Subject: East Timor Press Review 22 August 2002

East Timor Press Review

22 August 2002

· Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Ramos-Horta invited yesterday’s protesters, including former Falintil members, militants of Democratic Popular Commission of the Democratic Republic of East Timor (CPD-RDTL) for a dialogue and clarification session at the university Gymnasium in Dili today. President Xanana Gusmão, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo participated in the event, reports Timor Post.

· TP reported National Parliament President, Francisco ‘Lu’olo’ Guterres, as saying, “I am not accepting a national dialog with street groups people.”

· Director of Dili National Hospital, Rogerio Pedro Sam stated that the National Hospital staff are prepared to accept a Police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by a patient on a on-duty nurse.

· MP Jose Manuel Fernando says an enquiry is needed into the shootings at Becora prisoner in Dili last Friday jailbreak out.

· An Environment and Sustainable Development Specialist, Naori Nakamoto announced that Dili district and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) would work together in the general clean up of Dili town on Sunday.

· Head of East Timor lawyers, Aniceto Neves said that East Timor government is not serious taking the decision of Jakarta Ad Hoc tribunal.

· TP reported that the police mounted tight security at the National Parliament building yesterday during the protest held by CPD-RDTL members.

· Suara Timor Lorosa’e reported that National Parliament President, Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres was disappointed that he was invited as an individual and not as representative of the Parliament to the dialogue between CPD-RDTL members.

· Yesterday’s protest coordinator and former Falintil, Jacob Correia said the government should replace Falintil with FDTL because Falintil has been the people’s army.

· It is reported that the two Timorese bishops met with President Xanana Gusmão to discuss about the national political situation and how to neutralize it.

· STL also reported on the demonstration held by CPD-RDTL members yesterday demanding a national dialog between members of the National Parliament and former resistant members as well as Falintil.

· Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Ramos-Horta stated that Timorese people should appreciate the International community because they are helping the Timorese and not colonizing this country.

· STL has reported that a local NGO together with ILO provided a 2-days workshop about the rights and capability of works for women in the future.

· It is reported that 20th August commemoration of was sad but at the same time a happy one. .

[Drafted by the UNMISET Spokespersons Office]

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