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Resolution 1745

The situation in Timor-Leste


S/RES/1745 (2007)
Security Council Distr.: General
22 February 2007
07-24737 (E)
Resolution 1745 (2007)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 5634th meeting, on
22 February 2007
The Security Council,
Reaffirming all its previous resolutions and statements on the situation in
Timor-Leste, in particular its resolutions 1599 (2005) of 28 April 2005, 1677 (2006)
of 12 May 2006, 1690 (2006) of 20 June 2006, 1703 (2006) of 18 August 2006 and
1704 (2006) of 25 August 2006,
Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 1 February 2007
Reaffirming its full commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial
integrity, national unity of Timor-Leste and the promotion of long-term stability in
the country,
Commending the people and the Government of Timor-Leste for their
continued action to resolve their political challenges and other steps taken towards
national dialogue and political reconciliation, and encouraging all parties to
redouble their efforts in this regard,
Reaffirming the need for respect for the independence of the judiciary and its
responsibility and welcoming the conviction of the leaders of Timor-Leste on the
need for justice and their determination to act against impunity,
Expressing its concern over the still fragile and volatile security, political,
social and humanitarian situation in Timor-Leste and welcoming initial efforts made
in the security sector,
Taking note of a joint letter dated 7 December 2006 addressed to the Secretary-
General (S/2006/1022) from President Gusmao, Prime Minister Ramos-Horta and
National Parliament President Guterres, requesting that the United Nations
Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) be reinforced with an additional
Formed Police Unit (FPU),
Reiterating its view that the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary
elections will be a significant step in the process of strengthening democracy in
Welcoming the adoption of the laws on the National Commission on Elections,
as well as on the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections, and encouraging
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additional steps, including amendments deemed necessary, implementation of an
appropriate regulatory framework, and logistical preparations to be undertaken with
the assistance of UNMIT,
Further welcoming the passing by the Parliament of Timor-Leste on 9 January
2007, of a resolution, which adopted the recommendations of the Independent
Special Commission of Inquiry and the additional recommendations of the Ad Hoc
Parliamentary Commission and noting the action taken to date by the Government
of Timor-Leste, including a number of judicial proceedings in relation to the events
of April and May 2006, and further noting the need for continued efforts to
implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry,
Stressing the need to implement fully the “Arrangement on the Restoration and
Maintenance of Public Security in Timor-Leste and Assistance to the Reform,
Restructuring and Rebuilding of PNTL and the Ministry of Interior”, concluded
between the Government of Timor-Leste and UNMIT on 1 December 2006,
Expressing its full support for the continued deployment of the international
security force in response to the requests of the Government of Timor-Leste, and
their activities to support UNMIT in the restoration and maintenance of law and
Noting with appreciation the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
between the Government of Timor-Leste, the United Nations and the Government of
Australia on 26 January 2007 that established a Trilateral Coordination Forum to
enhance security activities,
Recalling that, while the manifestations of the current challenges in Timor-Leste
are political and institutional in nature, poverty and its associated deprivations also
contributed to these challenges, paying tribute to Timor-Leste’s bilateral and multilateral
partners for their invaluable assistance, particularly with regard to institutional capacitybuilding
and social and economic development, and recognizing the progress being
made in the development of many aspects of governance in Timor-Leste,
Welcoming the Agreement between the Government of Timor-Leste and the
United Nations Development Programme to provide, with donor support, technical
support for enhancing transparency and anti-corruption measures,
Taking note of the launching on 17 January 2007 of a Consolidated Appeal
Process (CAP) to respond to the remaining humanitarian and ongoing protection
needs for a period of six months beyond December 2006, including providing
humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in order to facilitate their
return, relocation and reintegration,
Reaffirming its resolutions 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security and
1502 (2003) on the protection of humanitarian and United Nations personnel,
Expressing its appreciation for the efforts of UNMIT and the United Nations
Country Team, under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-
1. Decides to extend the mandate of UNMIT until 26 February 2008;
2. Decides to increase UNMIT’s authorized force strength by up to 140
police personnel in order to permit the deployment of an additional formed police
unit to supplement the existing FPUs particularly during the pre- and post-electoral
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3. Welcomes the signing of the military technical arrangement between the
United Nations and Australia on 25 January 2007 under which the international
security force ensures protection of United Nations premises and properties as well
as a rapid response capacity for the UNMIT police;
4. Calls upon the Government of Timor-Leste, assisted by UNMIT, to
continue working on a comprehensive review of future role and needs of the
security sector including the Ministry of Interior, PNTL, Ministry of Defence, and
5. Emphasizes the need for regular meetings and information sharing and,
in that regard, welcomes the establishment of a Trilateral Coordination Forum, with
participants from the Government of Timor-Leste, UNMIT and the international
security force, in order to maintain coordination;
6. Calls upon all parties in Timor-Leste to adhere to the principles of
non-violence and to democratic and legal processes to ensure that the upcoming
elections have a unifying impact and contribute to bringing the people of Timor-
Leste together and encourages all Timorese parties to ensure that free, fair and
peaceful elections take place and that the timetable for polls developed by the
National Commission on Elections is respected;
7. Takes note of the work of the United Nations Independent Certification
Team, encourages the implementation of its key recommendations to ensure
credibility of the electoral process, and further encourages the international
community to assist in this process including through electoral observation;
8. Calls upon all parties in Timor-Leste, and in particular political leaders,
to continue to work together in a spirit of cooperation and compromise in order to
consolidate progress made by Timor-Leste in recent years and to enable the country
to move to a peaceful and more prosperous future;
9. Emphasizes the importance of ongoing efforts to reach accountability and
justice for the events of 1999 and April through May 2006, including follow-up to
the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry report and, in this regard,
encourages UNMIT’s sustained efforts to support national dialogue, political
reconciliation and the strengthening of the justice system;
10. Calls upon UNMIT to continue to cooperate and coordinate with the
United Nations agencies, funds and programmes as well as all relevant partners to
support the Government of Timor-Leste and relevant institutions and in designing
poverty reduction and economic growth policies;
11. Urges the development partners including the United Nations agencies
and multilateral financial institutions to continue providing resources and assistance
for the preparations for the upcoming elections, other projects towards sustainable
development and calls upon the international donor community to consider
contributing generously towards the 2007 Consolidated Appeal for Timor-Leste;
12. Requests UNMIT fully to take into account gender considerations as set
out in Security Council resolution 1325 as a cross-cutting issue throughout its
mandate, and further requests the Secretary-General to include in his reporting to
the Security Council progress on gender mainstreaming throughout UNMIT and all
other aspects relating to the situation of women and girls, especially in relation to
the need to protect them from gender-based violence;
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13. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to take the necessary
measures to ensure full compliance in UNMIT with the United Nations zerotolerance
policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to keep the Council informed,
and urges those countries contributing troops and police to take appropriate
preventive action and to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct
involving their personnel;
14. Further requests the Secretary-General to keep the Council closely and
regularly informed of developments on the ground, in particular the state of
preparations for the upcoming elections and the security situation and to submit a
report which includes recommendations for possible adjustments in UNMIT’s
mandate and strength to the Security Council within 60 days after the Presidential
and Parliamentary elections in Timor-Leste, and to submit a report no later than 45
days before the expiration of the current mandate and to submit further reports as
and when he considers appropriate;
15. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

The situation in Timor-Leste
Related with resolutions
1325 1502 1599 1677 1690 1703 1704
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