MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
14 June 1999
Australian to head UNAMET Civilian Police contingent for East Timor
I welcome the appointment of an Australian, Alan Mills, as head of the UN civilian police (CIVPOL) contingent for the United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET).
Mr Mills is to command the entire UN CIVPOL contingent, which will include a large number of Australian police officers. His appointment is a further demonstration of Australia's commitment to assisting in the UN electoral consultation process in East Timor.
Mr Mills is a former Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police. He is one of Australia's most experienced police officers with a strong background in the field of international civil policing. He commanded the Australian Police Contingent to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, and was earlier closely involved in advising the Papua New Guinea Police.
As Assistant Commissioner for Police Mr Mills was responsible for, amongst other things, the establishment of support mechanisms for Australian civilian police contributions to the United Nations.
Responsibility for maintaining law and order and protecting the people of East Timor remains that of the Indonesian Government and the Armed Forces. The role of the UN CIVPOL is to advise the Indonesian police in discharging their duties and to supervise the movements of ballot boxes and papers during the consultation process.
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