Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring May 10, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring May 10, 2004

Timor Post

Meeting of former combatants

During a gathering of the ex-combatants and ex-Falintil freedom fighters to discuss the difficulties they are facing the President, Xanana Gusmão, said that the Government must "recognize" the work performed "by those who fought the war". The President reminded the former combatants that "they are the ones who have been remembered as heroes, they must try to understand today's process, which is very difficult, because we do not have the necessary financial means to do everything we should do". The President said that due to this problem he has voiced his concerns about the Timor Sea and the government must be encouraged to "claim the wealth" of the Timorese people. Meanwhile Domingos Sarmento the Minister of Justice was present at the gathering, said that the recommendations made by former ex-combatants and ex-Falintil veterans will be presented to the government.

Indonesian government donates rice to TL

The government of Indonesia has donated 45 tons of rice to Timor-Leste to assist the population affected by the long dry season in certain parts of the territory. The rice was handed by the head of the Indonesian Department of Food Security, Ahmad Suryana, to the Ministry of Finance. Mr Suryana said he had discussed cooperation between the two countries with the Timorese authorities, specially the technological development of agriculture, the increased of diversity of production, the Indonesian technological assistance, and donors funds provided by Australia, Japan, Canada and USA.

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Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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