Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 18, 2003
LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING
September 18, 2003
FRETILIN'S SPOKESPERSON SAYS: NO MODIFICATION FOR IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM LAW.
The spokesperson for Fretilin Party in the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Branco, yesterday said that his party is sticking to the decision not to make any modifications on the Immigration and Asylum Law that has been approved by the Parliament. He said that this decision is based on the national interest of the country and its people. The article said that the Immigration and Asylum Law was vetoed by President Xanana Gusmao and it was sent back to Parliament for review.
COMMUNITY FORCED TO CHANGE IDS FROM GOVT TO CPD-RDTL ID
A member of the National Parliament from Fretilin, Mr Jose Andrade, said in a plenary session that he had received complaints from the community of Bobonaro that the CPD-RDTL had forced the community to change their identification cards (ID) to CPD-RDTL ID cards. Mr Andrade told members of the Parliament that the CPD-RDTL asked the community to change their ID, because the Government IDs are not legal. Mr Andrade also said that the CPD-RDTL charged community members 5 dollars for each ID. Mr Andrade said that this happened in the villages of Pipigalak, Memu and other villages in the District of Bobonaro.
PNT'S VICE PRESIDENT OBJECTS PRESIDENT XANANA'S STATEMENT
In yesterday's plenary session of the National Parliament the Vice President of the PNT (Partido Nacionalista Timorense), Mrs Alianca de Araujo, strongly rejected the statement made by President Xanana Gusmao regarding her party. Mrs Araujo said that President Xanana was saying that PNT and the CPD-RDTL had met with an Indonesian high raking military official, Lieutenant General Jacky Anwar, at Hotel Timor in Dili in 1999 to reject referendum. Mrs Alianca said that President Xanana made this statement in various meetings during his visit to the Sub Districts and it was also broadcasted by Timor-Leste Television (TVTL).
PRESIDENT XANANA MEETS WITH ISOLATED GROUP
On Monday President Xanana Gusmao made a visit to the Sub District of Turiscai ? District of Ainaro. President Xanana was accompanied by the Vice President of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Xavier do Amaral, the Deputy SRSG, Mr Sukehiro Hasegawa, Vice Minister for Development and Environment, Mr Abel Ximenes, and the Commander of the first F-FDTL battalion, Let Col Falur Rate Laek. President Xanana met with Former Combatants of the Orsnaco Base (ACBO) in the mountains of Orsnaco ? Turiscai Sub-District. The article said that before the President's scheduled visit, there were rumors that if President Xanana came to Orsnaco he would be killed, however the reality shows the contrary. The article also said that there are groups of former combatants and people coming from all corners of Timor-Leste (more than one thousand) to gather at Orsnaco. The article said that they were isolating themselves from the rest of the country by setting up their structures and forming their own agriculture cooperatives. The article said that according to the group's leader, Marcos da Costa, after Timor-Leste gained its independence they did not get any attention from the Government. He said he took the initiative to concentrate people in the Orsnaco mountain by organizing them in agriculture cooperatives for their subsistence. Mr Costa said that his group is not the same as the CPD-RDTL.
PM: "MATAK IS NOT THE PROCLAIMER OF 1975 CONSTITUTION"
During the "Open Government" visit to the Sub District of Hatubuilico, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri appealed to the community of Hatubuilico not to be afraid of the CPD-RDTL group. The Prime Minister said that even though this group was formed in 1999 and defends the national flag and the 1975 constitution, Mr Antonio Aitahan Matak (the group's coordinator) was not the constitution's proclaimer. (The article does not explain why the people of Hatubuilico are afraid of Mr Matak).