Subject: East Timor Press Review 09 August, 2002

East Timor Local Press

Friday, 9 August 2002

Summary of local media monitoring August 9, 2002

· Timor Post today reported that Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, appealed to students to support the government in the development of a better future, calling it democratic participation.

· Avelino Coelho (PST) denied allegations made by PM Mari Alkatiri of his party’s support of the student’s demonstration three days ago.

· TP reported that the head of Dili District Court, Aderito Tilman, said that the court is awaiting instructions from the government on the Border Control case.

· Three Audian residents were badly beaten last night, at around 20:00, by ETPS officers.

· Fifteen people were treated for injuries at the Dili National Hospital yesterday when the truck they were travelling in overturned in Tibar, in the outskirts of Dili.

· The paper reported that the Dili District Administration continues with its Tidy Town program.

· The paper ran a story on a public information campaign encouraging residents of Ainaro and Aileu Districts to pay electricity fees.

· TP reported that residents of Ainaro District are organizing sports events to celebrate the third referendum anniversary scheduled for 4 September.

· Suara Timor Lorosa’e front page ran a story on President Xanana Gusmão’stalk during the II Congress organized by the University Students Council yesterday by saying “when we speak about the new context, new political situation in our country this means we are already an independent nation. Congress, debates, and workshops are all important but we shall not only think about these. More important is to think about everyday activities in our lives because if we don’t think carefully we make mistakes.”

· PM Mari Alkatiri has reportedly stated that Prosecutor Longuinhos has put in an appeal to the High Court regarding the Border Control case. The Prosecutor-General, reported STL, has disputed such a statement.

· PM Mari Alkatiri has stated that the National Parliament will ratify the Convention on all forms of Discrimination against Women.

· Aderito Tilman, the Head of Dili Court, stressed that the Court’s executives will maintain their position on the Border Control case. The paper reported on the judge’s strike, which began 6 August.

· STL reported that water canals throughout Dili are full of dirt.

· STL has reported that six thousand businesses have registered with the Trade and Industry in East Timor. The paper suggests that all business must acquire a license to be able to operate in East Timor.

· Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Ramos-Horta, says he is not clear about the status of the Floating Boat from Thailand. Mr. Horta said that if the boat wants to remain in East Timor the owner will have to sit and discuss this option with the government.

[Drafted by UNMISET Spokesperson’s Office]

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