Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 28, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 28, 2004

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26 detained after clashes among martial arts groups The Police Force has detained 26 people after two recent incidents of violence involving martial arts groups that left four people dead. The Police Superintendent, Paulo Martins, said that the riot police detained 24 suspects in the days following deadly clashes (June 15) between two rival martial arts gangs in the village of Urahu, 50 kilometers from Dili. Mr Martins said that four people, including a 70-year-old man, were killed in the Urahu melee. Meanwhile the Police detained two men after a three-car police convoy was attacked on the road between Ainaro and Suai, south of the capital, by suspected members of a martial arts group.

Bishop Belo embarks on Mozambique mission

East Timor Nobel Peace Prize winner Carlos Belo is leaving the country to serve as a missionary in Mozambique. The former leader of the Catholic Church in East Timor was a key figure in the country?s independent movement. In 2002 the Bishop asked the Pope to relieve him of his duties because of ill health. However, he now says he wants to follow a life-long dream to work as a missionary. The Catholic Church says Bishop Belo will carry out pastoral work in the Mozambican diocese of Maputo.

Financial support from Government of Australia to Justice Department

The Ambassador of Australia in Timor-Leste, Paul Foley, said that the Government of Australia has given financial support of an amount of AUD$ 1 million to the Justice Department. Mr Foley said that the money will be used for capacity building in three Justice departments such as Public Defenders, Public Prosecutors Office, Courts and the Judicial Training Centre.

Open Government will continue next year, says Sousa

The Secretary of State for Council of Ministers, Gregorio de Sousa, said that the open Government will be held next year in 4 remaining Districts such as Aileu, Ermera, Manatuto and Dili. He said it is not that the Government doesn't want to do the open government consultation, the problem is lack of time, and the budget has given lots of headaches.

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Change the mentality, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that Timor-Leste will not free itself from poverty when people don't change their mentality. The Prime Minister said that people's mentality and way of thinking can influence and generate poverty. The Prime Minister said that one of the goals set by the Government is to reduce poverty, but it does not mean that the Government is going to start distributing money to everyone.

$100 for ambulance transportation in Lospalos

The Coordinator for Solidarity Counsel in Lospalos, Aurelio Freitas Ribeiro, said that people from the District of Lospalos are paying USD$100 for transporting dead bodies from the hospital to their respective village. He said that many cannot afford the price have to find other means of transportation, and sometimes people don't want to carry the dead bodies due to the poor conditions of the roads. Mr Ribeiro also said that also people have requested attention from the Government a year ago about the problems with the electricity generator, but so far had no response. He said that he doesn't know why the Government has not responded to their pleas. Meanwhile a Member of the National Parliament from Social Democratic Party (PSD), Maria Paixao, said that the District of Lospalos is not the only District facing this problem. The District of Manufahe is almost a year now without electricity.

Parents role in education important, says Rosalia

The Vice-minister of Education, Rosalia Corte-Real, said that it?s important that parents participate in the education of their children otherwise there?s no respect for parents, teachers and rules and regulations. Mrs Corte-Real said that for this to happen parents need to have a greater role to play with their children?s education by giving them guidance and education.

Power cut if you don't pay, says Maia

The Coordinator for Electricity in the District of Ermera, Adolfo Maia, said that if consumers don?t pay their electricity bill, (of which there are many), they will see their power cut off from July onwards. He said that everyone has to pay according to the regulation stipulated by the board. Mr Maia said that the District of Ermera has 1000 consumers, and only 89 consumers regularly paid their bills.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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