Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 1, 2003

From UNMISET

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

September 1, 2003

STL

GOVT DISCUSSES THE EXTENTION OF UNMISET MISSION

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, The Head of UNMISET, Mr Kamalesh Sharma, and the Deputy of UNMISET, Mr Sukehiro Hasegawa yesterday met with President Xanana Gusmao at Palace of Ashes to discuss the possibility of the extension of UNMISET mission in Timor-Leste. The UNMISET mission is due to finish in June 2004. During the 3 hour meeting, no decision was made and it was decided to hold another meeting next Monday.

PRESIDENT XANANA GUSMAO MESSAGE

President Xanana Gusmao gave a speech to the people of Timor-Leste on the occasion of the "Referendum Day" August 30, 2003. President Xanana said that the process towards freedom and democracy is a process where everyone is involved and it is still facing many challenges. President Xanana said that Timor-Leste gained its liberation due to a mutual understanding of the people on how to achieve this goal. President Xanana said that Timor-Leste had gained its independence just one year ago and many challenges lie ahead, therefore we must hold firmly to freedom and democracy by nurturing them. President Xanana appealed to everyone in this country to trust in the independence process.

PRIME MINISTER AND PARLIAMENT'S SPEAKER SAYS "IF NOT REGISTERED CPD-RDTL IS ILLEGAL"

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and the Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, yesterday said that if the CPD-RDTL (Conselho Popular de Defesa da Republica Democratica de Timor Leste) registers itself as political party, then the Government will recognize it as a legal organization, if not then the Government considers it illegal.

(The CPD-RDTL is a radical organization that wants to preserve the 1975 Constitution as Timor-Leste's Constitution)

TIMOR POST

AMBASSADOR SHARMA SAYS"NEW UN MISSION WILL BE DECIDED BY SECURITY COUNCIL"

The meeting between Head of UNMISET , Mr Kamalesh Sharma, and Timor-Leste's leaders - including President Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and the Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo - yesterday was aimed at formulating ideas about the United Nations's role in Timor-Leste after UNMISET. Mr Sharma told reporters that the decision on the role of the UN in Timor-Leste will be decided by UN Security Council. The President's Chief of Staff, Mr Agio Pereira told reporters that President Xanana gave two options for the international community support to Timor-Leste. The first option is that the International community could contribute through bilateral channels and the second option is through the United Nations.

COMMENTS ON CPD-RDTL

Timor Post also sought opinions regarding the CPD-RDTL (Conselho Popular de Defesa da Republica Democratica de Timor Leste) including Bishop Belo and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. In his opinion Bishop Belo said that the CPD-RDTL should legalize their organization to become political. Bishop Belo said that once they become a party they deserve the right to speak on behalf of the people. Prime Minister Alkatiri said that there are 3 solutions for CPD-RDTL which could be a political solution, social solution and judicial solution. (TVTL has reported that President Xanana Gusmao stated that he will ask the Government to disband the CPD-RDTL. The Timor Post journalist made reference to this in his questions to the Prime Minister).


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