Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 13, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 13, 2004

Timor Post

Government needs to decentralize, says Menezes

A Member of the National Parliament for the Democratic Party (PD), Rui Menezes, said that the decentralization system used by the Government is not working, and thus is making the government weak. He said that for this reason the districts are not functioning well due to lack of initiatives. Mr Menezes said that there are no programs for the development of the districts and the District Administrator is always waiting for central governments guidance.

National Memorial will go ahead, says Hasegawa

The special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations (SRSG), Dr Sukehiro Hasegawa, said that the National Memorial for the heroes who died for the liberation of the country will go ahead, and will be erected in Metinaro. Dr Hasegawa said that the project will start on August 20, 2004, and will be finished on November 28.

NGOs needs to coordinate with district health centers, says Lobato

The Vice-Minister of Health, Luis Lobato, said that the national and international NGOs working on health need to take into consideration the work that is being carried out by the health centers at the national level. He said that it is important to establish a coordination mechanism before any consultation is given to the people in the districts. Mr Lobato said that the Ministry of Health' doors are always open for the NGOs that are participating in the development of the country in the area of health.

Suara Timor Loro Sa' (STL)

UNICEF and World Vision to build juvenile detention centre

The Minister of Justice, Domingos Maria Sarmento, said after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, World Vision and Don Bosco Salesian Congregation that the establishment of a juvenile detention center would provide a separate space for the underage currently serving in Bekora Prison. The Minister also said that the center would also focus on different types of education for those troubled children who would be serving their time in the center. The Minister said that that he had made the request earlier for a juvenile detention center to the aid agencies.

Is not a problem to use Portuguese or Tetum in courts, says Carmo The Director of the Dili District Court, Antonio Helder Viana do Carmo, said that there is not a problem to use the Portuguese or Tetun language in the Courts, but so far there is no judicial dictionary written in Tetun. He said that he has used the Tetun language, without any difficulties, but the difficulty for them is how to implement the legal terms or words in courts when we don' have them in Tetun.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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