Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 26 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for November 26, 2004

Government will not intervene to reduce fuel price, says PM Mari Alkatiri Timor Post

The Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri noted that the government of Timor-Leste couldn't intervene to decrease the price of fuel because the government does not pay for the importing of the fuel.

Responding to the public transport strikes of the last few days, which urged the government to either regularize the price or increase the cost for daily passengers traveling with public transports, Mr. Alkatiri urged the people to understand that the current price of fuel was based on international standards for certain reasons.

The Prime Minister also said that this issue has been introduced to the National Parliament in order to discuss its impact on the Timorese population.

TL-Cuba Cooperate in Economy Sector Timor Post

Timor-Leste and the Republic of Cuba have established an economical, scientific and technical cooperation for both countries, which has been approved by the Timor-Leste Ministers Councils on Wednesday, November 24.

The aim of this agreement is to conduct systematic studies in order to develop the areas of cooperation mentioned above.

F-FDTL ready to maintain National Security Suara Timor Lorosa?e (STL)

The Timor-Leste Defense Force of Falintil (F-FDTL) Commander, General Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak said that his Department is ready to take security responsibilities for the country after the UNMISET mission conludes on May 20th 2005.

Mr. Matan Ruak said that it is the time for them to take full responsibility over national security after May 20 2005.

He also said that F-FDTL members have received substantial training so as to enhance their skills to handle their tasks.

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