Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring August 31, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 31, 2004

Timor Post

I am not Soeharto, says Alkatiri

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he is not a dictator like Soeharto regime was, because he has nothing to hide nor does he do whatever he wants to do like Soeharto used to do. The Prime Minister said that as a Prime Minister he abides by the constitution of the RDTL. The Prime Minister said that there is no one above the law in the country and people should stop thinking that they can do whatever they please and not obey the law.

Xanana believes that TL-RI relation will grow

The President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, said that he believes that relation between Timor-Leste and the Republic of Indonesia will continue to strengthen. The President said that the people of both countries should also contribute to this and help reconstruct the future of both countries.

Cannot confuse popular justice and democracy, says Xanana

The President, Xanana Gusmão, said that some sector of the society people have said that the recent dialogue about veterans issue at the gymnasium was like popular justice. The President said that people might be creating these rumours because they don?t know the difference between democracy and popular justice.

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Youth behaves like militias when set houses on fire

The F-FDTL Commander Brigadier General, Taur Matan Ruak, said that the youth martial arts groups are behaving like militias by setting houses on fire. The brigadier General said that before militias were accused of setting houses on fire, and now the youth are behaving exactly like the militias. The Brigadier General said that youth need to know that what they are doing is wrong when they burn people?s homes causing more suffering to people with hardly anything.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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