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East Timor

In East Timor, for the first time, Australia organized and led a multinational peacekeeping operation. Interfet, which landed in East Timor in September 1999, was highly successful in quelling militia violence against the East Timorese people. Twenty-two nations contributed forces to Interfet, but more than half the troops were Australians. In February 2000, Interfet handed over to a United Nations operation, which now faces the enormous task of helping the East Timorese restore their society and create a nation from scratch.

AWM P03184.265Soldiers of the 108th Battery, 4th Field Regiment, part of the International Force for East Timor (Interfet),1999. P03184.265