Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 4, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 4, 2004

Timor Post

Appointment of Indonesian Ambassador could cause problems, says Aderito

An independent Timorese lawyer, Aderito de Jesus, said that the nomination of a former Indonesian intelligence officer (BIN) by Jakarta, Ahmed Bey Sofwan, as the first Indonesian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, would reopen old wounds of the Timorese, who have not fully recovered from past Indonesian experience. Mr de Jesus said that the Indonesian government needs to carefully consider the political sensitivity before appointing a person to be the Indonesian Ambassador to Timor-Leste. Mr de Jesus said that the appointment of new Indonesian Ambassador could create problems because the people are still very sensitive to the politics that had taken place in Timor-Leste, and besides which he is a former Indonesian intelligence officer.

Don't brand L7 as criminal, says Horta

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that he has sent a message to the ex-commander of Falintil, Cornelio Gama (L7), suggesting he comes to talk. Minister Ramos Horta also said that he does not accept critics branding L7 as criminal. The Minister said that he does not agree with L7 actions just as the President and the Prime Minister do not, and the Prime Minister has been trying to talk to L7 to solve the problem ASAP.

Five difficult years of Government, says Alkatiri

During the Open Governance at Railaco, District of Ermera, the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said during the "Open Governance" gathering at that to govern in the first five years is like giving your head to be chopped off because it is not easy to start something. The Prime Minister said that apart from the daunting challenges faced by the country, what people really want to see is the nation established while others wants to destroy it. The Prime Minister said that the issue of the 'veterans' is an example where many people tend to politicize by using members of the population as their instrument for their political activities. "For instance, L7 is sitting quiet but people politicize his name to counter the government as well as L7's friends," said the Prime Minister. PM Alkatiri has also affirmed that Timor-Leste's government is open to everybody who wants democracy and development, taking into consideration that it requires peace and stability.

Doubts over the numbers of veterans registered

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he doubts that the number of veterans are around 3000, as registered by the government, noting that if that was the case then what took so long to end the war in Timor-Leste. Meanwhile the Prime Minister reminded the participants of Railaco that promoting democracy does not necessarily mean to shout randomly or create violence because it would be considered a crime and the government has right to stop it just like it did in Suco Waibobo, sub-district Ossu, District of Viqueque.

Police should be loyal to Government, says Martins

The National Police Commissioner, Paulo de Fatima Martins, said on Monday that former Indonesian police officers would have packed their boots if the government of Timor-Leste gave the instruction to do so. The Police Commissioner reiterated that the position of the police force is to respect the government elected by the people, citing that today it is Fretilin, and in future perhaps another party but PNTL should always remain loyal to the government.

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Timor-Leste cannot lose its patience with Australia, says Horta

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, has asked the entire population of Timor-Leste not to lose its patience with the current negotiation over the maritime boundary with Australia. The Minister said that the Government's of Australia and Timor-Leste will find a solution to the maritime boundaries problem. The Minister said that any negotiation always takes time giving the example of the dispute between the Russia Federation and Norway which been ongoing to 50 years, without any end result yet.

Park rangers soon to be employed, says Minister

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Eng Estanislau da Silva, said that his Ministry will soon employ park rangers to stop people from cutting down trees without license to do so. The Minister said those who don?t follow the rules will be fined, and many have been detained recently for not having the license. The Minister said that his Ministry has run information campaigns throughout the Districts but people just don't follow the rules.

Right to shout but what about responsibility

The District Administrator of Baucau, Michaela Ximenes, said that women have shouted many times for equality but, as women, one needs to know first what their responsibility is. She said that before women can participate, one needs to take into consideration that the Timorese culture and their values are very high.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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