Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Feb 6, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Feb 6, 2004-02-06


TL still needs support from other nations

A Member of the National Parliament, Mariano Sabino, said that Timor-Leste as a new nation with an economy that is still weak, still needs the support from other nations to be able to develop, and help reduce poverty. He said that some countries are changing their views and may reduce their financial support.

Japan donated heavy equipment to Timor-Leste

The Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government, Chiro Aisawa, has officially handed over heavy equipment to the Government of Timor-Leste. The hand over ceremony took place at the Government Palace with the signing note between Chiro Aisawa and Minister of Finance, Madalena Boavida. Prime-Minister Alkatiri, A/DSRSG The Japanese Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Sukehiro Hasegawa, and members of the National Parliament were also present at the event.

Farmers wants to establish coffee cooperatives

The District Administrator of Maubisse, Jose Mendonca, said that farmers in the District want to establish a coffee cooperative to help boost the economy and the development of Timor-Leste. He said that he hopes the Ministry of Agriculture will send a team to help the farmers set up the cooperative.

INAP conducts training for civil servants

A members of the National Institute for Public Administration (INAP), Zeferino dos Santos, said that training for public civil servants is to help develop their understanding, commitment and discipline in their work place. Mr dos Santos said that training will focus on ethics, management and administration.

Chair and tables stolen from schools in Maubisse

The head of the Education Department in Maubisse, Filomeno de Araujo, said that people have stolen chairs and tables from primary schools in Manetu, Manelobas and Suku Liurai. He said that he requested peoples' help to look for the stolen materials and return them to the schools.

Ambassador vowed closer ties

Wiranto, the former Indonesian military chief accused of crimes against humanity over the 1999 carnage in East Timor, says Australia's Ambassador to Jakarta had discussed "increasing co-operation" if he defeats President Megawati Soekarnoputri in July's presidential elections. Wiranto said that Indonesia's bloody occupation of East Timor had been a "catastrophe", but his role in the pre-independence violence had been misunderstood. Australia and East Timor would be the first countries he would visit as president, he said. An Australian embassy spokesman said that the ambassador, David Ritchie, had recently met Wiranto but had "certainly not" made any commitments. A Washington-based campaign adviser, who did not want to be named, said ordinary voters were more concerned with security, stability and jobs than human rights.

Timor Post

Inauguration of Maliana irrigation

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, has inaugurated the irrigation system in Maliana developed by the RESPECT program. The Irrigation Development Project II is the implementation of Japanese Government Fund through UNDP. The project, costing US$88, 000, created employment for 500 local residents. The Japanese Ambassador for Timor-Leste Hideaki Asahi and Minister of Agriculture, Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, also attended the ceremony.

Illegal border crossing and destroyed rice field in Lolotoe

The Vice-Director of the National Police in the Sub-District of Lolotoe, Ismail da Costa Babo, said that the population have reported that 100 unidentified people from Atambua crossed the border and set a house on fire before destroying rice fields in the suco of Gilbadil. He said that according to the population and information he received, 6 military members of TNI were involved in the action armed with M16's. Mr Babo said that the TNI commanders at the border region have been informed and have assumed responsibility for the illegal group actions in Lolotoe.

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