Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring June 15, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 15, 2004

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

World Bank supports Government of Timor-Leste

During an opening session at the Business Development Centre (BDC) for Trainers Training, the World Bank Country Manager, Elisabeth Huybens, said that the World Bank will continue to give its support to the Government of Timor-Leste on the implementation of the National Development Program. Ms Huybens said that the NDP has two important aspects: to reduce poverty and support economic growth. Ms Huybens said that economic growth will bring investors, creating work for the people of Timor-Leste.

Rights group denounces Australia over Timor oil

A US based rights group denounced Australia yesterday, saying Canberra should be "ashamed" for allegedly robbing East Timor of much needed oil and gas revenues from the disputed seabed between the two nations. "Australia should be ashamed to continue to profit from this," said John Miller from the New York based East Timor Action Network in a statement received yesterday.

Government of Italy donates generator to EDTL

During the ceremony for the opening of the power station in the Sub-District of Lolotoe, the Secretary of State for Electricity and Water, Egidio de Jesus, said that the Government of Italy has donated the Generator through the Asian Development Bank for the people in Lolotoe. He said that its up to the people now to help maintain and contribute for the running cost.

Two weeks before budget is approved

A Member of the National Parliament for Social Democratic Party (PSD), Lucia Lobato, said that it will take two weeks before members of the National Parliament can approve the budget presented by the Government. Ms Lobato said that they need to know first if last years budget has been spent or not.

Timor Post

Medicine stock low at the National Hospital

A Member of the National Parliament for the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Fernando Gusmão, said that the stock of medicine is getting low at the National Hospital Guido Valadares. He said that the information was given by doctors at the National Hospital. Mr Gusmão said that he hopes the Minister of Health will take quick action because even syringes are running out of stock.

35 families give their time to rehabilitate road

Today's edition of the newspaper says 35 families from the Suco Uato-Baco in the Sub-District of Venilale had given their time for free to rehabilitate 2,5 kilometers of the road that was in bad condition due to the rain. The newspaper says that a resident of the area, Filomeno Camara Guterres, said the families consultated amongst themselves and took the task in repairing the road, so the nurses could have access to their village. He said that now the villagers are happy because the nurses are paying frequent visits.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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