Subject: Daily Media Review 07 May 2003


Subject: Daily Media Review 07 May 2003

Dili, 07 May 2003

Daily Media Review

Ramos About Bishop's Death

The Government of TL through the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Ramos-Horta, extended its sympathy and solidarity to the family of the former Episcopal Bishop of New York, Paul More, who passed away last weekend. In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlined Bishop More is work for peace, justice and human dignity. He also said that the Bishop contributed for the struggle of Timor-Leste for independence and visited the country during the Indonesian occupation more kept passing constant information about the suffering of the Timorese people to the international community said the statement. (TP)

Part of Immigration Legislation Approved

Articles 11 and 12, of the law on immigration and asylum which have caused polemic within the National Parliament, were approved on Tuesday, May 06, with 70 votes in favor, 2 against, and 2 abstentions, but Deputies from 5 political parties again abandoned the session, in protest against the contents of articles 11 and 12. (STL/TP) Singapore Assist FDTL The Singaporean PKF Contingent donated on Tuesday dental equipment and medicine to the Timorese Armed Forces, F-FDTL. Speaking to STL after being presented with these goods, F-FDTL Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak said that since the establishment of the forces [FDTL], the Singaporean Armed Forced have been providing medical support to the Timorese Armed Forces. (STL)

PSD Fires Leandro Isaac The President of PSD, Mario V. Carrascalão, confirmed on Tuesday that Leandro Isaac had been dismissed as member of PSD, "for not being loyal to the party and for his tendency to support Fretilin". He restated that since there are no longer official ties between Leandro Isaac and PSD, he is no longer representing PSD in the National Parliament. Therefore, the National Parliament should firmly act to dismiss Leandro Isaac, he said. When approached about Leandro Isaac's statement that President Xanana Gusmão, at the time was still the President of CNRT had encouraged the creation of PSD, Mr. Carrascalão said that President Gusmão denied it on Tuesday that he will remain in the Parliament until the next elections, for he could only be dismissed by the people who elected him. (STL, Lusa)

East Timor: PM Alkatiri to attend ACP-EU accession ceremony in Brussels Lusa, May 06, 03 By ASP/SAS

Dili, May 6 (Lusa) - Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri confirmed Tuesday that he will travel to Brussels Saturday to attend East Timor's formal accession the ACP-European Union forum. Membership in the forum, the framework for EU aid and trade with 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, "will be a very important step" because it will give East Timor a "much broader market" and provide "incentives", Akatiri told Lusa in Dili.

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