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Transcript of doorstop: Fretilin Headquarters, Dili, Timor Leste: Monday, 13 December 2010: [Traininig of National Police Force in Timor Leste]

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Doorstop, Fretilin Headquaters, Dili, Timor Leste Monday, 13 December 2010

BRENDAN O’CONNOR: … we share challenges in the region and we’re very happy to be here, and we’re certainly happy to make sure the Australian Federal Police work very closely with the National Police Force here, because we want to see Timor-Leste have a strong police force. It is developing, it is improving, and we’ll continue to maintain our support here to ensure that policing in this country grows and improves for the citizens of this country, which is in the interests of Timor Leste, as well as the interests of Australia. So I thank you Dr Mari Alkatiri, Secretary-General of Fretilin, very much for your time today and look forward to visits in the future and I wish all the very best in the future.

MARI ALKATIRI (translation): We spoke about the subject of cooperation, on the level of training for Timor Leste’s police, the PNTL. Since 1999, Timor Leste and Australia have cooperated in this area, not just this area, but in this area. With officials, the Minister for Home Affairs has come to see, to evaluate, the level of cooperation. He met with the President of the Republic, and met now with me to listen also to Fretilin’s opinion about this issue.

JOURNALIST (translation): What is Fretilin’s opinion about the meeting? What opinion does Fretilin have about …

ALKATIRI (translation): Positive. It was a positive meeting because there is a willingness to continue cooperation into the future, a willingness to keep developing our police. We need to work a lot on developing our police. Okay, thank you.

O’CONNOR: Good to see you, thank you very much. Thank you.