Subject: Daily Media Review 15 July 2003


Dili, July 15 2003

Daily Media Review

MP Demands Government To Be Transparent About December 4th Riots

MP Antonio Ximenes (PDC) on Monday urged the Government to release the report of the investigation on the December 4 (2002) riots. Ximenes argued that it is important that the report be transparent in order to allow the community to know those responsible for the riots, which left two students dead and several buildings burned including the Prime Minister's residence. He said the Government has not met its promised of making public the results of an investigation result 72 hours after the events took place. Ximenes added that if the Government is not transparent on this investigation, it is likely that such violent events will occur again. (STL)

E. Timor refugees to be reregistered

The Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs will reregister East Timorese refugees in West Timor next month due to conflicting reports on their number, reported The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. East Nusa Tenggara's refugee task force and relevant government offices recently submitted numbers that differ from Central Statistics Agency (BPS) records. Djidon de Haan, assistant to the provincial administration secretary, said the Ministry, in cooperation with the local government, would reregister the refugees. The results would be compared with the BPS data, he said in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. "Accurate data will enable the central government to adopt a policy of dealing with the refugees in the future." Djidon said that under international law the refugees were not yet recognized as Indonesian citizens, although around 28,000 had resettled in Indonesia. "Under such conditions, the refugees will most likely not be allowed to vote in the 2004 general elections as their Indonesian citizenship depends on the recognition of the UN High Commission for Refugees." (The Jakarta Post)

UN Displays Better Attitude Towards Portuguese Cooperation.

The Deputy State Secretary of the Portuguese Minister of Justice, João Luís da Mota Campos, assured on Monday that UN attitude towards Portugal cooperation in Timor ­Leste " has changed substantially". While on an official visit to TL last December, Campos accused UN of "ill will" regarding the use of Portuguese language as an official language and of "not being in favor" of recruitment of Portuguese legal advisors and Portugal presence in Timor-Leste. When asked about the UN attitude "ill will" after meeting the Timorese Deputy Minister of Justice, Manuel Abrantes, Mota Campos said "some international staff were creating bad relationship between Portugal and UN but there is no doubt that it has changed substantially. He added that "the chief of UNMISET, (United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor) acknowledged that there were some difficulties in the relationship" but recently "encouraged the Portuguese cooperation in Timor-Leste". The Timorese Deputy Minister is on an official visit to discuss future cooperation between Portugal and Timor-Leste as per the agreement signed last year. (Lusa)

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