Subject: Local Media Monitoring - August 6, 2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

August 6, 2003

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PRESIDENT OF FRETILIN STATEMENT ON POLITICAL INSTABILITY

The President of Fretilin, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, yesterday made a statement regarding the current increasing political tensions among political leaders. Mr Lu-Olo said that his party wants to embrace all people. Mr Lu-Olo said that his party wanted to avoid the experience of coup d'etat in 1975. The article said that the political statement was made to cool down the current political friction among political elites of the nation regarding important issues such as the eviction of Mario Carrascalao from his house and the nationality status of Mr Mari Alkatiri and Roque Rodrigues.

PRIME MINISTER VISITS THAILAND

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri yesterday departed on a trip to Thailand for a four day official visit. During the visit the Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, Minister of Finance and Planning, Madalena Boavida, and the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Estanislao da Silva. The Prime Minister told reporters that the main purpose of the visit was to fulfill the invitation of the Thai Government.

THE LAND AND PROPERTY LAW LACK OF SOCIALIZATION

The Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Matebian Community University ? Baucau, Mr Lino Lopes, said that the controversy regarding the eviction of Mario Carrascalao from his house was due to lack of public information about the Land and Property Law, before it was implemented. Mr Lopes said that as a consequence, public opinion was split into two blocks - Those sharing the opinion of Mr Mario Carrascalao, and those sharing the view of the Government.

DR. RAMOS HORTA SAYS "OPPOSITION MUST BUILD CREDIBILITY" The Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, yesterday said that if the Opposition Parties want to gain credibility and influence, they should not criticize government officials' personalities, but should instead study government issues and develop constructive criticism.

TIMOR POST

PRESIDENT OF FRETILIN SAYS: "POLITICALLY AMBITIOUS TO BRING DOWN THE GOVT"

The President of Fretilin, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, yesterday said that there are people who are politically ambitious and will stop at nothing to bring down the Government. Mr Lu-Olo spoke to reporters at the party's office in Comoro-Dili. Asked by journalist to identify which groups Mr Lu-Olo was referring to, he just said that "everybody knows".

PM SAYS : "I STARTED THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE WITH NICOLAU LOBATO, NOT LUCIA LOBATO"

In response to Mrs Lucia Lobato questioning of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's nationality status, the Prime Minister said that he started the liberation struggle together with Nicolau Lobato not with Lucia Lobato. The Prime Minister said that Mrs Lucia Lobato needs to learn more. ( The article does not elaborate further). The Prime Minister yesterday told reporters at Nicolau lobato International Airport. (Nicolau Lobato was the Prime Minister and then President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in 1975. He was proclaimed unilaterally).

COMMUNITY FOUND GRENADES

The Interior Minister, Mr Rogerio Lobato, yesterday said that the community has found grenades and handed them over to National Police. The article did not mention the place where the grenades were found, nor the community who found them.

RAMOS HORTA: "GOVT AND OPPOSITIONS MUST HAVE A DIALOGUE"

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, yesterday urged the Government to undertake a dialogue with the Opposition Parties. Dr Ramos Horta said that the dialogue could serve to evaluate what has been done by the Government, and discuss the Opposition's feedback and inputs.


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