“The United Nations will end its peacekeeping mission in East Timor today, marking the country’s transition to a viable and peaceful state, the international body said in a statement. East Timor President Xanana Gusmao and the UN’s special representative Sukehiro Hasegawa held a ceremony in the capital, Dili, yesterday to bid farewell to the peacekeepers who have kept the country secure since 24 years of Indonesian rule ended in bloodshed and widespread destruction in 1999.” More

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