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Jakarta, May 10 (Lusa) - An United Nations advance team inspected the airport in the East Timorese city of Baucau Sunday to evaluate its potential as a logistical base for the UN mission that will prepare the territory's Aug. 8 plebiscite.

Located 130 kms east of Dili, Baucau is East Timor's second biggest city and its airport can handle large aircraft.

"Apparently, Baucau will be the logistical center for the arrival of equipment for the UN police force, but there are some problems with the airport's illumination system," a Timorese source told Lusa.

The UN team was accompanied to Baucau by an Indonesian Interpol officer.

Meanwhile, the UN's first civilian police official, Om Prakash Rathor of India, arrived in Dili Saturday.

The UN's senior police adviser, Rathor said he would spend one week in East Timor, studying security needs for the autonomy or independence plebiscite.


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