Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 24, 2004

Timor Post

Volunteers service, says Ruak

The F-FDTL Commander, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, said recently that there has not been any policy regarding military service, because for the moment it is a voluntary service. Brigadier General Ruak said this after a meeting with the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri. The Brigadier said that the institution is not forcing anybody to join the army. Youth join and leave military institutions for different reasons, maybe they are volunteering or just trying to test 'the sweet and bitterness' of being in military service.

Timor-Leste to participate in terrorism training

Today's edition of the newspaper says that Timor-Leste will join twenty-six other countries to participate in a two-week training on counter terrorism in Semarang, Central Java. The newspaper says that the Indonesian Mission (KUKRI) Chargé de Affairs, Fauzi Bustani made the announcement and added that the number of participants in the training is limited to 30 people. Mr Bustani said that the twenty-six countries are Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste. Mr Bustani said that the Mission had offered two scholarships to Timorese high school students who had just finished, in the context of ASEAN framework called Southwest Pacific Dialogue or (SWPD).

Suara Timor Loro Sa?e (STL)

20 years to reduce poverty

A Member of the National Parliament for Fretilin, Alfredo da Silva, said that the Government of Timor-Leste has set up a plan to reduce poverty in the country for the next twenty years. He said that for this to happen it needs to focus on economic cooperation and investment.

Reduce tariff of electricity, says Leman

A Member of the National Parliament for Social Democratic Party (PSD), Reak Leman, said that the Government needs to reduce the electricity tariff so poor people are able to pay. He said that many consumers without any means cannot pay the electricity bills. Mr Leman said that the distribution of electricity is not working well because either the Government does not know how to operate it or does not have the right mechanism in place yet.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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