Subject: Local Media Monitoring - April 30, 2003




1. The Director of the East Timor Study Group, Mr Joao Saldanha said that the donors' total assistance fund for East Timor in the four years from 1999 until 2003 is about US$2.3 billion. Mr Saldanha referred to these numbers during a day workshop held by the East Timor Study Group yesterday, with the topic " Timor-Leste Economy Growth and Fiscal Policy". According to Mr Saldanha, the above mentioned amount ($2.3billion) disbursed is more than enough for Timor-Leste's development

2. The IMF Representative in Timor-Leste, Mr Kadheem A. Al-Eyd said that even though Timor-Leste has faced a budget deficit for two consecutive years (2000/2001 and 2002/2003) it will not stop donor's finance assistance to Timor-Leste. Mr Kadheem is very confident of the donors' support, as long as the Government is serious in keeping the budget discipline policy in accordance with the donors guidelines.


1. According to Julio Tomas Pinto, a politics and military observer, Opposition Parties political declaration to recognise Mr Francisco Xavier do Amaral as the first President and the Proclaimer of the Independence of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, appointed by the Comite Central da FRETILIN on November 28, 1975 was a political maneuver. Mr Pinto was interviewed yesterday by Timor Post.

2. One woman testified on Monday about being a sex slave in pre-independence East Timor, another said she witnessed her mother being beheaded and a third told how she had three homes torched over two decades. In a small auditorium in the capital of Dili, the women told their stories during an emotional hearing convened by the Commission on Reception Truth and Reconciliation. The hearing which follows similar events involving political prisoners and war victims in East Timor, is aimed at publicizing abuses against Timorese women dating back to 1974, a year before Indonesia occupied the former Portuguese colony.

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