Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 12, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring March 12, 2004

Timor Post

PM will not go to National Parliament, says Lu Olo

The President of the National Parliament, Lu Olo, said that the Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri will not come to Parliament to clarify the issue of alleged bribes paid to him by ConocoPhillips. Mr Lu Olo said that the Prime Minister has stated that those who have accused him need to provide proof and it is not up to him to clarify the issue.

I'm not defending Mari, says Xanana

The President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, said that he not defending the Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri over Petrotimor and Oceanic Exploration allegation that he has received USD$2,5 million from ConocoPhillips,but, he was speaking according to his principles. President Gusmão reiterated that he does not accept the allegation, and he does not accept it because the accusation is false. The President said that the only support ConocoPhillips gave to Timor-Leste was vehicles for the Independence festivities in 20 of May, 2002, and not money just to one person.

PSD distributing political pamphlets to people and students

The head of the village of Aloikai in the sub-district of Watulari, District of Viqueque, Henrique de Carvalho, said that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has been distributing political leaflets to the population in his village. He said the people had refused to accept them because it is not yet time for political campaigns. Mr de Carvalho said that members of PSD took with them a school teacher that supposed to be teaching and not doing political campaigns.

It is important for the Police to respect people's right, says PM

During a presentation on how to control protesters by the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR) the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that fundamentally the national police force (PNTL) and UIR must respect the human rights. The Prime Minister also appealed to the UIR to act according to their obligations, and to defend the people and the government against any enemy treat.

STL

Government of Britain donates fax machines to the PNTL

During a workshop for the National Policeon how to manage their budget and create departmental plans the Ambassador for Britain in Timor-Leste, Tina Redshaw, said that it is very important for the national police to develop their skills. She said that 23 fax machines were donated by the British Embassy to the police for them to be able to send urgent documents. Ms Redshaw said that the Government of Britain will continue give much needed support to the national police of Timor-Leste.

Habitat for Humanity supports District of Liquica

The District Administrator of Liquica, Aurora Ximenes, said that Habitat for Humanity have provided financial support to the people in the village of Hekar, Sub-district of Liquica for rehabilitating their homes. She said that the financial support was important to help the community reestablish themselves.

Cultural Centre will hold a trade fair for art crafts

The Secretary of State for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Virgilio Smith, said that his Ministry, in cooperation with the Portuguese Cultural Centre in Dili, will hold a Trade Fair for arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre (Uma Fukun) on March 13. He said that the Fair will gather together people who are making a living from "tais" (traditional woven material) and statues.Mr Smith said that the Fair will promote Timor's art crafts and show the artisans at work.

East Timor court jail militiaman over 1999 torture

A former pro-Jakarta militiaman has been jailed for three years by an East Timor court, for torturing an independence supporter during the territory's breakaway from Indonesia in 1999. Prosecutors told the court that Abilio Mendes Correia had admitted to "inhumane acts" against Mariana da Costa, including severe beatings and torture. Correia was a member of the Besi Merah Puthi militia group, when the incident took place, in Liquica District in August 1999. An estimated 1,000 people were killed before and after East Timor's independence ballot. The east Timor court that sentenced Correia, known as the Special Panel for Serious Crimes, is the only tribunal of its kind.

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


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