Subject: Media Monitoring September 21, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring September 21, 2004

Timor Post

Final selection of F-FDTL pending the military selection team from Portugal

The final selection in the F-FDTL (Timor-Leste Defence Force of Fretilin) recruitment procss has been delayed due to the late arrival of the Portuguese military selection team, said Captain Maucalo from Personel Division. The team has not given a clear response about when the are going to come and conduct the final test for 1,314 candidates who have passed the form documental selection. Their names will be publicized when the selection team?s arrival is confirmed. Mr. Maucalo noted that from an initial number of 1,314, they will only recruit 260 since this is what the administration has planned.

Belu Resort Police captured 3 illegal crossers

Belu (West Timor) Resort Police captured 3 illegal crossers from Timor-Leste in two alternative locations. Two of the crossers, Rafael Magno and Adelina Magno, were captured in the sub-village of Lakus a part of the Kewar village in the sub-district of Lekmanes. The third crosser, Ana Rosita, was captured in the Silawan village, a part of the sub-district of Tasifeto Timur. They are currently reporting to the Immigration Department in Atambua in order to be deported to Timor-Leste. The paper said that Rafael and Adelina Magno illegally crossed into West Timor to visit their parents who were sick. The head of Resort Police of Atambua, Mr. Elotrio Budlinar, noted that over time the Timorese border patrol will become even more effective.

Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

Branco calls RI Ambassador

The vice-Minster of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation called the Indonesian ambassador in Timor-Leste, Mr. Ahmad Bey Sofwan, to clarify information about an Indonesian navy vessel entering the territory. Mr. Ahmad said he is unsure about the presence of this boat and this issue will be escalated to Jakarta. He also stated that this issue will not cause instability between these two countries (Timor-Leste and Indonesia).

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