Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dec 1, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Dec 1, 2003

Timor Post

Together to solidify the independence

During the speech to mark 28th of Independence as declared in 1975, the President, Gusmao, said that everybody has to work together to solidify the independence of Timor-Leste otherwise it will crumble. Mr Gusmao also said that the country has many challenges and difficulties to confront and it needs to find solutions.

This year only for CPD-RDTL says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that CPD-RDTL is allowed to commemorate this year only the 28 November. Dr Alkatiri added that the Government will not tolerate anymore. Dr Alkatiri said that its best for the coordinator of CPD-RDTL, Antonio Ai-Tahan Matak, should not create any more problems, should stop the violence and be quiet.

Dream come through

The Brigadier General for F-FDTL, Taur Matan Ruak, said that 28 November is an historic date to bear in mind. He added that twenty years ago many people thought that independence was going to be difficult to achieve. Mr Ruak said that this dream has come through and become a reality.

Pay to avoid blackouts

The State Secretary for Water and Electricity, Egido de Jesus, said that to avoid further blackouts, consumers had to start paying their power bills. He added that otherwise the Government they will not be able to pay for diesel to run the electricity generators.

Telephone important for the development

Timor Telecom delivered on its promise that by 28 November, 13 districts will have access to phones and internet. On the day of the inauguration the Prime Minister, the President and the President of Parliament all made calls to the districts, including to the enclave of Oe-Cussi.

Special Police Force under Internal Ministry

The Minister for Internal Affairs, Tiago Rogerio Lobato, said that the Special Police Force will start training in a few weeks time and afterwards they will be under his Ministry. Mr Lobato said that the Government will need to define the task of this Special Force.


PM asked youth to avoid HIV/AIDS

During the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the best way for the youth to avoid HIV/AIDS is to not engage in risky activities. He added that HIV/AIDS is transmitted but you don't see it coming.

Workshop on Corruption

During a workshop about corruption and nepotism , the Inspector General, Mariano Lopes da Cruz, said that there is no law yet in Timor-Leste to control or regulate corruption. He added that he will seek close cooperation with local government and the community to prevent it.

East Timorese officials not above the law

East Timorese government officials are not above the law, President Xanana Gusmao reminded them during a speech marking the young country's short-lived independence declaration 28 years ago. "I hope that those who lead this nation will concentrate on their awareness of their responsibilities and in that way we can attain a healthy independence" said the President Gusmao. The President reminded political and government leaders, the police, military and other officials and intellectuals to "handle their responsibility well" and asked citizens to believe in the process of national development.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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