United Nations Security Council Resolution 1473

United Nations Security Council resolution 1473, adopted unanimously on 4 April 2003, after recalling previous resolutions on East Timor (Timor-Leste), particularly Resolution 1410 (2002), the Council adjusted the United Nations Mission of Support to East Timor (UNMISET) to improve its capacity to train the National Police of East Timor in light of the security situation, and slowed the downsizing of the operation.[1]

UN Security Council
Resolution 1473
United Nations police station in East Timor
Date4 April 2003
Meeting no.4,735
CodeS/RES/1473 (Document)
SubjectThe situation in East Timor
Voting summary
  • 15 voted for
  • None voted against
  • None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members
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The Security Council welcomed progress East Timor had made with UNMISET assistance, stressing the priority of improving the capabilities of the national police and noting continuing challenges to the country's security and stability. It decided that composition and strength of the UNMISET police component and its downsizing would include the following measures:

(i) inclusion of an international unit for one year;
(ii) provision of additional training capacity in relation to crowd control, border security and tactical operations;
(iii) emphasis on human rights and rule of law;
(iv) retaining a monitoring and advisory presence in areas under the control of the East Timor police;
(v) preparations for the transfer of authority to the East Timor police force.

The resolution decided that the downsizing of the military component of UNMISET until December 2003 would be adjusted so that the number of military peacekeepers would be reduced from 1,750 more slowly than envisaged in Resolution 1410.[2] By January 2004, 325 officers would be still present in the country.[3] Two battalions would also be retained.

The Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested to report by 20 May 2003 on a revised schedule for the downsizing of UNMISET and to keep the Council informed of developments in East Timor. Finally, the East Timorese government was asked to co-operate with UNMISET in the implementation of police and military strategies.

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  1. ^ "Security Council, responding to security challenges in Timor-Leste, delays cutbacks in UN forces". United Nations. 4 April 2003.
  2. ^ Cotton, James (2004). East Timor, Australia and regional order: intervention and its aftermath in Southeast Asia. Routledge. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-415-33580-5.
  3. ^ Mobekk, Eirin (2003). "Law enforcement: Creating and maintaining a police service in a post-conflict society – problems and pitfalls". Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Occasional Paper.

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