Subject: east timor headlines/9August2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Thursday 9 August 2001

1. PD campaign in Suai colored by flower-laying ceremony 
2. Xanana invites refugees to return home 
3. August 20 deadline for the end of use of rupiahs 
4. Thirty two cases of violence in 9 districts between 3 ­ 8 August ­ Luis Carrilho

1. PD campaign in Suai colored by flower-laying ceremony (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page headline)

The Democratic Party (PD) under the leadership of Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo on Monday campaigned in Suai in order to explain to the people there the party’s political platforms and its various programs.

The campaign began with the laying of wreaths and flowers at the grounds of the Suai Church ­ the place where three priests and hundreds others were killed by the militias after the announcement of the 30 August referendum results.

Leading the campaign was PD President Fernando Lasama de Araujo, PD Secretary-General Mariano Sabino Lopes and PD Political Affairs and External Relations Head Constancio Pinto.

Constancio Pinto told STL that the Suai campaign was peaceful and without incident.

”The people turned out in large numbers, eventhough we id not have any pop bands playing,” he said.

Constancio said PD’s main platform was to fight for democratic values.

“Because of this we never restrict the activities of other parties and will cooperate with them in order to foster a spirit of unity in the country,” said Constancio.

Constancio said at the PD campaign in Suai, the people were reminded that they had an obligation to safeguard democracy. They were also reminded to have mutual respect for one another so that the 30 August election will be peaceful,” he added.

2. Xanana invites refugees to return home (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page second lead)

The second chapter of the Salele talks have started, a month after independence leader Xanana Gusmao met with Mahidi militia leader Cancio Carvalho.

In the second meeting in Suai on Tuesday, Xanana repeated the same message. He urged refugees over the border ­ in Indonesia-controlled West Timor ­ to return home and start a new life with their remaining family members in Timor Lorosae.

UNTAET spokesperson Peter Biro, at a press conference yesterday, said the Suai meeting was also attended by UNTAET Chief of Staff N Parameswaran and Suai community leaders.

“The Suai reconciliation meeting was a conscientious effort to get the refugees back home,” said Biro.

Biro said reconciliation meetings were not confined to two districts ­ Ainaro and Suai ­ but will also focus on other areas.

3. August 20 deadline for the end of use of rupiahs (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page third lead)

UNTAET’s Central Payments Office (CPO) is firm on the 20 August deadline for the end of use of rupiahs. According to UNTAET regulations, those caught using rupiahs for transactions after 20 August could be fined as much as US$5,000.

This was stressed by the CPO’s Dollarisation Adviser Denni Boothen in an interview with STL yesterday.

Denni said those in possession of rupiahs could exchange them at the CPO’s Exchange Counter.

All salaries would be paid in US dollars and that currency will be the oficial currency of Timor Lorosae, said Denni.

Meanwhile Mario Fatima, an Economic Management student at the National University of Timor Lorosae said the use of US dollars as the country’s official currency would bode ill for the East Timor’s exports.

“Our exports like coffee and rice will not be affordable anymore to our neighbours in ASEAN and Australia,” said Mario.

“This is because the US dollar is much higher than ASEAN currencies and the Australian dollar,” he added.

4. Thirty two cases of violence in 9 districts between 3 ­ 8 August ­ Luis Carrilho (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page fourth lead)

Civpol spokesperson Luis Carrilho said yesterday, at a press conference, that between 3 ­ 8 August there were 32 cases of violence in nine districts.

Out of the 32 cases, 13 were house-burning; 9 thefts; 4 attacks; 2 murders and 2 road-accident cases. The other two cases involved domestic violence.

Of the 32 cases, 20 were reported in Dili; 4 in Vivequeque; 2 in Manatuto; 2 in Ermera; 2 in Maliana; 1 case each in Oecusse, Lospalos and Same.

Carrilho said the most disappointing case was in Vivequeque where a reconciliation meeting was held between various groups.

“The truce only held for a few days and then on 4 August houses were burnt in the district,” said Carrilho.


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