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U.N. transfer district in Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, May 13 (UPI) -- The United Nations is expected to transfer security responsibilities for a district in Timor-Leste to local authorities Thursday.

The U.N. mission in Timor-Leste, called UNMIT, has been working to establish long-term stability in the country following an outbreak in fighting between eastern and western regions in April 2006. UNMIT announced in March it would hand responsibility of the Timor-Leste districts of Lautem and Manatuto over to the country's national police.

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UNMIT head Atul Khare announced plans to shift law-enforcement responsibility of the Lautem district in eastern Timor-Leste on Thursday.

According to a news release, the United Nations will remain in the district in a support role to "provide advice and monitoring, particularly in the area of human rights protection."

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