Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 26, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring March 26, 2004

Timor Post

Members of PSD threatened due to bribery allegation

A Member of Social Democratic Party (PSD) at the National Parliament, Maria Paixão, told the National Parliament that two members of her party (PSD) received messages on their mobile telephones, advising them not to raise the subject of the bribery allegations involving the Prime Minister. "If you speak again, we will fix a place for you", said the message sent to the mobile telephones of MPs Lucia Lobato and Joao Goncalves, reported Timor Post on Thursday. Mrs Paixão said Timor Telecom has been approached to provide information on who might be the sender of the messages.

I have no time to threaten them, says Mari

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he has no time to threat people and he doesn't know anything about threats against other people related to accusations of alleged bribery. He said that such talk has always been the tactic of the opposition.

Australia is stealing our petrol, says PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that Australia has stolen USD$1 billion of Timor's oil and gas, and according to the international law, Australia has no right to it. The Prime Minister said that if international law is applied Sunrise field belongs to Timor-Leste. Dr Alkatiri said that the Government has to set up an strategy to defend the country's position on the issue.

Bid for Timor billions in trust

A lobby group supporting East Timor wants Australia to put the billions flowing from some of the Timor Gap oil and gas fields into a trust fund until the boundary dispute is solved. East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said this week that Australia was breaching international law by taking billions of dollars worth of oil and gas from the Timor Gap fields, which East Timor says it owns. Representatives of the Timor Sea Justice Campaign appeared before a Senate inquiry in Canberra (yesterday) saying legislation now being considered would give Australia control over huge fuel supplies that belonged to the impoverished country. Spokesman Dan Nicholson said the bill to implement the Timorese agreement would give 82 per cent of its revenue to Australia even though the deposit was half the distance from East Timor as it was from Australia. Dan Nicholson group wants Australia to negotiate a deal more beneficial to East Timor.

WSS will implement tariff

The Minister for Transport, Telecommunication and Public Works, Ovidio de Jesus Amaral, said that Water and Sanitation Service (WSS) will apply a tariff to consumers from June, 2004 to cover the costs of delivering clean water to each household. He said that consumers will pay 0.20 cents for every 14 milliliters of water consumed. Mr Amaral said that new water meters soon will be installed in every household and the tariff will start in FY05.

Valuable report presented by UNTL, says Ximenes

The Vice-Minister for Development and Environment, Abel Ximenes, said that the investigation done by the National Investigation Centre and National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) on the land and proprieties is very positive. He said that the result of the investigation was presented by UNTL in a report with recommendations for the Government to study.


Wiranto hits back on UN allegations

Former Indonesian military chief and prominent presidential candidate General Wiranto has challenged United Nations prosecuters in East Timor to come to Indonesia and discuss their allegations that he is guilty of gross human rights abuses. Acting as General Wiranto's spokesperson (yesterday) former Indonesian Justice Minister Professor Muladi said General Wiranto would meet the leaders of the UN's Serious Crimes Unit if they agree to visit Indonesia before the election, which will take place on April 5. Professor Muladi accused the UN prosecutors of "character assassination" and released a document, approved by General Wiranto, which argues that attempts by UN prosecutors to obtain a warrant for General Wiranto's arrest are a breach of international law.

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