Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 30, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 30, 2004

Timor Post

Substitute Rogerio Lobato, says L7

The ex-Falintil Commander for Region III, Cornelio Gama (known as L7), said that he has asked the Government to reshuffle the Ministry of Interior and substitute Rogerio Tiago Lobato as Minister of Interior. He said that the Minister is behaving ill, just like during the Suharto regime. Mr Gama said that this kind of behaviour is not permitted and is not wanted because Rogerio Lobato is causing a lot of damages to the Nation and to the people.

Prime Minister loves the opposition

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he had asked the Opposition parties to go 'home' and 'rest' because he loves them. The Prime Minister said that he wants to carry on with his work and not waste time. The Prime Minister said the opposition prefers to go outside and scream about the budget instead of staying. If they want to go out then bid them farewell and have a pleasant rest, said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister said that the opposition makes a lot of demands for things that do not make any sense at all. Meanwhile a member of the Democratic Party (PD), Rui Menezes, said that the reason for his party to abandon the session was they didn't see any changes at all in the budget. He said that the only thing the budget for FY04-FY05 show is a budget pro-power and pro-rich.

17,000 new pre-paid meters will arrive, says Ovidio

The Minister for Transport, Telecommunication and Public Works, Ovidio de Jesus Amaral, said that 17,000 pre-paid electricity meters will arrive next week from Norway. The Minister said that the 10,000 pre-paid electricity meters, previously acquired, have all been installed. The Minister said that 10,000 out of the 17,000 pre-paid electricity meters will be installed in Dili, and 7,000 will be sent to the rest of the Districts.

Webui irrigation will be fixed, says Estanislau

The Minister of Agriculture, Fishery and Environment, Eastanislau da Silva, said that the irrigation system in Webui will be repaired even if the World Bank does not accept the Government proposal, and he will do everything to find other means to finance it. The Minister said that he will find donors that will help him to repair the irrigation system in Webui.

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Australia gives finance support to Police Force

The Australian Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Paul Foley, said that the Government of Australia will give finance support of USD$32 million to the development of the National Police Force. Mr Foley said that the finance will go for basic police training and the administrative side of it. Mr Foley said that the training will be conducted in cooperation with the Government of Britain.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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