Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 29, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 29, 2004

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Bon voyage and sweet dreams opposition, says PM

Members of the Opposition Party at the National Parliament walked out and did not want to take part in the budget discussion for FY05. The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said afterwards to journalists that he wished the Opposition "bon voyage" and hoped they had "pleasant dreams". The Prime Minister admitted that the Government faced many difficulties with the budget implementation, because the money is not enough. Meanwhile the Opposition (ASDT, PSD, UDT and PPT) accused the Prime Minister of being an arrogant person who praises himself to the Gods.

Stolen medicine sold at Comoro market

The Vice-Minister of Health, Luis Lobato, said that medicine donated by the Government of India to the Government of Timor-Leste was stolen from the National Hospital and sold at the Comoro market. He said that an investigation is being ordered to find the culprits, and they will face criminal charges. The Vice-Minister said that the vendors at the market know who the culprit is and they are working for the National Hospital, but the National Hospital has not been able to identify them yet.

Members of National parliament should not lie

The Chefe Suco from Talimoro in the Dili district, Martinho Soares Martins, said that Members of the National Parliament promised to visit the suco at the beginning of this month, but until now they have not complied with their promise. The Chefe Suco said that Members of the National Parliament made a false promise by "lying" to them. Mr Martins said that just because they are at the National level they think that they can play around with us, and he asked Members of the National Parliament not to lie again.

Timor Post

Members of the resistance need to have patience, says Xanana

The President, Jose Alexandre Xanana Gusmão, made an appeal to all the heroes of the resistance to have patience and be humble because the Government cannot solve all the problems in a short period of governance. The President said that the heroes have to think better and see the situation that the country is facing.

East Timor moves to deport Australian man

East Timorese officials have begun moves to deport an Australian man charged with subversive activities. Immigration authorities in Dili began proceedings to deport Julian King who has spent much of the past four years in East Timor working as a freelance journalist.

Review the budget before approving

Today's edition of the newspaper says that a joint press communiqué sent out by five political Parties at the National Parliament (ASDT, PSD, UDT, PPT and KOTA) says that the Parties are against the budget presented by the Government for the FY05. According to the newspaper the press communiqué says that the budget does not correspond to reality in accordance with the people's need.

Avery Resources to Participate in Timor Sea Well

Avery Resources has entered into an option agreement with OMV Australia Pty Ltd (OMV) to participate as to a 10% interest in the drilling of a 1,550 meter (5,100 ft) Jurassic test at Katandra in the Vulcan Sub-basin of the Timor Sea, Australia. The well will be located in 110 meters of water and has a recoverable reserve potential of 102 million barrels (mmbbls) of oil and potential production rates in excess of 15,000 barrels of oil per day (bbl/d). The Katandra drilling location is seismically defined with the nearest on-trend analog being the Jabiru Oilfield located 28 km southeast. The Jabiru Oilfield has produced in excess of 100 mmbbls of oil to date. OMV, a multinational integrated oil and gas company with previous success offshore Australia, will be the operator and has contracted a rig which is expected to be on location during late September. The cost of the well is estimated at AU$6.2 million including rig mobilization and demobilization. The company anticipates accessing additional capital before potentially exercising its option to drill the Katandra prospect. This is the second prospect in Australia for Avery with additional opportunities being evaluated and negotiated. As previously announced, Avery is involved in a natural gas exploration play in the Darling Basin of New South Wales. The company and its partner are currently evaluating existing data and anticipate shooting a seismic program by Q1 2005. Avery's expanding opportunity base in Australia also includes finalizing negotiations of an on-trend oil and gas prospect located in the prolific Cooper Basin area of onshore Queensland. Australia provides world class oil and gas prospects in a stable and favourable legal and fiscal environment. Avery Resources Inc. is an international junior oil and gas exploration company based in Calgary, Alberta that trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ARY. The company is committed to growing shareholder value through international acquisitions and exploration. Avery's primary interest is in expanding exploration projects in oil and gas basins in countries that provide significant exploration upside coupled with favourable fiscal and legal systems.

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta students offer rights-themed snacks to counter Wiranto election bid Students in Jakarta are offering up snacks named after human rights violations they blame on Indonesian presidential candidate Wiranto in a bid to counter his campaign-related meal deals. The former military chief, one of five candidates in the July 5 election, has sponsored roadside food stalls known as "Warung Wiranto" (Wiranto's food stalls) which offer cheap meals. But students have set up their own stall near Jakarta's Bung Karno university, offering items like "Unrest Juice", referring to the 1998 riots in Jakarta, as well as "Human Rights Violation Noodles", "Semanggi Toast" and "Trisakti Porridge", the last two named after the killing of student demonstrators in 1998 and 1999. Students and rights activists accuse Wiranto of failing to halt bloody riots during President Soeharto's downfall in May 1998. Wiranto, who is also accused of crimes against humanity in East Timor in 1999, denies the allegations. He is far behind another ex-general, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in opinion polls.

UN lowers security status in West Timor The United Nations Security Council lowered its security status in West Timor regency to Alert IV from Alert V after an evaluation by the UN Security Coordination team on May 13 this year, a senior military officer said here on Monday. The evaluation concluded that security in West Timor had returned to normal following the murder of three employees of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2000, according to Col. Moeswarno Moesanip, chief of the Wirasakti Military Command overseeing East Nusa Tenggara province. The lowering of the security status clears the way for UN employees to resume humanitarian activities in the regency, said Moeswarno.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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