Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 8, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring March 8, 2004

STL

TL would become the safe haven for corrupters and the mafia, says Xanana

During the Third National Dialogue the President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, said that Timor-Leste could become the safe haven for mafia types if the justice system is not strong. He said what was most important was for the people to be guided by their conscience and their sense of responsibility. President Gusmao said that the justice system is a very serious problem that needs to be solved because the courts are the pillars for the democratic state.

PM's prestige has been denigrated by oil company, says Lu Olo

The President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres (Lu-Olo), said that the accusations made against the Prime Minister by Oceanic Exploration and the Petrotimor have to be proved. It is alleged that CoconotPhilips bribed officials and each member of Fretilin at the National Parliament received USD$50, 000. Lu Olo alleges that this accusation has been made by a member of the Australian Embassy named Jose and it has to be proved. Mr Lu Olo said that these false accusations have damaged the image of the Prime Minister and the National Parliament of Timor-Leste.

Petrotimor has proof to support corruption claims, says Pedro Carrascalão

Representative of Petrotimor in Timor-Leste, Pedro Carrascalão, said Oceanic Exploration and Petrotimor have concrete proof to support their allegation that ConocoPhilips gave USD$2,5 million to the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri. He said that Petrotimor is not afraid and will present the evidence in court.

PM needs to clarify the issue, says Lobato

A Member of the National Parliament, Lucia Lobato, said that the Prime Minister Dr Mari Alkatiri needs to address the National Parliament and clarify the allegation made against him by Oceanic Exploration and Petrotimor. She said that the allegations not only denigrates the Prime Minister, but they also adversely impact the credibility of the government of Timor-Leste under his leadership.

Timor Post

Court case can be done in Dili, says Horta

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that the allegations made by Oceanic Exploration and Petrotimor against the Prime Minister can be heard at the local court. He said that he has offered to help the Prime Minister in seeking a lawyer to assist in the preparation of a defamation case. Dr Horta said that he considers these allegations as serious accusation and Petrotimor has to prove it. He said that he trusts the Prime Minister 100% because he knows the Prime Minister never received any money from ConocoPhilips.

Japan donates medical equipment to Timor-Leste

The representant of UNMISET in Timor-Leste, Shui Meng, said that the medicine and equipment donated by the Government of Japan to the Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste will help bring basic health assistance to the people. She said that the support is to given so children and mothers can have a better healthier lifestyle.

Timor-Leste women seeks support for justice and peace

The Direcor of the Women Network (Rede Feto), Laura Menezes Lopes, said that Maria Olandina Caeiro and Ivete de Oliveira represented the Women Network at a meeting held in the United Nations about women's issues. She said that both members of the Women Network pleaded for an international support for the establishment of justice and peace for Timorese women. She said that they also asked for support for the establishment of an international tribunal for Timor-Leste.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email: ffilipe@worldbank.org


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