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

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

Timor Post

Bobonaro forms Business Association

The Manager of the Centre for Development of Managers in the District of Bobonaro, Luis Bere Buti, said that recently 34 business people formed the Association of Managers in the District (ASSED) with an objective to organizing themselves better for the future. Mr Buti said that the Association elected Francisco Pedro as the President, and for Vice-President Estevao Lopes. Mr Buti said that the association has six departments: technical, cooperative, tourism, industry, transport and training.


CPD-RDTL against Annan recommendation

The Coordinator of the CPD-RDTL, Aitahan Matak, said that his group is against the recommendation made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, to extend the UN mission in Timor-Leste for another year. He said the UN has to respect the sovereignty of the Republic Democratic of Timor-Leste.

Five schools in Aileu waiting for rehabilitation

A Member of the National Parliament, Alfredo Silva, said that five school buildings in the vicinity of the District of Aileu need urgent rehabilitation, and the procurement office within the Ministry of Finance has not signed the papers sent six months ago. He said he doesn?t know why there is a delay when the population wants their children to attend school but there are no facilities.

Wiranto lawyers on defense

At the occasion of the announcement of Wiranto's vice-presidential candidate the legal adviser to Wiranto, Muladi, said that a 60 page defense letter connected to the issue of the candidate's arrest warrant will be sent to Timor-Leste. Mr Muladi said a team of lawyers will send a 60-page defense letter to Timor-Leste's Prosecutor General offering an opinion on international and national law.

Mr Muladi said that while the Ad Hoc tribunal exists in Indonesia and is recognized by the UN, there cannot be any other judicial process in place or any external intervention. Mr Muladi said that the warrant violates the sovereignty of Indonesia, and Indonesia and Timor-Leste had agreed on the existence of two separate processes for national jurisdictions. "If that agreement is violated then Timor-Leste has violated the sovereignty of Indonesia."

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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