Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring April 1, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring April 1, 2004


My services will be free, says lawyer

The Prime Minister lawyer, Aderito Soares, said that he's not interested in money but he wants to help the Prime Minister and Members of the National Parliament who have requested his services to defend them over the bribery allegations. He said that he wants to help those that are really working hard for this nation. Mr Soares said that he has filed suit in the Dili court, but that he is still waiting for the decision from the court in Washington.

Government needs to have new strategy for the economy

The President of the National Timorese Party (PNT), Dr Abilio Araujo, said that in his opinion, Timor-Leste has the potential to develop locally produced goods if the Government implements a new policy. He said that the Government has to implement new policies to help the grow of the economy quickly.

CAVR ends its mission, says Guterres

The President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CAVR), Aniceto Guterres Lopes, said that the objective of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee was to "build a bridge in support of the people, and create respect and liberty for everyone". He said that the people need to overcome the past, and look to the future to help our children find a better solution. Mr Lopes said that the past still hurts, but that our people stood up and showed courage, and gave us all hope for the future.

Timor Post

TT will fix the consumers' worries

The President of the Asset Loro Sa'e, Oscar Lima, said he promises consumers that he will fix whatever worries they have over the malfunctioning of their phone lines, faxes and internet. He said that Timor Telecom is carrying repairs to building sites that still need rehabilitation, especially in the District of Liquica where there is no mobile phone coverage yet. Mr Lima said that he is aware that the price o TT are higher when compared to Indonesia.

Members of Parliament never on time for work, says Amaral

A Member of the National Parliament for Klibur Oan Timor Asuwain ? Association of Timor Heroes (KOTA), Clementino dos Reis Amaral, said that members of the National Parliament are never on time for work. He said their role is to solve important issues for the benefit of the population, and there is never time to discuss issues due to lateness. He considers this "corruption on time" practiced by members of the National Parliament who are turning up to work at 11am when the arrival time stipulated is 9am. Mr Amaral said that tax payers are paying the salary of Parliamentarians and they need to be at work on time. That's what they were elected for, he said.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email:

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