Subject: Daily Media Review 16 June


Dili June 16, 2003

Daily Media Review

Indonesian Police to Train PNTL

Timor-Leste Superintendent, Paulo de Fatima Martins revealed on Friday that Indonesian Police had agreed to send in a police commander to TL to train PNTL officers, especially in the area of traffic control. This issued was discussed during Prime Minister Alkatiri's visit to Indonesia. Alkatiri supported that PNTL and Indonesian Police should establish good relations. (STL)

PM Alkatiri: Indonesia is Willing to Cooperate With TL

Prime Minister Alkatiri told the media upon his arrival at Dili airport after a three-day official visit to Jakarta that Indonesia has a strong political willingness to resolve unsolved issues. Alkatiri said that his visit to Indonesia was positive, that Indonesia has reiterated to solve the remaining problems and that the border treaty was signed to facilitate the movements of people and goods and the establishment of a traditional market in the border. He said that the refugees issue was discussed, as well as the situation of those Timorese who have opted to become Indonesian citizens. On the latter he appealed to them to abide by the Indonesian law, and respect the Indonesian politics. The Prime Minister added that President Megawati has also shown willingness to solve the pending issues between the two countries, which will be discussed in detail by a joint ministerial committee. The Indonesian government has already allocated funds to rehabilitate its military cemetery in Timor-Leste and the issue of Timorese studying in Jakarta will be discussed later, said Alkatiri. He added that Timor-Leste should proceed with its legislation on foreign investment, in order to attract Indonesian investment to the country. On the issue of the languages Alkatiri asked Indonesia to open a cultural and language center in Dili, and stated that Bahasa Indonesia should remain an "active language " in Timor-Leste. (STL, TP, TVTL)

E Timor Gov. Urged Not To Consider Former Refugees As Enemies

The Timorese Government should not regard former Timor-Leste's refugees who had been living in East Nusa Tenggara as enemies but as brothers and sisters to build their new state, said an Indonesian military official on Friday. According to the Indonesian news agency ANTARA, the Chief of the Wirasakti Military Command, Col. Moeswarno Moesanip, made the call in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, because he had noticed that "many in the Timorese Government persisted in rejecting the presence of fellow East Timorese who had returned from refugee camps in Indonesian territory". He added that the Timorese government could use the capabilities of former refugees in managing its bureaucracy. (ANTARA)

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