Subject: East Timor Press Review 2 September, 2002

East Timor Press Review

2 September, 2002

On the front page of Suara Timor Lorosa, East Timor’s President, Xanana Gusmão appealed to all Timorese to burn candles and pray for the victims of 4th of September 1999 as its third anniversary approaches.

STL reported that last Thursday the Portuguese ambassador to Jakarta Ana Gomes, visited the Timorese refugees in Atambua in which she stated that the second visit of President Gusmão to West Timor has strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

The paper reported that last Monday, Baucau police officers confiscated 6-truck load of sandalwood on the way from Baucau to Dili.

On Saturday, members of the Malaysia mission celebrated the country’s 45- independence day at Hotel Timor. President, Xanana Gusmão and family, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak and others members of government were present at the event.

The paper reported that the Dili National Hospital treats around 40-50 children of cholera related diseases a day in its emergency ward.

STL also reported that a child hit by a car driven by the vice-minister of health, Luis Lobato passed away last month. The Minister of Health has requested an investigation into the case.

President of NP Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterress was quoted as saying that the political party, FRETILIN is ready to accept anyone who wishes to join the party reported Timor Post.

The military advisor L-7 was quoted as saying that former Falintil has a right to be looked after by the East Timor Government. He also said that the government should give jobs to former Falintil members so they can live comfortably following the earlier suffering.

The Department of Health will launch its polio promotion this month with its National Immunization campaign for the babies under the age of five.

Minister of Education Youth and Sport, Armindo Maia officially opened the first Developmental Information Management System Project in Vila Verde Dili today.

TP has reported that Coffee owners, businessmen and workers have complaint of plunging coffee prices.

[Drafted by UNMISET Spokesperson Office]

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