Press Releases

    SC/8716
    15 May 2006

    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

    NEW YORK, 12 May (UN Headquarters) -- 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 before it 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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