Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 3, 2003
LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING
September 3, 2003
BISHOP BELO SAYS:DON'T PUT PEOPLE'S ASPIRATIONS INTO DRAWERS
Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, is quoted commenting about the Open Governance Program. Monsignor Belo said that it is a positive step, however, the Government should not put people's aspirations in a drawer, but instead it needs to implement change.
THE INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS: SPECIAL POLICE UNIT PERSONEL ONLY 300
The Interior Minister, Mr Rogerio Tiago Lobato, yesterday said that the initial target for the Special Police Unit was 500, but has been reduced to 300. Mr Lobato said that the Government made this decision after taking into consideration the internal situation demands. Mr Lobato said that this reduction was based on internal stability and a decision by the Government to focus its attention to border patrol police. Mr Lobato said that the border patrol police consists of 180 personnel, while Timor-Leste's border line is approximately 245 km.
PRIME MINISTER ALKATIRI SAYS: THE INTERNAL SECURITY ACT IS NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL
In response to the Judicial System Monitoring Programme criticism of the Internal Security Act, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said " the people who comment that the Internal Security Act is unconstitutional say this as they don't understand anything". According to the Government, the Internal Security Act is not unconstitutional.
DILI UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR:"POLITICAL CONFLICT COULD FORCE UN TO STAY".
The Cancellor of Dili University, Dr Lucas da Costa, yesterday said that never ending political conflict among leaders could force the United Nations to stay to act as a mediator. Dr Lucas also said that the dichotomy between those in Diaspora and the Resistance could be a reason for the United Nations to stay.
AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT VISITS TIMOR-LESTE
The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, yesterday said that Timor-Leste's National Parliament will received its counter parts from Australia today. Mr Lu-Olo said that the Australian Parliament delegation were consisted of 8 members and the aim of the visit is to know the activities of the Timor-Leste's National Parliament within one year of independence.