Subject: Local Media Monitoring - August 8, 2003



August 8, 2003


President Xanana receives New South Korean and Czech Ambassadors H.E President Xanana Gusmao, yesterday received credentials from the new South Korean Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Mr Jin Kyu Ryoo at Palace of Ashes. Mr Ryoo replaces the first South Korean Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, H.E Mr Lim Byong-Hyo, who left the country in June this year. The Republic of South Korea is one of the donor nations to Timor-Leste. Since 1999 South Korea has supported Timor-Leste in many areas include its contribution in the provision of military force within Peace Keeping Force.

The Czech Republic is the latest country to appoint an Ambassador to Timor-Leste. H.E President Xanana Gusmao, yesterday also received credentials from the first Czech Ambassador to Timor-Leste, H.E Ambassador Jaroslav Vesely, at Palace of Ashes in Caicoli-Dili. In addition to this new appointment, Ambassador Vesely is currently serving as the Czech Republic Ambassador to Indonesia. Ambassador Vesely previously served as a senior staff member of the Foreign Relations Section of the UN Mission in Mozambique as well as a military observer. "The relationship of the Czech Republic with Timor-Leste is far from starting with this solemn ceremony. For many years, former President Haclav Havel kept our cause high on his political agenda and a Nobel Peace Laureate, together with Timor-Leste Foreign Affairs Minister ramos Horta, was outspoken on the steadfastness of our people for self-determination" said President Xanana.


Timorese Association of Social Democratic Party (ASDT), yesterday held a press conference to release the party's political statement. The spokesperson for the ASDT, Mr Feliciano Fatima, read the political statement saying that the ASDT condemns and rejects all forms of action which do not respect human dignity, anti-democratic attitudes and using violence as a means to gain political goal. The article quoted the spokesperson's political statement as saying that the statement was based on recent political development analysis by the elite politicians of this country. Mr Fatima said that the friction among the nation's elite politicians has reached an acute phase. Mr Fatima gave example of the eviction of Mr Mario Carrascalao from his house and the question of the nationality of Mr Mari Alkatiri and Roque Rodrigues.


The Director of Catholic Relief Service in West Timor, Mr Florentino Sarmento, yesterday met with president Xanana Gusmao to congratulate the President for his initiative on the reconciliation program between Timorese in West Timor and Timor-Leste. Mr Sarmento also thanked the President for the support and trust in Catholic Relief Service to take part in the reconciliation process during the past three years.


The Public Defender's Office yesterday sent a protest note to the Power Authority (EDTL), complaining that the pre-paid electricity went off after only a few hours. Due to lack of electricity, the Public Defender's office activities were interrupted. The head of the Dili District Public Defender's office, Mr Vicente Fernandes e Brito, said that the suspension of his office work could affect the whole judicial system work.



In response to questions from the Timor Post, the President of the Timorese Association of Social democratic Party (ASDT), Mr Francisco Xavier do Amaral, yesterday said that there is no need to question the nationality of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. Mr Amaral said that Mr Mari Alkatiri was an independence activist who fought for the liberation of this country.


Timor Post also reported on the ASDT political statement regarding the current political atmosphere. In brief, the statement in Timor Post said that the ASDT appealed to all political parties in Timor-Leste to put the national interest above personal interest. The statement said the people want stability and peace as pre-requisite for the national development.

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