Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Nov 21, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Nov 21, 2003 Antara

UNHCR declares 26 East Timorese asylum seekers not as refugees Atambua - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has declared the 26 East Timorese asylum seekers in Atambua, Indonesia, not as refugees. "The UNHCR has actually made an oral notification that the 26 East Timorese nationals could not be regarded as refugees," Belu District Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Agus Nugroho SH said here on Thursday. He further stressed that the UNHCR representative office in the East Timorese capital of Dili had sent a written notification to 26 East Timorese on the results of its interviews with the East Timorese last week.

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Council of Ministers will decide on Public Works

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he will present the investigation report on the case of misused of Public Works money spent on new cars to the Council of Ministers. He added that he will not make the decision alone but the opportunity will be given to the entire Council of Ministers to decide on the outcome.

300,000 children will have the Government support ? Mari The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government will double its efforts to overcome the problem of inadequate school buildings to facilitate the 300,000 throughout the country with their education. Dr Alkatiri said that the Government not only cares about education, but is also focusuing on a clean enviroment for children.

More contractors than managers The Vice-Minister of Planning and Environment, Abel Ximenes, said that Timor-Leste has more contractors than properly trained business managers. He added that to overcome this problem people in business in Timor-Leste have to change their mentality. Mr Ximenes said that most of contractors wait for Government projects and they don't look elsewhere to maintain their income.

500 died in Santa Cruz massacre Journalist and film maker, Max Stalh, said that the he witnessed the massacre in Santa Cruz cemetery that was a clear violation of the human rights charter. He added that those responsible for the massacre should apologise to the people of Timor-Leste.


Children's future in our hands During a ceremony to launch Children's Day the Bishop of Baucau, D Basilio do Nascimento, said that our children's future is in our hands, and we need to be with them to provide much needed support. The Bishop said that its important not to focus on them on occasions like this, then forget them afterwards.

Justice for all to achieve peace During a seminar entitled "How to Solve Human Rights in Timor-Leste" the General Vicar, Jose Antonio da Costa, said that justice has to applied everywhere on an equall terms, or peace will never be achieved. Vicar Jose said that the Government should think first whether the International Tribunal on Human Rights fits in accordance with the values and interests of the Timorese people.

Clean water system for 3 Districts According to an UNDP press release posted today by STL the Government of Japan financed the rehabilitation of water systems for the communities in the Districts of Lospalos, Manatuto and Liquica.

H.E President Xanana Gusmão to receive North Korean Ambassador The new Ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to Timor-Leste, H.E. Mr. Chon Jae Hong is due to present his letter of credentials tomorrow at 9am to H.E. President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão at the Palace of the Ashes in Dili. Ambassador Hong is currently the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPKF) to Australia, where he resides. As of tomorrow, his accreditation will include Timor-Leste. During his thirty-seven year career in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Hong has served as the Deputy Permanent Observer of the DPKF Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador to Thailand and Zimbabwe and Roving Ambassador for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For President Xanana Gusmão, Ambassador Hong's appointment serves as "a step towards the beginning of relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Timor-Leste in various areas of cooperation and development".

Press Release from the Office of the President

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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