Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Feb 10, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Feb 10, 2004


Serious Crimes Unit does not have a budget of its own, says Longuinhos

The Prosecutor General, Longuinhos Monteiro, said that the Serious Crime Unit (SCU) does not have a budget of its own to support its activities. He said that having no budget of its own, but instead a budget managed by the Ministry of Justice, is one of the major problems faced by SCU. Mr Monteiro said that he believes that the Council of Ministers soon will solve this problem.

Japan will continue support TL

The Japanese Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Hideaki Asahi, said that the Government of Japan will continue with its finance assistance to the people of Timor-Leste through OISCA to support capacity building on the area of agriculture. He said that with this support, Japan and Timor-Leste will further strength their relationship. Mr Asahi said that he has requested further assistance from OISCA to establish more agricultural training centers for the Timorese.

Weekly meeting with infrastructure on the agenda

After a meeting between the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, and the President, Xanana Gusmao, Dr Alkatiri said that they discussed a range of topics, but infrastructure was the main theme of the discussion. He said that the Government has set up plans already for the infrastructure rehabilitation which will create jobs for the people. Dr Alkatiri said that he has seen that the conditions of the roads that are deteriorating rapidly, and the President's house was damaged by a tree that feel on it.

No plans to send Timorese workers to Japan, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government does not have a plan to send workers to Japan and people should not believe "false promises'. He said that the only project that the Government has that involves sending workers abroad is with the Government of Malaysia. Dr Alkatiri said that when the agreement is finalized between the Timor-Leste and Malaysia Government's than the Secretary of State for Labour will conduct the recruitment process.

Everyone needs to take part on the development

The Minister for Telecommunication, Transport and Public Works, Ovidio de Jesus Amaral, said that everyone needs to take part on the development of Timor-Leste, and seek the best ways to develop the housing system for the people. Mr Amaral said that the involvement of the community is very important to help development, and they should not just wait for the Government.

Lightning destroys HVR in Railaco

The Chief Mechanic for the Power Station in the District of Ermera, Raimundo da Cruz Mau Rema, said that heavy rain and lightning during the month of December and January caused short circuiting and damaged the high voltage regulator (HVR) in Railaco, leaving people in dark. Mr Rema said that a report on this had been sent to the head office of EDTL in Dili, but so far he has not received any reply.

Japan finance projects in Bobonaro

The District Vice-Administrator of Bobonaro, Beatriz Ximenes Martins, said that the Government of Japan (through RESPECT) has financed an amount of USD100,000 for the rehabilitation of roads in the District of Bobonaro. Mrs Martins said that RESPECT has also plans for a second faze of road rehabilitation for the six Sub-Districts of Bobonaro. She said that the project also includes agricultural workshops to enhance the community knowledge and capacity of self-sustainability.

Suco Caibada with no means of transport

The Head of the Village of Caibada Uaimua in the Sub-District of Baucau, Carlos da Costa, said that having no transport link has made it very difficult for the people to take their goods to the market. He said that the road is in such a bad condition that the transport owners don't dare to go, for fear of damaging their cars.

Primary school in Gleno needs help

The Primary School Director in Gleno in the District of Ermera, Certorio Martins Babo, said that the primary school D. Ana Lemos Gleno needs urgent attention from the Government, because there is no wall to protect the children from wind and rain. Mr Babo said that with the strong winds and heavy rain that had fallen for the last few days, it had made it very hard for the children to attend school. He said that the school has 920 students and only three classrooms are protected. Three buildings still without any walls. Meanwhile in the District of Bobonaro students were not able to attend school due to heavy rain that has fallen in recent days. The Head of the Primary School Santo Agustinho, Marcal dos Santos, said that for the entire week, heavy rain and strong gusty winds caused havoc throughout the community and schools with few teachers and students attending.

Timor Post

Government should put Matak behind bars

The Vice-President of the National Parliament, Francisco Xavier do Amaral, said that the Government should arrest and put Ai-Tahan Matak behind bars after he publicly declared that a new resistance will emerge if CPD-RDTL is banned and close. Mr Amaral also said that the Government should not allow CPD-RDTL or the group Orsnaco to play games, and try to destabilize the country. He said people want to work and live in peace to help with the development of this country. Mr Amaral said the Government should take measures to stop those people (CPD-RDTL and Orsnaco) who are trying to divide the nation, when the Government is working hard to solidify the independence and strengthen national unity.

70% of mental patients recuperated after treatment

The Coordinator for the Health Department of Mental Illness in the District of Bobonaro, Gil Bernardo Vicente, said that of the 74 patients who have sought treatment for mental disorders' 70% better than before receiving any treatment. He said that most of the patients have returned to their homes. Mr Vicente said that 44 of the patients were women. He said 30 men were suffering from schizophrenia, psychotic episodes and depression. He said that are another 33 women and 18 men who are suffering from psychotic episodes and are dangerous.

Lisbon Parliament Speaker foresees CPLP "parliamentary assembly"

The speaker of the Portuguese Parliament, Joao Bosco Mota Amaral, began an official visit to East Timor on Monday with a call for the creation of a parliamentary assembly binding the legislatures of all eight Portuguese-speaking countries. In a speech to the Timorese legislature, Mota Amaral said "the day is not far off" when the Lisbon-head-quarter Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) would have a "parliamentary assembly". Such an initiative, he added, would give the CPLP a "new dynamic" and would allow the "democratic control" of the eight-nation bloc's "activities". His visit aimed, he said, to "assure the Timorese Parliament and people of the fraternal friendship of the Portuguese Parliament and people". Mota Amaral will sign a new cooperation accord between the two countries' legislatures.

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