Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring December 02 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for December 02, 2004

Lack of open market encourages smuggling of goods say National Parliamentarians Timor Post

Smuggling of goods such as vehicles and medicinal supplies from West Timor to Timor-Leste is becoming a growing problem, say National Parliamentarians. Drugs or other banned medicines could also be smuggled into the country, said Mr. Rui Menezes, a National Parliament member from Democratic Party and Mr. Manuel Tilman from KOTA party.

Mr. Menezes noted that the above practice is a consequence of the fact that there is no open market established in the border town of Motain according to a previous agreement signed by Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

In order to overcome the above practice, an open market should be constructed in Motain and PNTL (National Police of Timor ? Leste) ought to enhance their patrolling activity along the border, recommended Mr. Menezes.

KOTA raises concerns about conclusion of UNMISET Timor Post

Mr. Manuel Tilman, the head of KOTA party, sent a press release to the Timor Post expressing his concerns over the conclusion of the UNMISET mission in Timor-Leste.

In the press release, Mr. Tilman requests the National Parliament prolongs the mission after its ends on May 20 2005.

Mr. Tilman noted that the reason for his request was the continued need for further assistance by government institutions, such as the National Parliament, the Ministry of Planning and Finance, BPA (Banking and Payments Authority), F-FDTL (Timor-Leste Defense Force), PNTL (Timor- Leste National Police) and others.

Becora community faces power cut Timor Post

The community of Becora (a suco in Western Dili) are worried about the lack of power, as it has been off for five days especially in Akadiru-Hun area.

The paper said that it really affects community?s daily activities.

Mr. Inacio de Jesus Leite, director of the Electricity Department, said that they have a technical problem, which will be resolved soon.

Heavy rain damaged five houses in Manleuana Timor Post

The heavy rain on November 30 caused floods in Manleuana (a part of Dili), damaging five resident?s houses and also resulted in the disappearance of belongings and animals, said residents Faustino Pereira and Gaspar Pereira.

Since the rains occurred assistance has been extended by many, such as schools, churches and neighbors.

Market customers prefer local eggs, says vendor Timor Post

Ms. Teodorozia Magalaens Soares, a market vendor, said that customers tend to purchase more local eggs than those imported from abroad.

Ms. Soares noted that she provides two types of eggs in her kiosk, but most of her customers prefer local eggs because they are cheaper than imported ones.

Timor-Leste commemorates World AIDS Day Timor Post

The Special Representative of the General Secretary, Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa attended an event organized as part of a series of activities organized by the Ministry of Health, UNMISET, UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS at the national level.

Mr. Hasegawa noted that although Timor-Leste does not have a high prevalence rate, they should find and adopt suitable prevention programs on HIV/AIDS.

He added that the celebration this year was focused on raising awareness about the many issues facing women and girls living with HIV/AIDS.

New data shows Japan is top donor to Timor-Leste Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

Japan is now known as the top donor country for Timor-Leste based on data collected from the embassy in an interview conducted with the Japanese ambassador on the celebration of the 50th year of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).

Mr. Hideaki Asahi noted that Japan has contributed $300,000,000 to the development in the country allocated for PKF (Peace Keeping Force) since Interfet.

He added that Japan is happy to continue providing assistance to Timor-Leste in the future and it does not have any ambition or any other expectations regarding the support it provides.

Note: The World Bank welcomes comments and suggestions, as well as information about errors that call for correction. Messages may be sent to Sildonia Sarmento who can be reached through e-mail at ssarmento@worldbank.org or telephoned at 332 4649, extension 304.

David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office Tel: 332 4649 Email: ddearaujo@worldbank.org


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