MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 3) - The new United Nations police chief in East Timor said her top priority is to provide training to the local police force, the PNTL.

The UN Police Force in East Timor, UNPOL plans to pull out of the newly independent nation next May.

UNPOL Commissioner Sandra Peisley said local East Timorese police are already patrolling large parts of the country.

"There are a number of districts here in Timore L'este that have already been formally handed over from UNPOL to the Timor L'este police," Peisley said.

"We have UNPOL in the districts, working with the PNTL as advisors. So nine of the 13 districts have already been handed back to the police," she said.

The international human rights group Amnesty International this week said East Timor's police force could not yet maintain law and order in a manner consistent with international human rights standards.

July 3, 2003

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