Subject: East Timor Press Review 10 October 2002

East Timor Press Review 10 October 2002

Suara Timor Lorosae front page carried a photo of both President Xanana Gusmão and Portuguese Primer Minister Durão Barroso while being interviewed by the Portuguese state TV, RTP.

STL quoted Portuguese newspaper, Diario de Noticias as saying that President Xanana Gusmão would quit any time now as President because was not his own will, but the people’s.

Member of Parliament, Antonio Ximenes of Christian Democratic Party, PDC said that he is ready to proof that there was mismanagement in the police recruitment process.

MP Maria Paixão questioned that if President Xanana withdraw from his post due to health condition, should there be a new election or just wait for him to recover.

Director of Civil Security, David Ximenes was quoted as saying that the security for all government institution buildings throughout East Timor is in the hands of his department.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Ramos-Horta admitted that some agreement have been reached regarding Indonesian assets during the recent Joint Commission meeting in Jakarta.

STL reported that MP Arlindo Marçal of PDC would be East Timor Ambassador to Indonesia quoting Foreign Minister, Ramos-Horta as saying.

Secretary of State for Labor and Solidarity, Arsenio Bano said that it would take time to thorough discuss the labor code.

Nelson Belo, the Judicial System Monitoring Program spokesperson noted that since the beginning, witnesses accurate testimonies at the Jakarta Ad-hoc trials has not been used as reference for consideration in the trials.

MP Clementino dos Reis Amaral of KOTA party urged the Government and the public defenders to sit down and discuss the Border Control case, because it is given a bad impression for the legislative and judiciary bodies.

MP Eusebio Guterres of Democratic Party, PD noted that the Timor Sea Treaty signed on 20 May 2002 was not transparent because the people of East Timor did not know the content of the treaty.

STL quoted Vice President of National Parliament, Francisco Xavier do Amaral as saying that when working on agricultural land the Government should facilitate equip the farmers.

Timor Post’s front page carried a photo of President Xanana Gusmão, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Ramos-Horta and US Secretary of State, Colin Powell at the ceremony of the signing of SOFA agreement between East Timor and US.

On SOFA agreement, Foreign Minister Ramos-Horta said that the agreement does not involve military base in East Timor. It focuses on the effort to create a better relationship between the two countries now and in the future.

In a separate article, Mr. Ramos Horta was quoted as saying that East Timor and Indonesia is trying to reduce military force presence in the border by 2004.

Commenting on the recent call by East Timor Lawyers Association, AATL for donor countries to stop giving legal assistance to East Timor, Secretary General of KOTA party, Manuel Tilman said that all actions by East Timor citizens should be based on the law and not on emotions.

In a separate article, AATL Chairperson, Benevides Correia Barros was quoted as saying that Constitution public defenders will soon be established with the aim of processing the Border Control case in the court.

João Mariano de Sousa Saldanha, Director of East Timor Study Group stated that high unemployment and prices of goods for daily needs in East Timor, is forcing East Timorese seek for in another countries like Ireland.

Foreign Affairs Minister, José Ramos-Horta is happy that he has been nominated to receive the Honorary Doctor Degree from Dili University, reported TP.

It is reported Dili traffic routes will soon be changed, said Director of Land Transportation, Basilio M.X. Teixeira.

Opposition parties at the Parliament are expecting to obtain formal report on the Border Control case, TP quoted MP Leandro Isa’ac of PSD as saying.

Indonesian Republic has agreed with the appointment of Arlindo Marçal as the East Timor Ambassador to Indonesia, said Foreign Minister Ramos-Horta.

Member of Parliament, Clementino dos Reis Amaral said that the Proposed Bill on Land and Immobile Properties is discriminatory.

A new airline company with the name Kakuak Airlines will soon operate in East Timor, said Director of East Timor Civil Aviation. The airlines, he said, has fulfilled the criteria to carry out the work.

Vice Minister of Health, Luis Lobato said that the recent National Immunization Campaign on polio was successful.

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