Subject: East Timor Press Review 26 September 2002

East Timor Press Review

26 September 2002

· Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri stated that East Timor would not side with United States on Iraq attack Mr. Alkatiri said the problem is between the two countries and East Timor government interfere reported Suara Timor Lorosae.

· STL front page carried a photo of Prime Minister Alkatiri, Minister of Finance Minister Boavida, Minister for Telecommunications and Public Transport, Ovidio de Jesus on their visit to the Bayu Udan oilrig.

· A box story with a photo of SRSG, STL Chief-Editor, Salvador Soares and other staff read: Kamalesh Sharma paid a visit to STL complex. It reported that it was SRSG first visit to STL office. In the middle page STL carried another photo of Chief-Editor, Salvador Soares greeting SRSG upon his arrival at the newspaper compound.

· FDTL Chief of Staff, Commander Colonel, Lere Anan said East Timorese should be proud with the admission of East Timor into the UN because soon the RDTL flag will hoisted in the UN Compound.

· Members of Parliament began voting on the proposed bill on nationality. Articles 1-5 have been approved unanimously. Article 6 of the bill raised intense debate among the different political parties but was passed with majority of votes from FRETILIN.

· STL reported that on 22 September, CPD-RDTL members elected Francisco Freitas as the new Secretary-General to replace Jacob Freitas who decided to quit the organization. CPD-RDTL coordinator, Antonio Aitahan Matak has requested that accusation be stopped on his group as creating instability in the country. He added that his organization already presented a report to the UN Independent Commission and to the Security Council currently in East Timor. He would like to know the progress of UN security in the country.

· Timor Post front page reported that students demanded management change and lower university fees during the dialog between the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Armindo Maia held in Dili yesterday.

· It is reported that the second group of around 427 former Indonesia civil servants will receive their pension payment on the 2nd of October at BNU in Dili.

· TP reported that at least 63 buffaloes have died due to an illness.

[Drafted by UNMISET Spokespersons Office]

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