Subject: East Timor Press Review, 3 December 2002

East Timor Press Review Dili, 3 December 2002

President Gusmão Requests Meetings with Political Parties President Xanana Gusmão on Monday started a series of meetings with heads of political parties to discuss their vision about the current situation in the country. Speaking to Suara Timor Lorosae after meeting the President, PSD President, Mario Carrascalão stated that problems’ arising in Timor-Leste is due to the government centralization program and not addressing the communities concerns. Carrascalão added that Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri must take into consideration the critical remarks made by President Gusmão about the government, especially in regards to MIA, Rogério Lobato in order to resolve some of the problems and avoid a crisis. (STL 3/12)

KOTA Asks for Rogério to Be Replaced MP Manuel Tilman (KOTA) told the media yesterday that his party supports the President demands for a cabinet reshuffle due to incompetence within the government. Tilman said if there is no change his party will demand PM, Mari Alkatiri to resign (STL, TP, Lusa 3/12)

New Nation’s Population to Double By 2050 A report released on Tuesday by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that Timor-Leste’s populations will double to 1,41 million by the year 2050 reported Lusa. The document also pointed that infant mortality rate is high in the new country with 120 death per1000 lives. (Lusa 2/12)

CPD-RDTL Representatives Met Prime Minister CPD-RTL Sector 1 Political Commissariat, José Martins on Monday met Prime Minister Alkatiri on Monday to discuss the August 2002 national dialogue which up-to-date the group had not received an answer. Martins told the media the date 28 November was a good timing to remind Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri and President Gusmão about the outcome of the dialogue. Speaking to journalists, Jose Martins said in the meeting with the Minister he requested the UN Special Representative in Timor-Leste, Kamalesh Sharma to recognize RDTL’s flag and the institutions beneath it, like Falintil, 1975 constitution. He said the justice and economy sectors must be all handed to the government, and the President. Martins added it is not correct to divide the responsibilities between UN, the government and the President “because it is a big problem for the people”. After meeting with CPD-RDTL representative, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told the media that rumors about his resignation, as Minister is false. Alkatiri said he would meet with President Gusmão to discuss about a national dialogue to hear the problems between government and the population.(STL 3/12)

UN Not Interested in Portuguese Presence and Support UN has not been “interested” in the use of Portuguese language in Timor-Leste and is not favoring the Portuguese presence and advisors in the country, said João Campos, the Portuguese Deputy Secretary of State and Assistant to Minister of Justice. Campos said the position of UN “makes it difficulty” for many Portuguese professionals who have shown interested in coming to Timor-Leste. To overcome the difficulties presented by UN, Portugal will continue to use the bilateral channel to directly finance magistrates and Portuguese judges to support the Timorese in this area, said Suara Timor Lorosae. (STL 3/12)

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