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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter focuses on the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), a peacekeeping mission created by the UN Security Council in May 2002 as a successor mission to the UN transitional administration in the territory. UNMISET’s task was to provide direct military and civilian support and help promote national capacity building during East Timor’s early period as a sovereign state. After providing an overview of the conflict in East Timor, the chapter outlines UNMISET’s mandate and evaluates its operational achievements and limitations, particularly in terms of development of national administrative structures, law enforcement capacity, and internal and external security.

Keywords: United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor, UNMISET, peacekeeping mission, UN Security Council, East Timor, national administrative structures, law enforcement, security, United Nations

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