Subject: Daily Media Review 09 May

From UNMISET Dili, 09 May 2003

Daily Media Review

Opposition Presented Platform To The President

Representatives of eight political parties presented the structure of their common platform to President Gusmão. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Avelino Coelho (PST) said that they also presented the composition the National Political Commission, which is composed of a National Secretary, Fiscal Judicial Commission and the Studies and Planning Cabinet. Coelho said the objective is of the commission is to find an alternative program to improve the economy and social condition of the Timorese people. He added that the platform was created to contribute to the development and reconstruction of the country. (TP, STL)

PM Alkatiri Presented Report of Open Governance To President

It is reported that the regular weekly meeting between Prime Minister Alkatiri and President Gusmão on Thursday, May 08 both shared information on requests from Ermera residents during the President's visit and the "open governance" gathering in Manufahi District. According to "Timor Post" Alkatiri said they also discussed the Independence Day commemorations (May 20). He informed that the independence commemoration would be celebrated throughout the territory with the participation of the Ministers and Vice-Ministers. It is reported that the Government will support the event with US$4000.00 for each district. (TP)

Indonesian Investigation Team Arrives In Dili

An investigation team from the Indonesian Republic Police and Belu Police [Kapolri] are scheduled to arrived in Dili today [Friday] according to an agreement between the two countries. Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro told "Timor Post" on Thursday that the aim of the visit is to discuss possible investigation cooperation into the Atsabe attack, which occurred last February. (TP)

Antonio Ximenes Accuses PNTL's Leader Formally

Speaking through his lawyer, Manuel Sarmento, the President of PDC, Antonio Ximenes, has formally accused Superintendent Paulo de Fatima Martins and the Minister of Interior, Rogério Tiago Lobato, for failing to recruit the appropriate candidates for the police. Sarmento said that other high-ranking police officers have also been accused regarding the same matter, and that there is strong evidence to take Martins and Lobato and other police officers to court. (TP)

Martins: Special Police Will Be Created

On Thursday, May 08, Timor-Leste National Police Superintendent Paulo Martins said that a 'special police unit' would be formed to oversee all problems in Timor-Leste that could not be handled/solved by other police force. Martins said the role of this unit is to cooperate with police in all the districts on handling security disturbance and intervene when necessary to solve a problem. According to Paulo Martins, 300 police officers will be recruited in the first phase for this unit. Martins was speaking after attending a meeting with PM Alkatiri, Minister of Interior, Rogério Lobato and his deputy, Alcino de Araújo Barris. (STL)

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