Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October 04, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October 04, 2004

Parliamentary member urges Australia be brought before International Court
Timor Post

Mr. Eusebio Guterres, a member of the National Parliament from Commission C said that Australia must be presented to the International Court if it violates Timorese rights in the Timor Sea negotiations. He advised the government to seriously consider a case.

Important to form forestry officer
Timor Post

Mr. Antonio Ximenes of the Democratic Christian Party said that he would be very proud if the government forms the position of Forestry Officer in order to help preserve Timor-Leste?s forests. This formation would be prevent random cutting and burning of trees; he noted that this is a response to Timor-Leste?s current forestry problems.

Respect Project in Venilale now 50 % implemented
Timor Post

The administrator of the Venilale Sub-district of the district of Baucau, Mr. Julio Tome da Silva, said that the Respect Project is now 50 % done and is focusing on road rehabilitation. Of the original budget of $ 9.990,00, $4.000,00 has been spent in the last year.

Australia contributes medicine for Timor-Leste groups
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The government of Australia contributed two containers of medicine to Timor-Leste through local NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). The NGOs are currently cooperating with the Ministry of Health, said the Deputy director of Ngo Forum, Ms. Dinora Grandeiro. She added this medicine will be distributed to several groups in Timor-Leste, such as Pante Costas, Ojetil, the Atauro Vikele Group, SMP I Paulus Iliomar, Ermera students, the Lawana Primary School and others.

Helmet regulations go into effect
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The introduction of helmet regulations was well received by the communities in Dili although some people are still not wearing helmets, said Mr. Sejario Martins, chief of the traffic division.

According to Martins' analysis, many motorcycle riders have died from traffic accidents thus far; for this reason, it is now obligatory for everyone to wear a helmet when they are riding on the road. Those who violate the law will be fined.

CLN buys 300 tonnes of rice
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The supervisor of Timor Leste National Logistic Center (CLN-TL), Ms. Maria Ximenes, said that this year only yielded 300 tones of rice in three districts of Timor-Leste: Maliana, Manaturo and Covalima. Since the qualities did not meet certain requirements, buyers would not buy 100 tones as what they had planned before. She added that the price stated was $0.13 per kilogram.s.

David de Araujo
World Bank, Dili Office

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