Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 23, 2003

From UNMISET

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

September 23, 2003

STL

LU-OLO SENDS INVITATION LETTER TO MOZAMBIQUE'S PARLIAMENT.

The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, yesterday said that he will send an invitation letter to the President of the National Assembly of Mozambique to visit Timor-Leste to foster bilateral cooperation. Mr Lu-Olo made this statement after holding a meeting with the Ambassador of Mozambique to Timor-Leste, Mr Antonio Geraldo C. Damaso, at his office yesterday. Mr Lu-Olo also said that the agenda for the visit will be decided by his counterpart in Mozambique.

POLICE ARRESTS SUSPECTS WHO ALLEGEDLY AMBUSH VEHICLES

The Commander of the Ainaro District police, Arquimino Ramos, said that on Friday and Saturday his unit had arrested 3 of the 6 suspects who allegedly ambushed vehicles in the Ainaro area. Police arrested 3 of them in the aldeia of Kolaku , Suco Nunumoge - Sub District of Hatubuilico. The other 3 are still at large. Mr Ramos said that the interrogation results found that the 3 suspects confessed their robbery. They said that the motive for their actions are fundamental social and economic problems. Mr Ramos said that police will bring the accused to face court.

UN STAFF WHO IMPREGNATES TL WOMAN MUST BE RESPONSIBLE

In a plenary session of the National Parliament, Mrs Maria Paixao, member of the Parliament from PSD, yesterday said that UN staff (UNPKF, UNPOL and UNMISET) who impregnate East Timorese women during their job assignment in Timor-Leste should be responsible for the children they father. She said that East Timorese women had suffered a lot. She asked State Institutions and civil society organizations to draw their attention to this matter.

TIMOR POST

XANANA'S CHARISMA TOUCHES ALL PEOPLE

Julio Thomas Pinto, a military and political observer, said that President Xanana Gusmao is currently working hard to consolidate the nation's unity by approaching pockets of the CPD-RDTL across the country. He is seeking to convince them to accept the new situation in Timor-Leste. Mr Pinto said that President does not want to see the nation fragmented. He said that President Xanana's charisma was an important contributor to the success of the national unity because Xanana's charisma touches all people. Mr Pinto also said that President Xanana is starting a process of consolidation of the national unity to avoid national division after the withdrawal of the UN mission in Timor-Leste.

BORDER INCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Interior Vice Minister, Mr Alcino Barris, yesterday told reporters that the "border incident" is under investigation in Dili. He said that on Thursday evening [around 6pm], the BPU was conducting a patrol in the area around Junction Point [Maliana], where an illegal market often operates. They came across five people suspected of being illegal traders, crossing from West Timor into Timor-Leste. They confronted the group and one of the men shot an arrow at the BPU, injuring one officer in the leg. The BPU then opened fire in response. One alleged militia was shot dead and the others fled across the border to West Timor.


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