International Peace Cooperation Assignment in Timor-Leste


Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
(Gained independence from the Republic of Indonesia in 2002)


In response to a request from the United Nations, Japan dispatched two civilian police officers and three liaison and coordination personnel to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (East Timor) ( UNMIT ), acting under the International Peace Cooperation Law.

Civilian police Officers

Japanese Civilian police personnel(img)

Japanese police officers

In April 2006, the security situation in Timor - Leste deteriorated in the wake of protest activities by soldiers who left the East Timorese Armed Forces. At the request of the Government of Timor - Leste, The United Nations Security Council decided in August of the same year to establish the UN Integrated Mission in Timor - Leste ( UNMIT ), consisting primarily of civilian police officers, to assist in strengthening Timor - Leste's stability and nation building.

At the request of the United Nations, Japan dispatched a total of four civilian police officers to UNMIT between January 2007 and February 2008 - the first pair from January through August 2007 and the second pair from August 2007 through February 2008. The Japanese personnel were assigned to the civilian police component of the headquarters of UNMIT in Dili, where they conducted such activities as giving advice to the civilian police component.

Coordination and liaison personnel

Japanese Civilian police personnel(img)

Japanese police officers

In order to enable the Japanese civilian police personnel dispatched to UNMIT to carry out their duties smoothly and effectively, liaison and coordination personnel were also sent to Dili from concerned agencies such as the Cabinet Office, National Police Agency, etc. There were two or three coordination and liaison personnel on duty to facilitate communications and coordination between the police officers and local organizations concerned.

Deployment of Civilian Police Officers

Distribution of Personnel(img)