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Japan's contribution to UN peacekeeping force in East Timor welcome.



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA166 8 November 2001

JAPAN’S CONTRIBUTION TO UN PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN EAST TIMOR WELCOME

I welcome this week’s announcement of Japan’s significant contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping operation in East Timor. I understand Japan will contribute a self-defence force engineering unit.

The international community has done a remarkable job in East Timor, but more remains to be done. Japan’s announcement underlines its commitment to staying the course in East Timor. It adds to Japan’s already significant contribution to building a stable and democratic future for the people of East Timor.

Japan’s announcement also demonstrates the Koizumi Government’s preparedness to make a more active contribution to regional security, including through peacekeeping activities. Australia strongly welcomes this and looks forward to working with Japan, East Timor and other partners in ensuring the continued smooth operation of the UN peacekeeping presence in East Timor.

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