Subject: Local Media Monitoring - July 31, 2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

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POSSIBLE UN EXTENSION

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Dr Jan Kavan, yesterday said that the consideration for the United Nations to extend the UNMISET mandate (finishing on May 2004) was based on 3 development priorities areas agriculture, health and education. Dr Kavan did not mention the exact period of time that UNMISET mission may be extended. He said it needs further discussions in the United Nations.

CONTROVERSY OVER PASSPORTS/NATIONALITY

In separate interviews with the Chancellor of the Dili University, Dr Lucas da Costa, a Parliamentarian from the Social Democratic Party, Mrs Lucia Lobato as well as a member of the National Parliament from the Democratic Party, Mr Rui Menezes all have said that the enforcement of the Nationality Law in Timor-Leste is problematic. They said that the Government is discriminating against those who deal with passport arrangement (this comment was not explained). They also said there are some Government Officials with no clear nationality status but they do have Timor-Leste's diplomatic passports. The article said that in order to avoid controversy all three interviewees suggested an investigation regarding foreign citizens holding important posts in the Government. "According to Timor-Leste's Constitution, only those born here, or born of East Timorese parents, can hold important posts in the Government" said Dr Costa.

SPECIAL UNIT IN POLICE FORCE

The Vice Interior Minister, Mr Alcino Barris, yesterday said that the Government's plan to create a special unit within the National Police (PNTL) is not aimed at competing with the Armed Forces (Falintil-FDTL). He said it is a special unit within the PNTL to counteract activities of certain group who may threaten the community's security.

CEP

On Wednesday the Community Empowerment Project gave US$30,000 to the Sub District of Nain Feto ? District of Dili. The assistance fund is aimed at helping the community to build their public infrastructures, such as footpaths, drainage, water supply and retaining walls. "The community of Nain Feto Sub District also has contributed an amount of US$ 1,081.25 to complete the project planning budget" said the Chief Advisor of the Nain feto Sub district, Mr Augosto da Costa Soares.

TIMOR POST

PRIME MINISTER IS TIMORESE, SAYS LU-OLO

In response to comments made by a Parliamentarian member from the Social Democratic Party, Mrs Lucia Lobato, the Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, said that Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's nationality of origin is Timorese. Lu-Olo said the Prime Minister was born in Timor-Leste even though his parents came from abroad. Mr Lu-Olo said that Mrs Lobato comments was an misinterpretation of fact.

UN CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR POLICE AND JUDICIARY

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Jan Kavan, on Wednesday said that the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) will finish next year. Mr Kavan said that it is not an easy task to negotiate with the donors regarding further assistance. However, he said that he will recommend that the United Nations continue their support in the areas of training for the National Police and the Judiciary System.

PROTESTERS COMPLAIN ABOUT WAITING LIST FOR POLICE

On Wednesday about 75 youth held a protest at the National Parliament. The President for the B Commission (the commission that deals with internal security, foreign affairs and cooperation), Mr Jose Manuel Fernandes, met with a delegations of the protesters. The delegation said that they had passed the national police recruitment process, however they were still in the waiting list for one year without any confirmation about whether they will be recruited or not. One protester said that the number of people in the waiting list is about 156.


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