Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 05 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring For November 5, 2004

Xanana calls attention to difficulties in meeting with donors Timor Post

The President of Timor-Leste, Mr. Xanana Gusmao, called for donors' attention to population difficulties in a meeting held Wednesday in the Presidential Residence, Caicoli

The participants of the meeting included representatives of the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), International Monetary Fund (IMF), BNU, World Bank, Asia Development Bank (ADB), RESPECT, and the Micro Finance Institute.

The objective of gathering was to define the working mechanisms of donors and propose facilitation to develop the communities' lives and help them eradicate poverty.

In the meeting, the president was apprised of the working progress of each institute in attendance.

Relationship of USA-TL will continue to be strong, says Prime Minister Timor Post

The Presidential election in the United States of America will not have a negative impacts on Timor-Leste, but will strengthen the relationship of the two countries, said the Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri.

Mr. Alkatiri noted that Timor-Leste and the United States have cooperated since 1999 and therefore, with the reelection of George W. Bush, the relationship will continue to be positive in the future.

The Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Bush on his reelection.

Timor-Leste government intends to stop petroleum exploration by Petrolips Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The government of Timor-Leste directed a letter recently to Petrolips, a company which is exploring gas and petroleum in Timor Sea, asking them to cease exploration. The letter is an instrument used by the government to defend the nation's sovereignty, said the Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri.

Mr. Alkatiri noted that through the letter, the government is showing that the gas and petrolelum exploration belongs to the Timorese and not anybody else.

The Prime Minister promised that the government will seek other ways of justice, if the company does not respond to the letter sent. Lack of compliance does not mean that the government will take this case to a tribunal.

Luis to coach East Timor SBS

Former Benfica forward Jose Luis will coach the East Timor squad for its debut in the Tiger Cup.

"Hard work is ahead of us. I will only have a limited time with the players to prepare the challenge ahead, but I believe that we can create a team capable of dignifying our presence," Luis said.

East Timor has been grouped with host Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Philippines in the first round of southeast Asia's biennial international soccer competition which starts Dec. 8 in Kuala Lumpur.

Luis has previously worked with Benfica's youth squads and coached teams in Portugal's second division league.

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