Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 2, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring March 2, 2004


From now on F-FDTL has to behave, says Gusmão

The Presidente of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, said the he expects from now on the F-FDTL to behave as an army. He said that the recent incident in Lospalos where 100 soldiers were involved in an incident with policegave a bad image to the army and left him sad.

Materials stole from a school under rehabilitation

The head of the project to rehabilitate the pre-secondary and secondary schools in the District of Ainaro, Patricio Guterres, said that on Sunday night, someone had dismantled doors and windows from a school building undergoing rehabilitation. He said that the police were called to the scene and they are conducting an investigation.

Police stop PSD meeting in Uatolari

The Vice-President for Political Affairs and Jurisdiction of Social Democratic Party (PSD), Lucia Lobato, said that the police in Uatolari stop the National Delegation of Political Commission in the sub-district of Uatolari. She said that the police officer said that was not the Commission's fault, but the fault of the "stupid" people who follow this party. Ms Lobato said that the police action was against the people's rights written in the constitution.

UN shows no enthusiasm to prosecute serious crimes

The article said that The UN has been continuously criticized by members of the Parliament and by lawyers, who say the Organization no longer shows any enthusiasm regarding the cases of serious Human Rights violations in Timor-Leste. According to the newspaper, such lack of enthusiasm is followed by a tendency for taking from Indonesia's shoulders the responsibility for the crimes committed in the past. "The tendency of the UN is to leave unpunished the serious Human Rights violations in East Timor. It seems the UN wants to attribute to the government of Timor Leste the task of solving these cases, although since the beginning everyone knew that that was a problem under UN responsibility", said Leandro Isaac, Member of Parliament, as quoted by the newspaper. STL also quotes the chief of HAK Association, Jose Luis de Oliveira, according to whom the UN has been practicing a "politics of washing hands" in relation to this subject.

Timor Post

PM made a surprised visit to Transport Division

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, made an unexpected visit to the Department of Transport in Balide, after receiving many complaints from people that the service was not up to standard. During the visit the Prime Minister heard from various people that they had being waiting for their registration papers for more than a month. The Prime Minister said afterwards that the inspector had previously conducted an investigation to the Department of Transport. He said that he brought along the Inspector General who heard also the complaints, and he has called a meeting for next week with members of transport division, the Minister and Vice-Minister of Transport.

Horta will visit frontier

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that he will visit the border region this week to see for himself the situation at the border with Indonesia. He said that he had spoken with the Prime Minister about the border demarcation and the security.

If you don't pay stay in dark, says Ruak

The Brigadier general of F-FDTL, Taur Matan Ruak, said that the Government has said many times that if you don't pay to contribute for diesel to run the electricity generators, then the Government is forced to cut the electricity. He said that if people don't want to pay, why shouldn't the Government cut off their power.

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