Subject: east timor headlines/24July2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Thursday 24 July 2001

1. Political parties accuse UNTAET of breaking promise 
2. Anti-violence youth group formed in Baucau 
3. Ruben: Don’t misuse army uniforms in Timor Lorosae

1. Political parties accuse UNTAET of breaking promise (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page second lead)

A joint campaign by seven political parties to hit the hustings in Lospalos Monday was called off because transportation promised by UNTAET failed to turn up.

“Since seven in the morning all the political party candidates had been waiting for the promised UNTAET transport at the Dili headquarters. The transport just did not show up,” said Clementino Dos Reis Amaral, secretary-general of the Kota Party.

“We don’t really know what happened. Is this a tactic to discourage us?” he asked.

Clementino said the seven political parties will lodge an official complaint with UN Transitional Administrator Sergio Vieira de Mello.

The President of the Christian Democrat Party (PDC) Antonio Ximenes said UNTAET must not make empty promises.

“If promises were not made by UNTAET, we could have arranged the transport ourselves,” said Antonio.

2. Anti-violence youth group formed in Baucau (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page third lead)

An organization comprising youths from 11 martial arts groups, pledging to end violence in Baucau, was formed last week. Calling itself Javio (Juventude anti-Violenca), coordinator Alexio Gusmao Correia said the organization had received the blessings of the Baucau Bishop, the District Administrator and Civpol.

“Since Javio was formed on 13 July, the organization had launched several anti-violence campaigns,” said Alexio.

Javio boasts of 1,000 members and Alexio said the anti-violence group was necessary in Baucau because criminal acts were on the rise in the district.

Alexio said Javio would also be working closely with Civpol in preventing crime in Baucau.

3. Ruben: Don’t misuse army uniforms in Timor Lorosae (Timor Post, Page 2 lead)

In accordance with military rules, civilians are not supposed to wear army uniforms. What more if Indonesian army uniforms were sent to the country? What would it be interpreted as?

These were the questions asked by Dili District Administrator Ruben Joao Braz de Carvalho in an interview with the Timor Post.

“However sent those uniforms [Indonesian army] to Timor Lorosae clearly committed an offence,” said Ruben.

“I heard that the uniforms were meant for a political party. I suggest that they use other kinds of clothes. It’s not appropriate to use TNI uniforms,” he added.

Meanwhile UNTAET spokesperson Barbara Reis said UN Transitional Administrator Sergio Vieira de Mello requested Border Control Services to carry out investigations into the TNI uniform issue.

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