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"There is no consistent policy regarding the disposition of equipment and material purchased for UN peacekeeping missions. In past missions, the equipment has sometimes remained in the country after the UN's departure. La'o Hamutuk urges the UN member states, who through the UN collectively "own" this equipment, to make it available. If the equipment is in good working order and desired by ETTA, the UN should either donate it to the new government in a gesture of goodwill or sell it at a value that considers both its steep depreciation and what it would cost the UN to ship it out of East Timor." The La'o Hamutuk Bulletin Editorial

From: The La'o Hamutuk Bulletin

Volume 2, Nos. 1-2
April 2001

Issue focus: 
FUNDING EAST TIMOR'S RECONSTRUCTION

Table of contents: To read this issue on the internet, or to download a printable PDF version, go to:
La'o Hamutuk Bulletin: http://www.etan.org/lh/bulletinv2n1.html



Editorial: EQUIPMENT IN GOOD WORKING ORDER SHOULD STAY IN EAST TIMOR'S AFTER UNTAET LEAVES

While a very small percentage of equipment has come from other UN missions, UNTAET has spent tens of millions of dollars on new equipment. This includes: 1,350 new vehicles; 1,800 desktop computers, desks, and filing cabinets; 1,500 printers; more than 500 laptop computers; 200 fax machines; and 74 computer file servers (that cost $33,000 each). The UN mission has also spent significant monies transporting this equipment from overseas to East Timor.

There is no consistent policy regarding the disposition of equipment and material purchased for UN peacekeeping missions. In past missions, the equipment has sometimes remained in the country after the UN's departure. La'o Hamutuk urges the UN member states, who through the UN collectively "own" this equipment, to make it available. If the equipment is in good working order and desired by ETTA, the UN should either donate it to the new government in a gesture of goodwill or sell it at a value that considers both its steep depreciation and what it would cost the UN to ship it out of East Timor.

It is also lamentable that some equipment that would be quite useful for the new government will clearly not remain in East Timor, even if an agreement is reached regarding other items. For instance, UNTAET rented 380 photocopiers from Ricoh Company. In just two years, UNTAET will have paid an average of $10,000 per machine. However, because UNTAET did not decide to purchase photocopiers outright or lease them with an option to buy, the nearly $4 million spent will have no bearing on the new government's future inventory of photocopiers. Incidentally, some ETTA departments are now buying new Ricoh photocopiers for $7,000 each.


Tetum: (the most common East Timorese language)
La’o Hamutuk, Instituto Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitoring Reconstrucao  Updated Feb 26
Saida mak La’o Hamutuk? La’o Hamutuk organizasaun klibur Ema Timor Lorosa’e no Ema Internacional ne’ebe buka atu tau matan, halo analize ho halo relatorio kona ba hahalok (actividade) instuisaun internacional ne’ebe oras ne’e haknaar iha Timor Lorosa’e, liu-liu hahalok sira ne’ebe iha relasaun ho rekonstrusaun fizika no social Timor Lorosa’e nian. La’o Hamutuk fiar katak Povo Timor Lorosa’e mak tenke hakotu iha procesu rekonstrusaun ne’e nia laran no procesu rekonstrusaun ne’e tenke demokratiku no transparante duni.
Local Contact:  P.O. Box 340, Dili, East Timor (via Darwin, Australia)  Mobile fone: +61(408)811373;  Telefone Uma: +670(390)325-013
International contact: +1-510-643-4507
Email: laohamutuk@easttimor.minihub.org  Homepage: http://www.etan.org/lh
Boletim La’o Hamutuk: [Tetum PDF format]
Vol. 1, No. 4, 31 Dejembru 2000 Banku Mundial iha Timor Loro Sa’e: http://www.etan.org/lh/PDFs/lhbul4tm.pdf
Vol. 1, No. 3, 17 Novembro 2000 Hari Sistema Saude Nasional iha Timor Lorosa’e:  http://www.etan.org/lh/PDFs/LHbul3tm.pdf
Vol. 1, No. 2, 17 Julho 2000 Protesaun ba meio ambiente iha TL: http://www.etan.org/lh/PDFs/bulletin02tetum.pdf
Vol. 1, No. 1, 21 Juñu 2000 Rekonciliasaun: http://www.etan.org/lh/PDFs/bulletin01tetum.pdf

English:
La'o Hamutuk: East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis  Updated May 11
La'o Hamutuk (Tetum for Walking Together) is a joint East Timorese-international organization that seeks to monitor, to analyze, and to report on the reconstruction activities of the principal international institutions. It believes that the people of East Timor must be the ultimate decisionmakers in the reconstruction process and that the process should be as democratic and transparent as possible ...
East Timorese staff: Inès Martins, Fernando da Silva, Thomas Freitas; International staff:Pamela Sexton, Mark Salzer Executive board: Sr. Maria Dias, Joseph Nevins, Fr. Jovito Rego de Jesus Araùjo, Aderito Soares
International contact: +1-510-643-4507  Email: laohamutuk@easttimor.minihub.org  Homepage: http://www.etan.org/lh
La’o Hamutuk Bulletin: http://www.etan.org/lh/bulletin.html


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