Subject: Local Media Monitoring - July 11, 200




1. The Association of Majelis Amanah Rakyat (GIAT MARA), Malaysia welcomes 28 young Timorese yesterday who are in Kuala Lumpur to participate in a program of vocational training. The training is being provided by the Government of Malaysia in cooperation with GIAT MARA. The Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to Malaysia, Mr Djafar Amude Alkatiri, also attended the welcoming ceremony. This six month programme offers a variety of training, in carpentry, mechanics, printing, tailoring, electricity and many other skills. Ambassador Alkatiri said that all these were the successful results of good cooperation between GIAT MARA, the Embassy of RDTL, Timor-Leste's Islamic Community, and the Manufahi Youth Association.

2. President Xanana Gusmao said yesterday at Fatumaka Technical School that he will not interfere in the Government's plan to create a Special Unit Force within the National Police. President Xanana said that he respects the Government's decision. The RDTL President said that he will focus on the reconciliation program mainly in the areas close to the border such as Oecusse, Bobonaro and Suai.


1. Bishop of Dili and Baucau, Monsignor Basilio do Nascimento, yesterday told reporters that if the Immigration and Asylum Bill is left intact it will keep foreigners away from Timor-Leste. The Bill will also limit the Catholic overseas missionaries serving their members in Timor-Leste. Monsignor Nascimento drew the analogy of the Immigration and Asylum Law as a father who wants to embrace his children. However, if the father embraces too tightly, it will cause breathing problems. (In short Bishop Nascimento refered to the bill as over protective).

2. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri yesterday told reporters in Tutuala that the Government will not interfere in the process of the Immigration and Asylum Law now being discussed in the Parliament, which has been vetoed by the President. Mr Alkatiri said that this process of debate is aimed at nurturing democracy in Timor-Leste.

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