Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 19, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring March 19, 2004

Scotland on Sunday

Timor Post

Members of PNLT suspended not expelled, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that members of the National Police Force had been suspended from their duties and not expelled for undisciplined behaviour and not acting according to police service standards. The Prime Minister said that members of the Police Force cannot participate in protests against the Government. Dr Alkatiri said that an internal investigation is being carried out to find whether or not the police were involved in late night protest.

Special Police Force is not closed, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the special police force unit has not closed down, but they are on leave until the necessary equipment for their training arrives. The Prime Minister said that some members of the special force are on leave for three weeks, while others are back on regular police duties on their respective police stations.


108 sought medical treatment for malaria in Aileu

The Director of the Health Centre in the District of Aileu, Rogerio da Conceicão, said that last month alone 108 patients sought medical treatment for malaria in the health centre. He said that 86 children were treated for pulmonary and throat infections. Mr Da Conceicão said that the Hospital in Aileu has started a campaign of information to the community to use mosquito nets to avoid being infected with malaria.

Public servants have to fulfil their working hours

The Vice-Minister of State, Ilda Maria da Conceicão, said that good public servants are those who fulfil their working hours, and show up for work on time. She said that she has heard that some public servants are not fulfilling their duties nor showing up on time to work. Mrs da Conceicão said that she had also heard that some Department of Agriculture staff had never sought people's opinion on irrigation systems in the rice fields.

East Timor President won't stand

East Timor's President, Xanana Gusmão, said he would not stand for re-election in the country's second presidential elections in 2007. "I am tired. Five years is enough for me," the independent hero and former guerrilla leader told the Portuguese newsagency Lusa.

Bishop Belo could stand for President of East Timor

East Timor's President Xanana Gusmão's announcement that he will not stand for re-election in 2007 has put the spotlight on retired East Timor Bishop Carlos Belo, who has indicated he might run for President. In comments last month that went unreported in Australia, Bishop Belo said he would consider running for President if he had strong popular support for the move, and if President Gusmão decided not to run again.

Horta pays official visits to Europe and Africa

Senior Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, has left Dili to speak at the Human Rights Commission in Geneva. He will then have an Official visit to Europe and African countries, such as Switzerland, Poland, Guine Bissau, Angola and Mozambique. In Maputo, Mozambique, Dr Ramos Horta, will officially inaugurate the embassy of Timor-Leste, which will be the first embassy of RDTL in Africa. Ms Marina Alkatiri, will be Charged' Affairs of Timor-Leste to Maputo, Mozambique.

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