Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 12 April 2006


Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Wednesday 12 April 2006

National Media Reports

Paul Wolfowitz: without a strong justice system there will be no sustainable economic growth

The president of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz asked the government to reinforce the justice system in the country or be prepared to face problems with sustainable economic growth. Furthermore, Wolfowitz underlined that the country will face many challenges, and the government has good initiatives to overcome problems even though it will take time. “With the experience you have had in the past, you continue identifying yourself as a nation that lives in peace and harmony”.

In relation to Wolfowitz’s statement that “there will be a big challenge for the government to implement the budget for fiscal year 2006/2007,” MP Manuel Tilman (KOTA) said that this is only a recommendation from the head of the World Bank and Timor-Leste should consider implementing only what is relevant. “This country is led by a government under Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and not an outsider,” Tilman added. (TP, STL)

Too early for STAE to request for electoral observers from political parties

In response to Tomas Cabral’s, Director of STAE, recommendation asking political parties to prepare 1,000 members to act as observers for the general election in 2007, MPs Jose Nomiado (PD) and Lucia Lobato (PSD) said that it is still too early to discuss the issue. However, it is reported that KOTA spokesperson, Manuel Tilman, states that although there is no electoral law it is not wrong to prepare a 1,000 members from each party to be stationed in the electoral posts around the country during the election. (TP)

Arrival of GNR depends on preparation: Barris

Vice-Minister of Interior Alcino Barris said he is uncertain when the Portuguese police Guarda Nacional da Republica (GNR) will arrive in Timor-Leste to give training to the Unidade Intervenção Rapida (UIR) unit. Barris said the training depends on PNTL preparations with equipment but that it is likely to commence after Easter. He added that training would be held in Suai and Maliana. The Vice-Minister said training for PNTL must continue according to the needs of the UIR and Timor-Leste is grateful for the assistance provided by many countries. Barris added that the training from GNR is based on the bilateral agreement between Portugal and Timor-Leste. He underlined that GNR has proven to have a rigid training discipline and UIR personnel have spoken highly of their performance. (STL)

RTTL News Monitoring - 12­04­2006

Martial Group Fighting

RTTL reported a fight between two martial groups in Colmera, Dili on Monday night which left one man dead and one seriously injured. RTTL reported that 22-year-old Liborio Martins died of stab wounds. Minister of Interior Rogerio Lobato laments that a life has been lost due to martial arts groups problems. He said a total of 32 people are being investigated.

Fretilin Regional Conference

Jose Reis, Deputy Secretary General of Fretilin, stated that the purpose for the Fretilin Regional Conference is to define the party’s politics and provide a statue of congress. The conference does not aim to influence district delegations on whom to select during the National Congress. Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo also underscores that Fretilin is maintaining stability and development progress, noting that other parties are not able to do so.

PD Conference

RTTL also reported that PD held a conference in Dom Aleixo Sub-district as a preparation for the party’s congress. Mariano Sabino, the party’s Secretary General, said the gathering was to prepare the necessary documents and programs for the congress.

20 workers depart for Korea

RTTL reported that 20 Timorese workers yesterday (11/4) departed for Korea. Prior to their departure Prime Minister Alkatiri told the workers to use this opportunity to learn more from Korea and to share their experience when they return. Arsenio Bano, Minister of Solidarity, stated that according to the agreement between TL and Korea a total of 220 Timorese are scheduled to work in Korea, adding the 20 people that left are part of this group.

Regional Media Reports

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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