Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 10, 2003



June 10, 2003


1. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri is leading a senior Government and business delegation to Jakarta, Indonesia today. Alkatiri said his three-day visit to Jakarta was aimed at establishing "good personal relations with Indonesia's leaders". "We want to set the bilateral economic and political agenda", said Alkatiri, who will meet with Indonesian President, Megawati Sukarnoputri on Wednesday. "We also want to resolve the problem of maritime, land borders, former civil servants and refugees issues, said Mr Alkatiri.

2. Timor-Leste's entrepreneurs yesterday held a meeting with Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and the Secretary of State for Commerce and industry, Mr Arlindo Rangel. The meeting was aimed to agree the framework of the Timor-Leste's economy development and it was also a preparation for the Prime Minister's visit to Jakarta. The Prime Minister explained the Government's policy regarding economic development and Mr Rangel gave a briefing on the draft law on investment. The entrepreneurs unanimously appointed Mr Oscar Lima as their coordinator during the Prime Minister's visit in Jakarta.

3. The United States Ambassador to Timor-Leste said "the people of Timor-Leste might be proud of the Public Defender's new office, which looks better than the United States Embassy, however you need to know that it is easier to build an office rather than a judicial system which is very important for Timor-Leste". The US Ambassador said this during the inauguration ceremony of the new Public Defender's office yesterday at Mascarenhas-Dili. The Public Defender's office rehabilitation funded by USAID.


1. The Deputy of Commission B in the Parliament for Security, Cooperation and Negotiation Affairs, Mr Clementino dos Reis Amaral, yesterday told STL that the informal leaders on the border should be involved in controlling the security and stability in the border area. According to Mr Amaral this approach would be helpful and take into consideration the loyalties of the local communities.

2. The Parliament called on the Minister of Telecommunications Transport and Public Works, Mr Ovideo de Jesus Amaral, to address consumers' complaints that the Timor Telecom tariff is too expensive. The Minister reiterated that Timor Telecom tariff was cheaper than Telstra (a telecommunication company from Australia that was replaced by Timor Telecom).

3. In a press conference held yesterday the Timor-Leste's Lawyer Association said the actions of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Commerce and Industry, Mr Arlindo Rangel were unconstitutional and an abuse of power. The article stated that the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Commerce and Industry had ordered the police to close Metal Enterprise Company and arrest its owner, Wong Kee Jen without appropriate investigation.

4. STL also reported on the Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia. The visit is aimed at strengthening the relationship and mutual cooperation between the two countries.

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