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East Timor (Oct 1999 - To Date)
 

On 30 August 1999, in a UN-sponsored referendum, an overwhelming majority of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia. Immediately following the referendum, anti-independence Timorese militias organised and supported by the Indonesian military commenced a punitive scorched-earth campaign. The militias killed approximately 1,400 Timorese and forcibly pushed 300,000 people into West Timor as refugees. The majority of the Country's infrastructure was destroyed. On 20 September 1999, the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) was deployed to the country and brought the violence to an end. Following a United Nations-administered transition period, East Timor was internationally recognized as an independent Nation on 20 May 2002. Pakistan Army deployed 2910 peacekeepers in East Timor as under:-

Pakistan's Contribution

Period

Strength

From

To

Per Year (Approx)

Total (Approx)

United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET)

October 1999

May 2002

970

970

United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)

May 2002

May 2005

970

970

UN Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT)

August 2006

Todate

970

970


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