Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 12, 2003



June 12, 2003



1. In a press conference in Jakarta, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri said that they had committed to create bilateral relations and cooperation to achieve friendly future relations. The Indonesian leader said the delegations had discussed pensions for ex-Indonesian civil servants in Timor-leste, the question of private Indonesian assets in Timor-Leste and Indonesia's war graves in Timor-Leste.

2. Twelve members of the National Parliament have proposed three resolutions relating to articles 11 and 12 of the Immigration and Asylum Law. The proposal (Timor Post did not mention the resolutions) passed with 39 votes, 20 objections and 11 abstains. The Speaker of the National Parliament said that the proposal will be submitted to the Court of Appeal once it was approved by majority in the Parliament.

3. Suai's District representative in the National Parliament, Mr Gervacio da Silva, said that about 80 clandestine and "Kolimau 2000" group members are still hiding in the bush. He said their position right now is in Suai Loro's Suco, Village of Akar Laran. He said these groups left their villages after attacking a Police post two years ago. These 80 men were dissatisfied with the recruitment of the Falintil-FDTL soldiers, National Police(PNTL) members and Government civil servants.


1. During the Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Republic of Indonesia have signed agreements on traditional border crossings and trade at the border. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Timor-Leste's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta and his counterpart the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mrs Rini Swandi on Wednesday at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.

2. A member of the Border Patrol Unit, Ms Celina Borges, said in Batugede on Tuesday that two illegal border crossers had been arrested by an Australian Battalion in the Mota-ain border area. Ms Borges said that the identities and motives of those detained are unknown. She said that the Ausbat will hand the case over to Bobonaro Police for further investigation.

3. The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo said that Timor-Leste's Parliament is waiting for the formal invitation from the Indonesian Parliament to meet with and to visit their counterparts in the Indonesian Parliament. Mr Lu-Olo said that verbally they received a message from the Indonesian Parliament through their representative in Timor-Leste few weeks ago. According to Mr Lu-Olo, President Xanana Gusmao had also conveyed the message when he came back to Timor-leste from his official visit to Indonesia last year.

4. President Megawati Soekarnoputri said that Timor-Leste's Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's visit to Indonesia creates a basic common understanding and is strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

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