Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 19 April 2006


Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Wednesday 19 April 2006

National Media Reports

Pedro Carrascalão clarifies allegations against PM

Representative of Petro Timor in Timor-Leste, Pedro Carrascalão said an allegation of bribery against Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri was initiated in 2004 by some individuals to bring down the Minister. Carrascalao added that he had not accused Alkatiri of receiving bribes from Ocean Exploration as reported by the media in 2004. He said many people telephoned him at the time asking for evidence to use against Alkatiri but he did not have any information and his objective was not to bring down anyone. He said he has been trying to meet with the Prime Minister since then but has not had the opportunity to do so, noting that some people have been trying to prevent the meeting. According to the media, Pedro recently met with Alkatiri to discuss investment opportunities in the country, and at the same took the opportunity to clarify the events leading to accusations against the PM regarding accepting bribes. (TP, STL, DN)

President meets leaders of political parties

President Gusmão on Tuesday invited leaders of six political parties to discuss current issues and the preparations for 2007 elections. Those that participated were representatives from Partido Liberal (PL), Partido Nacionalista (PN), Partido Socialista Timorense (PST), and Partido Democratico Cristão (PDC). According to Nelson Tomas Correira, President of PST, the points discussed were the problem of F-FDTL, which President Gusmão said a mechanism is being discussed between the government and F-FDTL to find a solution, the martial arts group problem, the electoral law and other problems like the Commission of Former Cadres of the Resistance and the preparations for the 2007 elections. On the latter, President Gusmão asked the political parties to reorganize and revitalize themselves in order to have a composition balance in the National Parliament. On the issue of F-FDTL, Correia stressed that the Minister of Defense, Roque Rodriques should make an organic law to regulate F-FDTL and also military court to process them according to legal procedures. (TP, DN)

Approval of Electoral Law is crucial

The president of ASDT party and vice president of the National Parliament, Francisco Xavier do Amaral said the Parliament hopes to receive the electoral law from the Council of Ministers sooner in order to allow the Parliament more time for discussion and debate, especially commission A which has the competency for this matter. Xavier Amaral underlined that if the document is presented to the Parliament late they will not have time to discuss and would just implement it. On the same issue, National Parliament Secretary of Sub Commission A, Alfredo da Silva told reporters that the electoral law is exclusive to the parliament and as enshrined in the constitution MPs can propose the laws, but not political parties. He said the commission will be open to the public so the political parties can provide good inputs to make the law. Silva reportedly says he believes there will be no manipulations in the general election in 2007 because there is good mechanism to prevent this. (STL)

RTTL news headlines18-04-2006

Mgr Nacimento: Educating Martial Arts Groups is important

Commenting on the fights between Martial Arts groups in Timor-Leste lately, which caused concerns among the people, the Bishop of Baucau Mgr Basilio do Nacimento reportedly stated that the call to close down the groups would be a solution to the problems. However, he added it was important for the groups to continue to educate their followers about the objective of the groups.

Evacuation into the hills in anticipation of demonstration

In relation to rumours that the 591 F-FDTL petitioners would hold a demonstration in Dili, which could potentially cause disturbances, RTTL reported that some Dili residents have fled to the hills around the capital, such as in the area of Manleuana, South West of Dili. The population of Manleuana reportedly told RTTL that some of those people have returned to their homes after staying for days while some others, particularly women and children, continue to remain in the area.

Regional Media Reports

East Timor supports Indonesia's Security Council bid

Visiting East Timor Foreign Minister Joe Ramos Horta has said that his government supports Indonesia's bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2007-2008 period. "This year, Indonesia is also a candidate for non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council which will hold the election either in September or October, and East Timor will support Indonesia's wish," Horta was quoted by Antara news agency as saying after a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirayuda in Jakarta on April 18. Horta added that East Timor will also support Indonesia's bid for one of the 47 seats of the newly-established UN Human Rights Council during the May 9 voting in New York. (<>

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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