Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 8, 2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

LOCAL MEDIA

STL

BISHOP BASILIO DO NASCIMENTO COMMENTS ON UN MISSION

The Administrator of Dili and Baucau Diocese, Monsignor Basilio do Nascimento, responded to STL question regarding the possible extension of the UN mission in Timor-Leste. Monsignor Nascimento said the leaders of the country they should explain to the people why the UN mission should be extended. Monsignor Nascimento said that from his own view, "if the UN presence is an obstacle for our steps ahead, then we do not need it anymore, but if the UN presence in Timor-Leste is to assist us in developing our country in peace to a bright future, then it is really good". Monsignor Nascimento said that Timor-Leste's society still has wounds that will take time to heal.

XANANA AND HASAN FOSTER RECONCILIATION

On Saturday the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Hasan Wirajudha, met with President Xanana Gusmao at the Palace of Ashes in Caicoli ? Dili. After the meeting Mr Wirajudha told reporters that both sides agreed to foster their bilateral relations through reconciliation efforts. Mr Wirajudha said that during the meeting President Xanana reiterated his commitment to the reconciliation process and the return of ex-refugees from West Timor.

BISHOP BELO SAYS:"THE MEDIA MUST BE FREE"

In response to STL questions relating to the Internal Security Act, Article 17, which stipulated that there will be a control on social communications, Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, said that the media has freedom to inform what is right, not to violate personal dignity or insult someone. He said he was concerned that the Government could use this Internal Security Act to control the media unfairly. He said if the people of this country understand democracy and their fundamental human rights, they have the responsibility of mutual respect. He said then the freedom of expression and the media could play its role as it is intended".

TIMOR POST

INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS HIS GOVT WILL CARRY OUT INVESTIGATIONS THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE CORPSES OF TL LIBERATION FIGHTERS

In response to Timor Post questions relating to the whereabouts of the bodies of Timorese liberation fighters, the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hasan Wirajudha, said that the Indonesian Government will show these places. Mr Wirajudha said that Indonesia has no interest to impede or hide any of the corpses of the liberation fighters. Mr Wirajudha said this topic was a serious matter discussed in the bilateral commission. Mr Wirajudha said that the Indonesian Government will carry out investigations.

INDONESIA PRAISES XANANA FOR HIS RECONCILIATION EFFORTS

The Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr Hasan Wirajudha, praised President Xanana Gusmao for his commitment to enhancing bilateral relationship between the people of the two nations, in particular those who live near the border.

CCF SECRETARY GENERAL SAYS:" COLLECTING SIGNATURES IS NOT ACCEPTED

On last Saturday the Central Committee of Fretilin Party held a meeting in Ermera District with district echelons of Ermera, Liquica, Aileu and Bobonaro. The Secretary General of Fretelin, Mr Mari Alkatiri, said that there are some members of the Central Committee of Fretilin who had collected signatures objecting to some members of CCF holding more than one position. (This is not explained in the story). Mr Alkatiri said the objections were wrong, because the other positions related to private interest pursuits, rather than a common interest.


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