Subject: East Timor Press Review 18 October 2002

East Timor Press Review

18 October 2002

Suara Timor Lorosae quoted Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Teme as saying that after formally becoming a member of the UN, the world body has not yet decided on the membership fee for Timor-Leste to pay.

STL reported that Primer Minister Mari Alkatiri discussed Timor oil exploration with the Angolan Government during his recent visit to that African Portuguese speaking country.

Director of Land and Property, Pedro Sousa Xavier was quoted as saying that the nuance of handling both Portuguese and Indonesian assets are political. Therefore, he urged the Government to issue a law on Land and Investment as soon as possible as a basis for the Government to identify and classify all mobile and immobile properties.

In a separate article, Mr., Sousa Xavier said that the Government of Timor Leste should issue a one-year deadline instruction to all foreigners who own mobile and immobile properties in East Timor to present proof of ownership.

Cecilio Caminha, Executive Director of East Timor NGOs umbrella organization, NGO Forum is upset with Members of Parliament for not attending the "Training on Human Rights Law and UN Procedure", organized recently by the Forum and the Geneva-based Center for Human Rights Service reported STL.

Secretary of State for Labor and Solidarity, Arsenio Bano stressed that Timorese workers took their own initiatives in seeking employment in Ireland. It was not the government decision.

It is reported that the Border Control Office delayed the deportation of two Filipinos because they did not have money to pay for their airline ticket.

The Government of Timor Leste has allocated US$ 900,000 for repairing bridges throughout the country, the Director of Road and Bridge of Public Work Department, Odete Genoveva announced.

In a separate article, Ms da Costa said that a routine maintenance is done every year to a road with the length of 1,860 km throughout Timor-Leste

Vice Minister of Health, Luis Lobato said that his department would recruit another 730 nurses to be deployed throughout the country in order to fill in the gap currently faced by the department.

It is reported that a one-day seminar on Land issue, organized by East Timor Study Group last Thursday discussed the land survey done by the group in Uatulari, Viqueque sub-district and Ermera District. Pedro Sousa Xavier from the land and property department participated in the debate.

STL reported that the 138th anniversary of World Credit Union Movement and the 12th anniversary of Timor-Leste Credit Union were celebrated on Thursday by its members.

Secretary-General of Timor-Leste Lawyers Association (AATL) Cancio Xavier was quoted, as saying that the moratorium action conducted by his group is to alert the people that justice must be defended in the country.

A request has been presented by the National Parliament to 12 District Administrators to register their residents living in Dili in order to identify the number of residents living in the districts and in the capital reported STL reported. The registration will assist the Government in identifying unemployment in each district.

It is reported that based on the recent Joint Commission agreement between Timor-Leste and Indonesia, Indonesian Government will repair the Seroja (Heroes) Cemetery in Dili.

Timor Post quoted Secretary of State for Labor and Solidarity, Arsenio Bano as saying that the Government will not be responsible for the lives of Timorese seeking jobs in Ireland because it is their own initiative and not part of the government program.

It is reported that five UNPOL from Timor-Leste have suffered injuries in the recent bombing attack in Bali.

Vice Minister of Health, Luis Lobato said his department has confidential data on the numbers of HIV/AIDS patients in Timor-Leste.

Many Dili residents are facing clean water shortage due to the long dry season.

TP reported that Portuguese Telecom Company, PTI and Timor-Leste Telecom (TT) signed an agreement with the Minister of Transport, Telecommunications and Public Work, Ovidio de Jesus Amaral to officially carry out the telecommunications project in the country.

Estanislau Silva, Minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry was quoted as saying that burning the planting trees is like burning money since it costs money to buy the trees.

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