a UN peacekeeping operation engaged in tasks for the "consolidation of peace" and "nation building" of East Timor, successfully completed its term on May 20. Japan, which has been extending personnel and financial contributions including the dispatch of its Self Defense Force Engineer Group, welcomes the successful completion of UNMISET's activities.
  2. Following the completion of UNMISET's term, a UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), a UN special political mission, will be established on May 21. For the next year, the UNOTIL will continue cooperation for the "consolidation of peace" and "nation building", and Japan will also continue supporting its activities.
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