Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring February 05, 2004

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Timor -Leste International and Local Media Monitoring February 5, 2004

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World Bank prepare $ 500,000 for Veterans

STL report that Timor-Leste is a step closer to the critical goal of identifying and recognizing veterans of the 24 year resistance to the Indonesian occupation. The consultation will provide an opportunity for the public to debate and provide views on the critical national question of which criteria should be used to identify someone as an ex-combatatant or veteran of the resistance.

The World Bank has prepared $ 500,000 for Comissao para os Assuntos dos Antigos Combatentes ( CAAC) and Commissao para os Assuntos dos Veteranos das Falintil ( CAVF) across the Post Conflict Fund. Other donors are UNDP, USAID, Ireland Aid, UK, Norway and Sweden.

Prime Minister isn't dispute with UMNISET

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the Special Police exercise ( Polisi Khusus) in Covalima District has not stopped because of a dispute with UMNISET.

The reason why the exercise stopped for the moment is because they need equipment, said the Prime Minister on Wednesday February 2. Prime Minister responded to the stories dispute with UMNISET.

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry hosts three day workshop

STL reports that a workshop held on Monday, February 2, was intended to evaluate the second Agriculture Rehabilitation Project ( ARP II) which has been implemented, and now is entering its third stage.

The workshop was supported by the World Bank and European Commission.

The participants were from Non Governmental Organizations, Government officials and International NGOs. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr. Estanislau da Silva, said that the objective of the workshop was to evaluate and assess the impact of the project on the community, and how the community responded to the project. For example the utilization of an irrigation project whether is of benefit to the community or not. ( STL February 4, 2004)

Timor Post

Xanana and Lu Olo discuss of commission the investigation

President of RDTL Xanana Gusmao and President of the National Parliament yesterday discussed the Commission of Investigation for the Lospalos case, elections for Leaders suco and planning for a democracy workshop in march. The National Parliament President, Lu Olo said that members of the National Parliament would be part of the Commission of Investigation, International trained F-FDTL and also members of the Government.

The General Chief of the Information, Coroner Maunana, said that the commission from F-FDTL is prepared for an investigation but they need to collaborate with members from PNTL.

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