PM Taur officially opens four permanent facilities for the UPF

PM Taur officially opens four permanent facilities for the UPF


DILI, 07 may 2021 (TATOLI)– Timor-Leste Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak has officially inaugurated four additional permanent facilities for the Border Patrol Unit (UPF) established by the Australian government, in Bobonaro and Covalima.

The head of the Government is appreciating the support of the Australian Government for the construction of four additional permanent facilities for the UPF.

“This is a great honor for me to participate in this ceremony, these places are the places where our police will live here to ensuring that the government’s border is closure and patrolling in the heat,” The Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak said in a statement released today. 

According to PM Matan Ruak, both countries have been doing the cooperating in many sectors, including Health, Education, Good Governance, Agriculture and the security sector through Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP).

The posts are constructing through cooperation with the Australian Government with the purpose to control the borders and prevent the illegal movement of people and goods.

“On behalf of the Government and People of Timor-Leste, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Government of Australia through its Embassy in Timor-Leste,” PM said. 

PM also asks the UPF to use these facilities with responsibility for their work to enhance the safety and security of Timor-Leste and the region.

“The Commander UPF should use these posts responsible and carefully as your own house to take care of the community since many of our posts are yet to be done” he said. 

Each post contains office and living space for 8 officers, and are self-sustainable with their water, solar power, and septic systems. 

According to the statement, the fifth post will also be constructed on Atauro Island to support the Maritime Police Unit. 

so far, 30 posts have been built for the UPF to patrolling in the heat.


Journalist: Antónia Gusmão

Editor: Julia Chatarina


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