Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 16, 2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

September 16, 2003

STL

BISHOP NASCIMENTO SAYS THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ERODE THE CHURCH'S FOUNDATION

In a carefully worded statement Bishop of Dili and Baucau Diocese, Monsignor Basilio do Nascimento, has warned the people of Timor-Leste of the emergence of communism in the new nation. He said that every nation is sovereign and independent and they have the right to organize themselves. Bishop Nascimento said that we should be prudent in serving our people. He also said that we should be vigilant as a snake and low profile as a dove. Bishop Nascimento said that there are rumors of a revitalization of communism in Timor-Leste. He said that rumors are sometimes true, but also could be wrong. Bishop Nascimento said that Timor-Leste is wounded and it takes time to heal. He also said that the Catholic Church is strong in Timor-Leste, and there are some people who want to weaken this foundation by eroding it slowly. (A reference to the emergence of communism).

THE GOVT WILL ENFORCE LAND AND PROPERTY LAW

The Minister of Justice, Mr Domingos Sarmento, said that the Government is assessing its assets and those who live in the Government premises will be evicted if they do not comply with Government regulations. Mr Sarmento said "if they live in the Government premises (Portuguese or Indonesian regime ownership) and if they do not obey the law, they will be expelled or evicted from the Government's premises. We have committed to enforce the law without preferences, whoever or whatever their political affiliation".

DO NOT JUDGE CPD-RDTL ILLEGAL

STL sought opinions from members of the National Parliament including the Vice President of KOTA Party, Mr Clementino dos Reis Amaral, and member of the National Parliament from PSD, Mrs Lucia Lobato, regarding the Prime Minister's statement on the regulation of illegal groups. The article said that both stated that all parties should not judge the CPD-RDTL as legal or illegal organization, because there is no law to regulate organizations or political parties.

TL PARLIAMENT WILL VISIT SWITZERLAND AND NORWAY

A delegation of Timor-Leste's National Parliament comprising members from Fretilin, PSD, PD, ASDT, UDT, AND PDC will visit Switzerland and Norway on 11 October. The delegation will be led by the House Speaker, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo. The article said that among topics to be discussed during the visit, are the duties and function of the National Parliament and the relationship between Parliament and the Government, civil society and community. The article said that in addition to the visit to Switzerland and Norway, the National Parliament also will attend a meeting of Parliamentarians of Portuguese Speaking Countries in Brazil.

TIMOR POST

CPD-RDTL DO NOT REPRESENT THE PEOPLE

During the "Open Government" visit to the District of Ainaro the Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and the Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, said that the legitimate government is the one who is talking to the people. They said that there are groups like CPD-RDTL which is not representing the people. They said that the CPD-RDTL was created in 1999 by declaring itself as the 1975 Constitution Defender.

PM LEEDS A DELEGATION FOR OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri today led a delegation to the People's Republic of China for an official visit. Included in the delegation are the Minister of Finance and Planning, Mrs Madalena Boavida, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Estanislau da Silva, the Minister of Health, Dr Rui de Araujo, State Secretary for Defense, Mr Roque Rodrigues, State Secretary for Tourism and Investment, Mr Jose Teixeira, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Olimpio Branco and the FDTL Chief of Staff, Col Tito Cristovao. The article said that in Beijing, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri will met with his counterpart Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

Timor Post also reported on the Minister of Justice statement relating to the law enforcement on Land and Property as per the STL report.


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