Australian troops during a handover ceremony of security operations to the East Timor government in Dili on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

UN hands full police powers to E. Timor

United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor on Wednesday handed full responsibility for policing to Asia’s youngest nation, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao announced.

The National Police of East Timor “are assuming full responsibility for maintaining law and order”, he said in a statement.