Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring May 19, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring May 19, 2004

Timor Post

Assistance and determination to overcome obstacles, says PM

During a speech at the Timor-Leste and Development Partners Meeting (TLDPM) the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the development partners were able to stay with Timor-Leste in the thrilling voyage that is building a State. With the development partners assistance and Timorese determination they were able to overcome many difficulties. The Prime Minister said "although we had considerable progresses in the governance area, we cannot rest on our laurels, since our people are still suffering from poverty and deprivations". The Prime Minister said "the Government will continue with pragmatic policies and actions that are adequate to our emerging democracy, with the purpose to improve good governance. The Government seeks perfection and excellence, but in the context of the real world that is the one we live in". The Prime Minister went on to say "I wish to reiterate that the ultimate test of good governance is meeting the needs of the people. It is the provision of education that is relevant, delivering quality health services, supplying clean water and safe sanitation and reducing the burden on women and children, the construction and maintenance of access roads and supplying electricity. Above all, it is creating the enabling conditions for the people to work hard and lift themselves out of poverty".

We hope one day to reach a time of "fat Cows", says Xanana

The President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, said in his speech at the TLDPM that he hoped one day to reach a time of "fat cows", where Timor-Leste can also take part in the panel of donors to humbly offer its contribution, small as it may be, to alleviate the suffering of fellow human beings, like the Timorese, who are struggling for survival in their daily lives. The President congratulated the Government for the efforts introduced in the understanding and assimilation of the need for transparency and accountability. The President called to the attention of the development partners that greater technical assistance to Parliament is needed, so as to enable it to completely carry out its obligations, such as the Legislative Organ of the Nation. The President focused also on Justice, which will definitively depend on the principle of the supremacy of Law and consequently, on the credibility of the democratic process.

Very positive the donors meeting, says Tilman

The Vice-President of the Commission C at the National Parliament, Manuel Tilman, said that the TLDPM meeting has been a very positive one with donors and Government presenting new measures to financial support that the opposition, and civil society have been very critical about. He said that the positive aspect of it is that finally the government is paying attention to the needs of the National Parliament and the Justice in particular.


Public service needs to be free from corruption, says Sharma

The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN Ambassador, Kamalesh Sharma, said in his speech at the TLDPM meeting that the public service in Timor-Leste needs to be responsive and with capacity, be able to avoid and be free from corruption. He said that the Government has to improve the institutional capacity which includes the Judiciary, National Parliament and the Cabinet of the President.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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