Subject: Daily Media Review 26 August 2003


Subject: Daily Media Review 26 August 2003

Dili, August 26 2003

Daily Press Review

Xanana: We Will not Tolerate Groups That Threaten The Population

President Xanana Gusmão told local media in Camanasa [Suai] last Wednesday that the Timorese authorities will not tolerate the activity of groups of civilians which escaped to the mountains or to the jungle and later decided to come back to conduct illegal action or threaten the population, it was reported by 'Timor Post'. Xanana made the above comment in response to some concerns about the activity of such groups, raised by the population in the areas of Suco Isolados, said the newspaper. (TP)

Xanana Received Political Leaders

On Saturday, President Xanana Gusmão received about sixty representatives of Timorese political parties as well as members of the National Parliament for informal consultations. The Speaker of the Parliament Francisco Guterres told the media that these kind of informal meetings should be organized as often as possible. According to the media, President Xanana made an appeal to the leaders of the political parties in order to deal more carefully with the expectations of the population. (STL)

Ramos Horta in Geneva

Timor-Leste's Foreign Minister Jose Ramos, has left Dili on Tuesday, to represent his country in Sergio Vieira de Mello's funeral in Geneva, reported Lusa. According to the Portuguese news agency, the name of UN envoy killed in Baghdad will be given to one of the main street in Dili, where UN has its first mission, UNNAMET and UNTAET initially had its Headquarters.

Timor-Leste Presses for Greater Oil Share

The ownership of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, worth up to AUD$30 billion, are to be negotiated between the Australian and Timor-Timorese governments in the near future, reported ABC News. The reserves are one of the richest in the region, and both countries are staking a claim for them. Australia is seeking 80 per cent of the reserves while Timor-Leste wants exclusive access. Timor-Leste's Foreign Affairs Minister, Jose Ramos Horta, says he expects the negotiations to be "lengthy and complex". (ABC News)

New Force Commander in Dili

The new PKF Force Commander designate, Lieutenant General Dato Pahlawan Khairudin Bin Mat Yasuf, who arrived in Dili on Sunday, was received in an audience on Monday by the President of the Republic. The current Force Commander, Major General Tan Hwek Gim, who will be leaving on Friday, introduced him to President Xanana Gusmão. (RTL, STL)

Memorial Services in Dili ­ Correction

The content of the sixth paragraph of yesterday's Daily Press Preview ("Memorial Service in Dili") was distorted by a 'cut and paste' problem. It should be read as follows:

About the loss of Sergio Vieira de Mello, he said: "It is being felt by us here in Timor-Leste with particular anguish and despair. As we all know, Sergio devoted his career to the service of humanity. He worked tireless towards assisting in the resolution of conflict, the relief of suffering, and the promotion of human rights throughout the world. Sergio was universally recognized as only an outstanding international public servant, but a rare one. His energy, charm, sincerity, sheer ability, dedication, fellow feeling and public spiritedness won the admiration and gratitude of all those who knew him and of him. The enormity of his loss is felt with a sharpness of pain we feel for the most extraordinary people." (STL, TP, UNMISET)

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