UN Peace Keeping Force from Japan hold their rifles as they watch UN Transitional Administration on East Timor (UNTAET) chairman Sergio Vierra de Mello (not pictured) during a honour ceremony in front of the UNTAET headquarters in Dili, 17 May 2002.  Mello will be leaving East Timor soon after leading the country as UNTAET Secretary Geneal for over two years. The new nation of East Timor, counting down its independence in a few days, is Asia's poorest country and is need of considerable international assistance.   AFP PHOTO/Weda (Photo credit should read WEDA/AFP/Getty Images)