Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 30 November 2005

[Poster's note: Long repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list (info@etan.org) have been removed.]

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Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

UNOTIL Daily Media Review

Wednesday, 30 November 2005

National Media Reports

Lu Olo: President Gusmão to Present CAVR report to UN Secretary-General

President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres, reportedly told the media that President Xanana Gusmão presented the final report of the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) reported Timor Post. He added that President Gusmão would have the authorization by January 2006, to present the referred CAVR final report to the UN Secretary-General to enable him to understand what is written in the report and whether the report reflects what had happened in the past, as well as whether the final report provides sufficient information. (TP)

PM Alkatiri: A fund of USD 51, 267 to be distributed to the veterans

PM Mari Alkatiri reportedly told the media that there is a fund of USD 51, 267 as a temporary measure to commence in December until there is approved legislation in place to reward veterans who devoted their whole lives for the freedom of Timor-Leste, reported Timor Post. According to Timor Post, there are 37 veterans from the 13 districts who will be included in this programme that is supported by the Solidarity fund. The report also mentioned that it would be the Ministry of Labour and Community Reinsertion, who will handle the programme. (TP)

US lifts Indonesian arms sanctions, Minister Horta satisfied

Speaking to the media during the departure of the Sao Tome Principe's President, Fredique de Menezes at Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Minister Ramos Horta reportedly told the media that he is happy that the US has lifted the arms sanction against Indonesia following the 1991, Santa Cruz Massacre, reported Timor Post. He added that Indonesia needs help; Timorese might disagree and agree with Indonesian military acts but Timorese also want TNI to change their behaviour instead of sanctions. He further added that he had previously spoke to the US congress and the Secretary of State, Collin Powell in order to lift the arms sanctions on Indonesia as the sanctions were imposed due to human rights issues which no longer exist. He also stated that Timor-Leste is a free independent country that has got good bilateral ties with Indonesia. (TP, STL)

MP Andrade: TL and Indonesia should identify former militia members in West Timor

Speaking to the media on Monday as a response to the recent reported shooting incidents in Atabae in Bobonaro District when the PNTL Reserve Unit was reportedly involved in an exchange of fire with former militia members, MP José Andrade reportedly urged both Timor-Leste and Indonesian Governments to identify former militia members currently live in West Timor. Andrade said that after identifying them, Indonesia Government could settle those militia members in other islands, with the aim of making them as live far away from the border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia so that the infiltration of militia in the border areas can be easily tackled, adding that otherwise there would be always problems of infiltration. (STL)

President de Menezes: Investment Law means nothing if foreigners are not welcome

Cape Verde President, Fredariq Menezes reportedly said that the recently established investment law is meaningless if the investors are not welcome by the Timorese people, reported STL on Wednesday. Menezes said the Timorese have an attitude of antipathy, forcing foreigners to spend only a short time in the country. Therefore he added the Timorese should be prepared to accept others [foreigners] to conduct business activities. (STL)

Dili Prosecution Office Suspected of Involvement in Cover-up Cases

It is reported that the Dili Prosecution Office was suspected of involvement in cover-up cases of confiscation of goods such as beer, wine and others without the consent of the judge or the Head of Dili District court. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, MP Alexandre Corte Real of UDT was quoted as saying that the law allows auctions to be held for the confiscated goods because of certain reasons, but the process should be handled properly in accordance with the procedures. Corte Real argued that the money obtained from the auction of goods should be deposited to the account of the Prosecution Office pending the settlement of the cases. If during the process of settlement, Corte Real said, the owners of goods are proved to lose the cases, the money should be transferred to the State account, but if it is the opposite, the owners should be reimbursed in cash along with the receipts. Moreover, Corte Real said that the accountability towards the confiscated goods is important so that the public trusts the prosecution office, otherwise this will destroy the image of the Prosecution office itself. (STL).

TVTL News Monitoring

30 Anniversary Celebrations: The day when the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (RDTL) was unilaterally declared, 28 November 1975, was celebrated solemnly throughout the country this year. In the capital Dili, the thirtieth anniversary of Independence was celebrated with flag raising ceremony at the Government Palace. After the ceremony, the leaders lay flowers in the sea to honour all the fallen heroes.

Foreign Investment Conference: After the opening ceremony of the conference, the Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told journalists that private investment is crucial for the development of Timor-Leste in providing employment opportunities and improving human resources of the Timorese. He also stated that the conference was aimed at giving the opportunity to foreign investors to identify the sectors in which they wish to invest.

Horta on Military Sanction Lift: The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Ramos Horta told reporters that in order to improve the capability of the Indonesian military, there should be engagement, such as training, rather than sanctions.

Government Allocates funds for Veterans: The Minister for Labor and Community Reinsertion, Arsenio Paixao Bano told journalists that the subsidy will be paid monthly to a number of about 37 identified veterans. Minister Bano affirmed that other recipients are still being processed, pending the draft law on veterans at the National Parliament.

Alola Foundation pledges support for Separated Children: After meeting with the Minister for Labor and Community Reinsertion, Arsenio Paixao Bano, the Executive Director of Alola Foundation, Kirsty Sword Gusmao told journalists that her foundation is prepared to help the children who still remain in Indonesia to be reunited with their parents, especially those whose parents have limited resources to support their kids' school. Minister Bano, meanwhile, stated that the Government is fully committed to the reunion of the children with their families.

Former Refugees entitlement rights: More than 200 former refugees in the village of Cassa, in the District of Ainaro are reported to have been unable to retain their entitlement rights towards their land and property that were seized by their fellow villagers. It was also reported that these former refugees have also been experiencing intimidation.

 

National News Sources

Timor Post (TP)
Radio Timor-Leste (RTL)
Suara Timor Lorosae (STL)
Diario Tempo (DT)
Diario Nacional
Seminario
Lia Foun (LF)
Televisaun Timor-Leste [TVTL]

These Items Do Not Reflect the Position or Views of the United Nations. UNOTIL Public Information Office


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