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United Nations ends peacekeeping mission in East Timor

The UN officially ends its peacekeeping operations in East Timor on Monday.

UN forces have been pulling out since October when East Timorese security forces took over responsibility for maintaining law and order.

The UN played a vital role in East Timor's independence by organising the 1999 referendum which ended Indonesia's 24-year occupation.

Phil Mercer reports.

  • 31 Dec 2012