Subject: Daily Media Review 10 June 2003


Date: 06/11/2003

Subject: Daily Media Review 11 June 2003

Dili June 11, 2003

Daily Media Review

Prime Minister Alkatiri’s Visit to Jakarta

At his arrival in Jakarta on Tuesday, Prime Minister Alkatiri and his delegation, were warmly welcomed by the Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirahyuda, accompanied by the Timor-Leste’s Ambassador for Jakarta, Arlindo Marçal. After his arrival, Alkatiri met with representatives of UNHCR. Meanwhile Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Ramos Horta was quoted as saying that with the warm welcome by the local Jakarta community, he is certain that the meeting between the Alkatiri and President Megawati will be a positive one. Horta also said that the issue of refugees, university students in Indonesia, and investment would be in the the agenda with the Indonesia government. Questioned whether the problem of Aceh would be raised, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said the visit was purposely to focus on Timor-Leste and Indonesia with bilateral meetings between the two governments scheduled for today. “Timor Post” reported that prior to his departure, Alkatiri stated that one of the issues he was going to raise with the Indonesian Government is the speed up solution process to former Indonesian civil servants, which has become an issue in Timor-Leste. In a related story, Lusa wrote that economy and commer*cial ties and greater cooperation in the area of health, education are some of the main points for the meeting of the Timorese delegation with the Indonesian government on Wednesday. (TP, Lusa, STL)

Country Joins UNESCO, President Wins Peace Prize

Timor-Leste’s President Xanana Gusmão received on Tuesday UNESCO's Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize. Upon receiving the award, Gusmão said that peace is a priority to the “youngest nation of the world”. He added: Peace is not yet in place and crystallized “in the Timorese society, affirming that it is necessary to “build a culture of peace”. The prize, awarded to the person, institution or organization that contributes significantly to the research, promotion, preservation or maintenance of peace, includes a diploma, gold

medal and a check for $122,000. Last Thursday, Timor-Leste joined UNESCO, becoming the agency's 189th member state. UNESCO has been supporting media development and cultural preservation projects in Timor-Leste since the late 1990s, the organization said, including the creation of its first two community radio stations. In a related story ABC News reported that France President Jacques Chirac, has expressed support for national reconciliation in Timor-Leste in talks with President Gusmão. (UN Wire, Lusa, ABC News)

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