UNMIT took the first step in transferring its assets to the Timor-Leste government on 21 May when it handed over five vehicles with long range radios, five generators and 10 computers. These vehicles and equipment are a small part the donation UNMIT will make as it moves closer to the planned withdrawal at the end of 2012.
Other equipment to be donated includes our communications networks, water sanitation equipment, construction engineering equipment, portable housing, radio broadcasting and maintenance facilities. To ensure the equipment is well maintained, we are training UNMIT and government staff to handle and maintain the equipment
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and Vice Minister of Finance Dr. Rui Hanjam accepted the equipment on behalf of the government from SRSG Ameerah Haq and Under-Secretary-General Vijay Nambiar at a ceremony conducted at the Palacio do Governo in Dili.
The transfer of assets does not happen in a day; it requires careful planning and coordination. The schedule for the asset transfer has been one of the initiatives of the High Level Committee on Transition. (To read more about the asset transfer click here.) Additional equipment transfers will be conducted at intervals as UNMIT withdraws.