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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Aussie troops leaving East Timor

Very noisy and chaotic in Dili as helicopters co-ordinate the Australian withdrawal from East Timor. There was a farewell ceremony held here yesterday. Reports ABC here:

"The remaining Australian soldiers in East Timor will begin pulling out of the country from today. A ceremony was held late yesterday in Dili to mark the closure of the Australian-led International Stabilisation Force (ISF). Defence Force Chief General David Hurley says the force's mission ends today.

"The International Stabilisation Force will cease security operations in this country and begin returning equipment and its people to Australia and New Zealand," he said. Most of the 400 soldiers leaving East Timor are Australians.  General Hurley thanked them for their services.

"For more than six years the International Stabilisation Force has provided security to our close neighbour and good friend," he said.

In 2006 Australian troops returned to East Timor to restore order after a mutiny split the country's new army. At its peak the International Stabilisation Force was made up of more than 1,000 soldiers. East Timor's prime minister Xanana Gusmao says international help was needed to put an end to the widespread violence.

"On behalf of the government and the people of Timor-Leste, I give thanks to Australia and New Zealand and the brave soldiers that served with ISF for helping us achieve stability," he said.

"As a result we now look to the future with optimism and hope."

Amen to Gusmao's last sentence - we all pray for a peaceful future.