Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring, Dili, 07 February 2003

Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dili, 07 February 2003

Timor Post & Suara Timor Lorosa'e: Xanana-Mari-Taur Discussed Security of the Nation

On Thursday PM Alkatiri, President Gusmão and Brigadier General Ruak met to discuss about the national security. The meeting was part of the weekly meeting between the PM and the President. After the meeting Alkatiri told the media that the discussion was based on the security of the country and above all the problems of Hatolia and Atsabe. He said that FDTL as an armed force was deployed there to solve the problem but will not replace the police. Alkatiri said that now that the problem has been solved the police would take over, with the assistance of PKF according to the agreement between the Government and UNMISET. The Minister added that other issues raised during the meeting were the local government administration in the districts and sub-districts.

Timor Post, Suara Timor Lorosa'e: Ruak: No Conflict in Timor After PKF Withdrawal, FDTL Will Not Be Deployed Throughout The Country

In an interview with "Timor Post" Brigadier-General Ruak said he is confident that conflict will not rise among the Timorese people after the withdrawal of PKF. He said, " I do not believe it will happen because the Timorese people know all about suffering and loving one another". He added, " certainly we are still weak. But we must remember that we have only gained our independence and it will take time to gain experience and create better conditions in the difficulties time ahead. But hopefully we will overcome these problems and in ten or twenty years time we will have a more effective forces," said Ruak. The Brigadier General also said that it is not possibility to deploy FDTL throughout the country. In the meantime they would be deployed in areas in need. " We are in the process of discussing this issue further. I feel that our government and the UN are the ones to really look into this problem," said the Brigadier General.

Timor Post, Suara Timor Lorosa'e, Lusa:Fretilin Central Committee (CCF) Meeting in Dili

The two days meeting of Fretilin Central Committee which starts today (Friday) in Dili will determine a structural and "necessary" readjustment of the party, said the secretary-general, Mari Alkatiri. " From this meeting I hope there will be a reinforcement of Fretilin from base to the top. It is a meeting, which will provide general guidelines for the structural readjustment in Fretilin," he added.

Timor Post: Amaral: Tight Security For Plane's Black Box

Minister of Transport, Communication and Public Works, Ovidio de Jesus Amaral said that the black box of the Russian plane that crashed near Baucau last week has been transported to Dili under tight security and will be taken to Russia by a member of the investigation commission. He said representatives of the Russian company that owns the plane are coming to Timor not to investigate, but to check the place of the accident. He added that families of the deceased are coming as well, to collect the bodies of their loved ones, which are currently in the UN military hospital.

Suara Timor Lorosae: Government Met With Donors' Countries

The Government and the UN met with donors' countries on Thursday to study the rural plan, which the government would like to start in the district of Viqueque, reported STL. The event was organized by UNMISET and attended by Prime Minister Alkatiri, Justice Minister Pessoa, Minister for Planning and Finance, Madalena Boavida, TLPS Commissioner, Paulo Martins and Vice-Minister of Justice Domingos Sarmento. Representatives from the donors' side were EU, PORTUGAL, Finland, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, USA and other countries. Speaking to the media afterwards, Deputy SRSG, Sukehiro Hasegawa said the purpose of the meeting was to listen to the government's explanation on its plans for rural development.

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