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date: 13 May 2021

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This article focuses on the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), a temporary governing authority created by the UN Security Council for East Timor (now known as Timor-Leste) in October 1999. It first provides an overview of the conflict in East Timor following a referendum in which a large majority (76 per cent) of Timorese voters had opted for total independence from Indonesia, the article outlines UNTAET’s mandate and evaluates its operational successes and failures, particularly in terms of support for capacity building for self-government, humanitarian assistance, and security.

Keywords: United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, UNTAET, UN Security Council, East Timor, independence, Indonesia, self-government, humanitarian assistance, security, United Nations

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