Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring May 14, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring May 14, 2004

Timor Post

Special Police Force received 180 guns from Malaysia

The Government of Timor-Leste has received 180 guns, ammunitions and other equipment from the Malaysian Government, as part of its assistance to the training program of the Timor-Leste Special Police. For some time Malaysian instructors provided training to the Timorese Special Police, but the program was halted for lack of the necessary equipment. Speaking to journalists the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, praised the commitment of the Malaysian Government to Timor-Leste in the development of its defense forces.

PM will not intervene in court decision

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he will not intervene in any decision made by the courts over Wiranto's case, because the courts jurisdiction is an independent one. The Prime Minister said that he does not believe that anyone will be arrested when elected as President to stand trial over the alleged crimes.

TVTL to run more programs in Bahasa Indonesia, says Gomes

A Member of the National Parliament (ASDT), Pedro Gomes, said that TVTL has to face the actual reality and should have more programs and the news bulletin in the language that the majority understands - Bahasa Indonesia. He said that the National Parliament should coordinate with the Government to fulfill the people's needs.

Ministry of Health to participate in the WHA in Geneva

A delegation from the Health Ministry will visit Geneva to participate in the World Health Assembly scheduled for May 17-22. The delegation will be headed by the Minister of Health, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo and the Head of the World Health Organization, Dr Alex Andjaparidje.


Sandalwood detained by Police

The Police Commander in the District of Covalima, Patricio de Jesus, said that during an operation in the village of Suku Labarai the Police detained two villagers with three tons of sandalwood in their possession. Mr de Jesus said that the two men were brought to Dili and are waiting to be sentenced.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email:

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