Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 26, 2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

September 26, 2003

STL

INTERIOR VICE MINISTER ASKS PEOPLE TO JUDGE POLICE IN A BALANCED WAY

The Interior Vice Minister, Mr Alcino Barris, said that people should judge the role of the National Police (PNTL) in creating order and stability in a balanced way. Mr Barris appealed to the community to see both sides of the PNTL , the positive and negative sides. He said that apart from its weaknesses, the PNTL has done a lot for this country.

HALILINTAR FORMER MILITIA GROUP BUILDS COMPOUND NEAR THE BORDER

On Wednesday the Commander of the Border Patrol Unit, Abilio de Carvalho Madeira, told STL that, based on intelligence information gathered, the Halilintar militia group (a group formed by the pro-integration militia commander, Joao da Silva Tavares) has built a compound in the Turiskain area near the border Mojong market. This is where the border incident had taken place. Mr Madeira said that from that compound it is easier for the Halilintar group to infiltrate Timor-Leste whenever they want. Mr Madeira also said that he has sent a letter to the Indonesian Army and Police at the border to remove the Halilintar group from that compound.

TIMOR POST

TT INVESTS US$ 12 M IN TIMOR-LESTE

The Timor Telecom Administrator, Jose R. Jardim, yesterday told reporters in a press conference that in the 6 months of operation in Timor-Leste, Timor Telecom has spent US$12 million. Mr Jardim said that by the end of this year Timor Telecom will have spent US$22 million. He said that Timor Telecom is the major investor in Timor-Leste in terms of investment funds. During the press conference Mr Jardim was accompanied by the Timor Telecom Deputy Administrator, Mr Oscar Lima.

BORDER INCIDENT AND INVESTMENT

The Executive Director of the East Timor Study Group, Joao M. Saldanha, yesterday said that the border incident which resulted in one death will affect foreign investors' interest in Timor-Leste. Mr Saldanha said that the border incident could have an impact on Timor-Leste's stability, but it depends on how Timor-Leste and Indonesia undertake to overcome this situation. He added that the Government should inform the public that the incident will not affect the trade environment significantly.


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