Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 11 2004

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November 11, 2004

Ministry of Public Works Announces Road Construction Timor Post

State Secretary of Public Works, Mr. Joao B. Alves, informed the National Parliament of a road construction project of US$ 4,9 million for 2004/2005 fiscal years from the G Commission. He said the government is giving priority to constructing roads and bridges to enable communities to have easy access to local markets to sell their produce. He also informed members of the bilateral support received from the European Union and Japan in development projects.

MAFP Support Fish farmers Timor Post

In order to improve nutritional levels in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries provides financial support to farmers to farm fishes in ponds. The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Mr. Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, said his ministry gives priority to the food security program under which the consumption of fish is being promoted for children?s growth.

The Ministery supports fish farmers through seven groups receiving aid from a fund of US$ 2.412.

UN SG Annan: East Timor Mission Should Continue ABC NEWS

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 10, 2004 ? Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday recommended against reducing the U.N. mission in East Timor in its final six months, saying the new nation hasn't reached "the critical threshold of self-sufficiency."

In a report to the Security Council, Annan said East Timor's administration especially its financial, banking and judicial institutions "remain weak and fragile" despite "notable advances."

He said U.N. civilian advisers who should be mentors by now, continue to perform important jobs in key institutions, U.N. civilian police advisers remain "indispensable" in training the national police force and U.N. troops are still needed to support security and stability.

The Timorese defense force "remains hampered by a lack of experienced personnel, appropriate training regimes and equipment and by limited logistic capacity," Annan said.

The Security Council voted in May to wind up the U.N. mission on May 20, 2005 and drastically reduce its size from more than 1,660 troops, 300 international police and 77 military observers. Annan recommended retaining current levels until the mission ends: 310 troops, a 125-member international response unit, 42 military liaison officers, 157 civilian police advisers and 58 civilian advisers.

East Timorese voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999. The Indonesian military and its proxy militias struck back with violence that killed 1,500 Timorese and displaced 300,000. The United Nations administered the territory for 2 1/2 years, and then handed it to the Timorese on May 20, 2002.

China to Further Cooperation with East Timor

BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- China will further enhance its cooperation with East Timor in various fields, including economy and trade, and will continue to support East Timor's economic and social reconstruction, Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan said here Wednesday.

Tang made the remarks in his meeting with East Timor Prime Minister Mary Alkatiri, who is here to attend the eighth Annual CEO Forum of BusinessWeek.

The Chinese government attaches importance to its good-neighborly and friendly relations with East Timor, he said. Tang said the relations between China and East Timor has witnessed noteworthy progress since the two countries established diplomatic ties two years ago.

The two sides enjoy good cooperative relations between their governments, legislatures and ruling parties. The two countries also enjoy smooth cooperation in the fields of oil and gas exploration, agriculture and fishery, he said.

P.M. Alkatiri expressed appreciation for China's support and assistance for East Timor. He said that the government of East Timor is ready to further enhance its exchanges and cooperation with China while attracting more Chinese enterprises to invest in the country. He also reaffirmed East Timor's firm adherence to the one-China policy. Tang expressed appreciation and gratitude in return.

Timor-Leste Not Yet Fully Self-Sufficient Press Release: United Nations

Timor-Leste has not yet achieved a critical threshold of self-sufficiency, as public administration there remains weak and fragile, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report seeking a final six-month extension for the United Nations mission in the tiny nation.

Timor-Leste has made "steady progress" in its institution-building efforts over the past three months, Mr. Annan says, adding that the Government has made "considerable" efforts to address pressing issues, such as the plight of veterans, as well as prepare for local elections.

He recommends that the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) be retained in the country through 20 May 2005 to help it to consolidate its gains. The Mission is currently providing assistance to the country's justice system and core administrative structures, contributing to the development of its national police, and helping to maintain security.

The report is based on the findings of a UN technical assessment mission that visited Timor-Leste in October.

Over the next six months, Mr. Annan says, the UN mission will be focusing on preparations for its exit strategy so that the country would not suffer significantly from its withdrawal.

UNMISET is composed of 58 civilian advisers, 150 civilian police advisers, 42 military liaison officers and a security force of some 430 military personnel, including an infantry company and air support.

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