Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring 13 March 03

Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dili, 13 Marc 03,

TP, STL: Austria's Ambassador Presented Credentials

Austria's Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Bernhard Zimburg, officially presented his credentials to President Gusmão on Wednesday at the Palace of Ashes in Dili. During the official ceremony Mr. Zimburg said that the presentation of his credentials to the President symbolizes the start of good diplomatic relations between the two countries. Zimburg added that the Austrian government is ready to support the Timorese government with donations of equipment for the health sector, and aid for the establishment of democratic institutions. Austria is willing to help civil society groups as part of the development of the country, he added.

TVTL: President of the Court of Appeal Was Appointed

A Presidential decree dated March 10 nominated Claudio de Jesus Ximenes as President of the Court of Appeal on Timor-Leste. According to a press release issued by the office of the President, the nomination represents "a major step towards the full establishment of the legal system in Timor-Leste as it activates the Court of Appeal, which will function as the highest judicial institution in Timor-Leste, until the establishment of the Supreme Court of Justice". The document added "the Court of Appeal also constitutes a fundamental resource to citizens and their right to appeal decisions by lower ranking courts". President Gusmao considers this decree to be "of crucial importance", says the press release, which states that Claudio de Jesus Ximemes has 21 years of experience as a judge of a district court in Portugal.

TP, Lusa - Dili's Book Fair Closed Doors

Dili's First Book Fair, organized by the Portuguese Government, closed its doors on Wednesday. During 10 days, the book exhibition - which was described by its organizers as a "tremendous success" - was visited by 25,000 people. Seventy five per cent of the 120,000 books in display were sold, the majority of them for under two American dollars. UNMISET and UNESCO had a joint stand. According to the media, one of the highlights of the cultural events during the Fair was an exhibition of "capoeira", a mixture of dance and martial arts, performed by PKF's Brazilian soldiers.

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