Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dec 19, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Dec19, 2003


Unidentified warship fires in Oe-Cussi

The Police Commissioner of PNTL, Paulo de Fatima Martins, said that recently an unidentified warship sailed into the waters of Fatu Sinai, Oe-Cussi, and fired a round of ammunition, scaring the population in that area. Mr Martins said that the Border Patrol units (BPU) in Oe-Cussi reported that an helicopter was seen flying into Timor-Leste air space, also without any identification.

60 more soldiers will be dischard by F-FDTL - says Lere

The F-FDTL Army Chief Coronel, Lere Anan Timur, said that F-FDTL will discharge another 60 soldiers for what he considers laziness, and failure to report back to their duties. He added that the 60 soldiers had abandoned service for at least 15-days without clear reasons and were absent from training.

TL will have special support - says Sharma

The Special Representative of SRSG in Timor-Leste, Kamalesh Sharma, said that with the end of the UNMISET mission next year, Timor-Leste will have a special support team for sectors that need further assistance. Mr Sharma said that before any decision can be made he will meet with the Government of Timor-Leste to decide and prioritise areas that the Government considers vital for the special team to be able to help.

Organized crime - says Police Commissioner

The National Police Commissioner, Paulo de Fatima Martins, said that he considers the recent clash between two martial arts groups (PSHT and KORKA) in Comoro market, as an organized crime. He added that the police are now investigating the reason that led the groups to clash. In the mean time the National Police Force have detained 8 members from one of the martial arts group. They are in custody awaiting trial.

Ex-militia captured after BPU Post detroyed

On today's edition the newspaper reports that an unknown group, possibly former Militias, destroyed the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) post in Passabe, Oe-Cussi Sub-District. According to the newspaper, the former militias currently living in refugee camps in West Timor, crossed the border to Timor-Leste to carry out their activities when BPU officers detained the suspect militia men. The newspaper also reports that in another incident a man identified as Punef Afu and his nephew accidentally crossed the border while attending to their animals. They tried to escape, but gave themselves up after BPU officers fired shots to the air.

Timor Post

Youth to stop rivalry - says Xanana

During East Timor's Truth and Reconciliation Commission public hearing the President, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, appealed to the youth to sort out their differences and stop the violence, especially those involved in the Comoro Market clash. Mr Gusmao also made an appeal to the nation to help and share the burden and love each other instead of using violence.

Private sector can accelerate development

During a workshop for private sector investment the Vice-Minister for Environment and Development, Abel Ximenes, said that the private sector is a sector that can contribute a lot for the development of Timor-Leste. He added that the private sector needs to be developed and thus will create much needed jobs for the people.

UNICEF to help women education

The executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Belammy, said that UNICEF has launched a campaign primarily to identify the challenges faced by women in primary and secondary schools throughout the country. Ms Belammy said that the program will focus mainly on the difficulties women face with their lives.

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

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