Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring April 21, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring April 21, 2004

Timor Post

Situation will be under control, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the authorities will control the situation after the end of the UNMISET mission in Timor-Leste on May 20. (The Bishop of Dili, D Ximenes Belo, said that the situation in Timor-Leste could get worse after the UNMISET mission ends on May 20). The Prime Minister said that the former Bishop has the right to express his own personal opinion, but if things go wrong the authorities are here to be in control.

No time to tame each other, says Faria

A Member of Fretilin at the National Parliament, Vicente Faria, said that it's not the time for members of the National Parliament to tame each other to do the job they were elected for. He said that it has been very difficult and most times you hardly find a member of the Parliament to debate laws within the Commissions. Mr Faria said that this shows that Members of the National Parliament don't know yet their role as the people's representative in the Parliament.

Government will not control goods and commodities, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government has no plans to adopt laws to regulate the goods and commodities prices. He said that it is not wise for the Government to establish a law to control the prices otherwise a black-market will be created, because the shops shelves will be empty.

Tight control to increase revenues, say Alkatiri

After a meeting with donors countries (yesterday) the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the reason for the Government to control expenditures, is, because it has to increase the revenues. He said that it was a promise made to the donors last year to exercise tight control and reduce the costs.


RESPECT supports Bobonaro community

The Sub-District Administrator of Balibo, Manuel da Cruz, said that the Government, through the RESPECT program, has given support to the community in the village of Rai-Ulun, Sub-District of Balibo, to rehabilitate the community center and also cattle for each family in the village.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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