Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring, 17 Feb 03

Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring

Dili, 17 February 03

STL,TP: Demonstrations Against Attack on Iraq

A group of around 50 people on Saturday demonstrated in front of the American, British and Australian embassies in Dili against the possibility of an attack against war on Iraq. The demonstration was peaceful. Speaking to the media after a seminar in Dili on "The Crisis in Iraq and its Implication in the Region", on Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Ramos-Horta said that the crisis would divert international attention from Timor-Leste. He said " I think, first, the United States must give an opportunity to the United Nations, above all to Inspector Hans Splix to allow him to work and convince Saddam Husein to abolish the nuclear and biological weapons programmes", said Ramos-Horta.

STL, TP: Council of Ministers Discussed Timor Sea Law

The Council of Ministers started to discuss the exploration of resources of Timor Sea in its meeting on Thursday, Prime-Minister Mari Alkatiri told the media. According to Alkatiri, a law on domestic violence was approved during the meeting.

STL: Bobonaro Residents Worried About Group Activities

Residents of Bobonaro District are concerned with the alleged resumption of activities of Kolimau 2000 in that area reported STL on Monday. The newspaper cited a resident named Domingos Maubau who said, " They have been threatening us. Those who have fled to the jungle are now resuming their activities by stealing animals and assaulting houses and robbing the people". He said these people had fled when FDTL were deployed to Atsabe.

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