12 May 2006
Security Council
SC/8716

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Security Council

5436th Meeting (AM)


SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATE OF UN OFFICE FOR TIMOR-LESTE


UNTIL 20 JUNE, UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1677 (2006)


Remaining Fully Committed to Promotion of Long-Lasting Stability

In Country, Council Expresses Deep Concern over Incidents on 28-29 April


The Security Council decided this morning to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) until 20 June 2006, by unanimously adopting resolution 1677 (2006).


Expressing its deep concern over the incidents of 28-29 April in Timor-Leste and the ensuing situation, the Council requested the Secretary-General to provide, by 6 June, an update on the situation and on the role of the United Nations following the expiration of UNOTIL’s mandate.


Fully committed to the promotion of long-lasting stability in the country, the Council encouraged the Government of Timor-Leste and other State institutions to address, with UNOTIL’s assistance, the causes of the violence in order to prevent a recurrence.


The meeting began at 11:15 a.m. and ended at 11:20 a.m.


Council Resolution


The full text of resolution 1677 (2006) reads, as follows:


The Security Council,


Recalling its relevant resolutions on the situation in Timor-Leste, in particular its resolution 1599 (2005) of 28 April 2005,


Expressing its deep concern over the 28/29 April incidents, as well as the ensuing situation, and acknowledging the actions of the Government of Timor-Leste to establish an investigation into the incidents, their effects and causes,


Remaining fully committed to the promotion of long-lasting stability in Timor-Leste,


“1.   Decides to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) until 20 June 2006;


“2.   Requests the Secretary-General to provide the Council by 6 June 2006 with an update on the situation in Timor-Leste and the role of the United Nations in Timor-Leste following the expiration of the mandate of UNOTIL with a view to taking further action on the subject;


“3.   Encourages the Government and other State institutions of Timor-Leste, with the assistance from UNOTIL within its current mandate, to address the causes of the violence in order to prevent a recurrence of such incidents;


“4.   Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”


Background


The Council had beforeit the Secretary-General’s end-of-mandate report on UNOTIL (document S/2006/251) dated 20 April 2006.  (For further details, please see Press Release SC/8712 of 5 May.)


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