Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring May 7, 2004

Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring May 7, 2004

ABC News

Timor Post

Government has budget too much centralized, says Tilman

A Member of the National Parliament, Manuel Tilman, said that the Government of Timor-Leste does not distribute the financial assistance from donors to departments like Courts and the National Parliament. He said that the financial support given by donors never reaches institutions that are in desperate need.

F-FDTL soon will transfer second battalion to Maliana

The Head of the Staff for the Defence Force of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) Colonel, Lere Anan Timor, said that soon the F-FDTL will deploy a second battalion to the District of Maliana, after the end of UNMISET mission. Colonel Lere said that one of the difficulties the F-FDTL is still facing is the infrastructure and budget. Colonel Lere said that F-FDTL will recruit more people in September because the army has only 1,500 soldiers and it?s not enough, especially to face external threats.


Government signs anti-corruption accord

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government of Timor-Leste has signed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, set as one of the priorities by the Government. The Prime Minister said that the signing of the document falls into the plan set by the Government to commit to fight corruption.

Japan to assist in repatriating refugees

The Japanese government promised that it would continue support for the handling and repatriation of East Timorese refugees still exiled in West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara province. Japan?s Ambassador for East Timor Hideaki Asaki, said in Kupang that the Japanese government had provided a grant worth Rp 53 billion (US$ 6.3 million) to the Indonesian government for resettlement, repatriation and health programs for East Timorese refugees. As of April this year, 86,600 east Timorese refugees had returned to their homeland. There are still a total of 15,699 refugees living in camps in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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