The United Nations strongly condemns attack on UN convoy in Baucau

5 Jul 2008

The United Nations strongly condemns attack on UN convoy in Baucau

Dili, August 11 2007 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste has strongly condemned those behind an attack on a UN convoy travelling from Baucau to Viqueque.

The ambush on three UN vehicles was perpetrated by a group of people between the villages of Fatumaka and Gariuai. Personnel travelling in the convoy included four UNPol officers, two national police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) officers, an UNPol language assistant, two national staff members and an NGO worker.

During the incident, which involved stone throwing and reported gunshots at UN vehicles, one UNPol vehicle was also set ablaze by the criminal elements. There were no injuries.

SRSG Atul Khare has insisted that the perpetrators be brought to justice, and condemned all those involved in the incident including those who may have inspired it.

Mr Khare recalled that the United Nations and the international community are here to assist the Timorese people, and, having been through difficult times before in this country, will not be deterred by a few criminal elements who by their ill-considered actions are trying to tarnish the good name of the majority of Timorese.

UNPol continues to work with the Government, the F-FDTL and ISF to restore law and order in the area.

However, UNPol also recommends that members of the public should not travel on the road between Baucau and Viqueque till further notice.