Subject: East Timor Press Review 15 October 2002

East Timor Press Review

15 October 2002

· Suara Timor Lorosae front page carried a photo of the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Richard Smith receiving flowers wreath from Jakarta residents who visit his office to express their condolence over the death of Australians in the recent bomb explosion in Bali.

· STL quoted the Officer in Charge of UNMISET Spokesperson, Ceu Brites as saying those 7 UNMISET staff were victims of the Bali incident.

· It is reported that both President Xanana Gusmão and the National Parliament expressed deep sympathy to the people and government of Indonesia over the Bali tragedy.

· STL reported that Foreign Minister José Ramos-Horta has condemned the Bali terrorist operation.

· National Parliament President, Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres was quoted as saying that the government has been asked to improve the national security mechanism because the Bali-type tragedy can happen in East Timor if the security in the border is not tightened.

· In anticipating the Bali tragedy, the Bishop of Baucau Diocese, Basilio do Nascimento was quoted as saying that East Timor government should stay alert towards every sign of terrorist groups attempt to get into East Timor.

· Indonesian Head of Mission, Kristiyo Wahyono suggested that, following the Bali incident, it is better for UNMISET, PKF and other international organizations staff to temporarily cancel their visa to Bali.

· Dili District Administrator, Ruben Braz de Carvalho stressed that it is the government and the resident’s responsibility to design a good and beautiful Dili city.

· It is reported that 39 cases were abandoned due to judges absent in the local Court of Appeal.

· In response to a recent statement made by the Minister of Justice, Ana Pessoa on the local television, TVTL, noting that the actions taken by East Timor Lawyers Association, AATL was not professional, the President of AATL, Benevides Correia Barros stated that in fact the Minister herself was not professional in leaving the country 10 days after her nomination to go on a three month leave.

· Vice President of National Parliament, Jacob Fernandes urged AAT not to burden the people seeking justice with demonstration in front of Dili District Court.

· Head of Suai District Court, Francisco Agostinho Pinto said the court started to function on 14 October after its inauguration on 13 September.

· Indonesian Bank Mandiri, will operate in East Timor by the end of the year. STL quoted Head of Indonesian mission, Kristiyo Wahyono as confirming.

· It is reported that Bishop Basilio Nascimento of Baucau Diocese yesterday signed an agreement of Cooperation with UNICEF on the Pastoral Project for Children.

· MP Elias Freitas (Baucau District Representative) was quoted as saying that Catholic schools students in his area are complaining over high school fees payment.

· Government, Parliament, Police and PKF as East Timor authority institutions should take necessary measures to prevent the terrorist and their actions, Timor Post quoted FDTL Chief of Staff, Colonel Lere Anan Timor as saying.

· Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres, President of National Parliament said that the Bali tragedy shows that it is necessary to have stability and security reported TP.

· National Parliament has been reported as condemning the Bali bomb explosion tragedy in Bali on Saturday. The plenary session yesterday started with one minute of silence for the soul of those who died in the incident.

· East Timor Police Service (ETPS) Commissioner, Paulo Martins said that ETPS is ready to secure the residence of foreign ambassadors, NGOs offices as well as places often frequented by foreigners

· It is reported that the Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) asked President Gusmão to establish court of appeal in East Timor. In its 14 October press release, JSMP, in addition, asked the President and the National Parliament to make an inventory judge’s names to be appointed to the court.

· TP quoted Benevides Correia Barros of AATL was quoted as saying that AATL plans to coordinate a coalition with NGOs to take a stand on the government over the Border Control case.

· It is reported that security in the Australian embassy in Dili increased after the Bali incidents.

· The would be East Timor Ambassador to Indonesia, Arlindo Francisco Marçal was quoted as saying that it is not easy being an ambassador. But, in addition, he said that with the confidence given to him by the government, he hopes to do his best in his new job.

· The Bali tragedy will have an impact on the economy of East Timor in the near future, TP quoted Lucas da Costa, and Rector of Dili University as saying.

· In a separate article, Minister of Transport and Telecommunication, Ovidio de Jesus Amaral also said that the Bali tragedy would affect the operations of the Indonesian airlines, Merpati.

· MP Alfredo da Silva of Aileu District representative is reportedly upset with the presence of illegal foreigners doing business in that district and sub-districts as well as the lack of interest from the people in preserving the environment by burning the forest, cutting trees and selling them.

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