Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dec 2, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Dec 2, 2003


Indonesia again delays visa plan An Indonesian government plan to make most tourists buy visas, which was due to come into force, has been delayed again amid strong opposition from tourist industry representatives. The immigration department said it was now hoped to start the new scheme in January. "We still have several inputs to consider and we hope to begin to halt the use of the visa-free facilities in January 2004," said spokesman Ade Endang Dachlan. He said the postponement was agreed during a recent meeting between Justice Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra, whose ministry oversees immigration, and representatives of the travel and tourism industry and the tourism media. "There only remains some disagreement on the cost of the visas on arrival but it looks like we will soon have an agreement on that matter," Dachlan said.

Timor Post

Cannot ban CPD-RDTL

Observer for Political and Military Affairs from UNTIL, Julio Thomas Pinto, said that the Government of Timor-Leste cannot ban CPD-RDTL or anybody because there's no basic law to allow such action. Mr Pinto said that members of CPD-RDTL have the right to commemorate independence day on 28th November.

Shortfall in new centavos coins

A Member of the National Parliament, Antonio Ximenes, said that the new coins for Timor-Leste officially launched on 28th November have not reached some sectors of the population. Mr Ximenes said that he was surprised to find that some people are still ignorant about the new centavos. He added that dissemination of information is vital for people to be able to understand the new centavos.

Heavy corruption in private sector

During a speech at the Business Management Centre, the Vice-Minister of Development and Environment, Abel da Costa Freitas Ximenes, said that corruption thrives not only in Government but also at the private sector. Mr Ximenes said that in the private sector, corruption is widespread and "heavy". He added that people have to understand that corruption can make the country crumble.


Four Timorese infected with AIDS

During a launch of the worldwide campaign for HIV/AIDS the Minister of Health, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo, said that so far Timor-Leste has registered four cases of HIV/AIDS. He added that of the four, two patients infected of HIV had died already. Dr Araujo also said that people should not discriminate against those who are suffering from this disease.

Australia warns of possible terrorist attacks in Turkey and East Timor

Australia has warned its citizens that further terrorists attacks "may be imminent" in Turkey and could also happen in East Timor. "Australians are advised to defer nonessential travel to Turkey until further notice" the foreign ministry said in a statement. Separately, the foreign ministry also warned Australians to "exercise extreme caution in the light of possible terrorist threats in East Timor".

Clean water for Suco Betano

A member from the community of Suco Betano, District of Manufahe, Placido Noronha, said that with the World Bank support the community now has clean water to drink. He added that further work was needed to provide water to every household within the community.

Timor-Leste will make it

The Brigadier General of F-FDTL, Taur Matan Ruak, said that for this country to be strong and ensure well-being the people have to unite. He added that unity is the best solution for the future development of Timor-Leste.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 3110 Tel: 332 4649 Email:

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