Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 5, 2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

LOCAL MEDIA

STL

TL DOES NOT WANT IMF'S ASSISTANCE

The IMF Senior Resident Representative in Timor-Leste, Mr Khadeem A. Al-Eyd, is reported in STL as saying that it is not the intention of IMF not to give assistance fund to Timor-Leste, but that the Government of Timor-Leste itself does not want to borrow from the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. Mr Al-Eyd said that the IMF always gives financial assistance to countries most in need, including Timor-Leste. He said however that, Timor-Leste's Government has its own policy not to borrow from IMF because there are donors like Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and others which voluntarily give funding assistance. Mr Al-Eyd said that perhaps that is the reason why the Government does not want to borrow from IMF, ADB and the World Bank. Mr Al Eyd said that even though IMF does not give assistance in the form of loans it does support Timor-Leste's development through its technical assistance. He said that IMF has assigned 3 experts in financial management to the Bank and Payment Authority. Mr Al-Eyd said that in the month of April, IMF sent a technical team to assess economic development in Timor-Leste and the result of their findings was presented during the last donors meeting in June this year.

GOVT THREATS TO WITHDRAW ITS SUPPORT TO CAVR

During his open Government Visit last week to the District of Baucau, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, said that he will withdraw his support to the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation if the Commission does not "straighten up" its structure (people) at the district level. Prime Minister said "I have talked to the Commission's President, Mr Aniceto Guterres, and asked him to follow up people's complaints against the structure (people) in the District level. The Prime Minister had heard complaints about CAVR staff at district level who the community said had not lived through the independence struggle and thus did not understand the peoples' suffering.

INCREASED BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP TL - INDONESIA

The Head of the Indonesian delegation in Timor-Leste for Senior Official Meeting, Mr Makarim Wibisono, yesterday told reporters at Nicolau Lobato International that the relationship between Timor-Leste and Indonesia is satisfactory, even though there are still issues to be discussed in order to reach an agreement for the future benefit of both nations.

TIMOR POST

ALI ALATAS' VISIT STRENGTHENS TL - INDONESIA RELATIONSHIP

Former Indonesian Foreign Minister, Ali Alatas, the man who negotiated Timor-Leste's 1999 independence plebiscite with the United Nations and Portugal will visit Timor -Leste for the first time next week. Mr Alatas is expected in Dili Monday, at the invitation of President Xanana Gusmao, to participate in a foreign affairs seminar. Commenting on Mr Alatas' visit the President of the Commission B of the National Parliament, Mr Jose Manuel Fernandes, said that Mr Alatas was an Indonesian diplomat during former President Soeharto regime and his visit is a sign of normalization of relations between the two countries.

CIVIC EDUCATION IN LAW IS SLOW

The head of the private Liberta's Lawyer office, Mr Benevides Correia Barros, said that last month his office had undertaken a civic education program about this country's new laws to the District of Baucau. "The community at that district felt that this civic education was important. Because the community did not get information regarding the existing formal law, they had sought to overcame their problems by using the existing traditional law" said Mr Barros.

Timor Post also reported on the head of the Indonesian Senior Official delegation, Mr Makarim Wibisono's statement to the media as per the STL report.


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