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date: 13 May 2021

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This article focuses on the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), a peacekeeping mission created by the UN Security Council in August 2006 to help address the widespread civil disorder in Timor-Leste following its declaration of national independence from Indonesia four years before. After providing an overview of the conflict in Timor-Leste, the article outlines UNMIT’s mandate and evaluates its operational achievements and limitations, particularly in terms of helping consolidate stability and enhance democratic governance and political dialogue in Timor-Leste; support for the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections; monitoring, promoting, and protecting human rights; assistance to refugees; and post-conflict peace-building and capacity building.

Keywords: peacekeeping mission, UN Security Council, Timor-Leste, elections, human rights, peace-building, United Nations, refugees

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