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United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste
Public Information Unit
Daily Media Review
Saturday 02, Monday 04 December 2006
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PNTL-UNPOL Joint Ceremony
The joint ceremony of PNTL-UNPOL was reported by the media on Saturday and Monday. On Saturday, Timor Post reported that following his participation in the ceremony, F-FDTL Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak said the national defence force and the police would work together to take the IDPs back to their home and that both institutions already have coordination plans. President Xanana Gusmao said PNTL must guarantee institutional unity and avoid the formation of small groups within the institution such as PNTL Nationalists and PNTL Autonomists or PNTL PSHT. Gusmao reiterated that there should only be one PNTL, to serve the population.
Following the signing of the agreement between the UN and the Government of Timor-Leste, Prime Minister Ramos-Horta told the media that he had asked the United Nations to thoroughly investigate members of PNTL who were involved in the crisis. And those not involved in crisis should be acknowledged and encouraged to resume their duties, noting that one must not forget the positive work of the national police during the crisis in the districts and those still working in Kosovo. In a separate article on STL Saturday, Ramos-Horta said that on behalf of the government, he appeals to the security forces and everybody, especially PNTL to be humble, to put aside the wrong doings and learn and reflect on the mistakes of the past now that the international community and the UN Security Council have given the Timorese people another opportunity to assist them. He said the signing of the accord between the UN and the Government of Timor-Leste took many weeks of negotiations, adding that it is a regulation of the role of the UN police in Timor-Leste and it is important to inform the people of the working plans of PNTL-UNPOL. He said a total of 200 PNTL officers are now fully active following the screening test.
On Monday's edition, Prime Minister reportedly said that as Prime Minister he doesn't want to re-establish PNTL in a hurry to achieve the targeted number as in the past and then have to face various problems. He said he had requested the UN to process PNTL slowly and effectively so it can become a strong institution. The Prime Minister further said that now that the numbers of UNPOL are increasing, soon they would be deployed in the districts and work together with PNTL to further strengthen their work. Also in Monday's edition, Diario Nacional reported President Gusmao as saying that he is happy that PNTL has recognized its mistakes and is willing to work with F-FDTL and face new challenges.
PNTL and F-FDTL held a friendly game of football and volleyball Saturday in Tasi-Tolu which was welcome by members and relatives of both institutions. The game is part of the many activities involving the two national security institutions and as Deputy Minister of Interior, Xamocho has said, the friendly game is an approximation for the institutions to work together. (TP, STL, DN)
F-FDTL To Hold Dialogue With Deserters
Despite the contact between Brigadier Taur and Alfredo Reinado, it does not mean Alfredo will return without facing the justice process, Prime Minister Ramos-Horta said noting that Alfredo would have to face the accusations against him in relation to his actions in FatuahÃ. He said Alfredo's case is the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. Horta said he would rather resolve Alfredo's case through pacifist means even if it takes a few months, but would not interfere with the Prosecutor's Office and asking UNPOL for his arrest. The Prime Minister stressed that rather than taking military measures, F-FDTL has shown maturity in establishing a mechanism to dialogue with Majors Alfredo, Tara, Marcus Tilman for their return. On the issue of weapons in Alfredo's hands, Ramos-Horta said he is not worried about it. He said that the international forces did not capture Alfredo during a seminar in Suai to avoid people from becoming victims of one person's detention. Ramos-Horta also said he is certain the bazooka in Alfredo's possession is not from Australia and would further investigate where it came from. President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres, Lu-Olo said it is with great urgency to investigate Alfredo's access to the type of weapons in his possession. (TP, STL)
Processing OF Trial Not Manipulation: Claudio
Claudio Ximenes, President of the Court of Appeal said the first trial of former Minister of Interior, Rogerio Lobato on allegations of guns distribution, was adjourned due to the absentee of Railos and Labadai, adding it was not a manipulation by the judges. Ximenes said the two eyewitnesses had already received a notification about the trial and rather than appear at the court they went to the Prosecutor General's Office. Therefore, he said the fault is of Railos and Labadai. In the meantime, MP Manuel Tilman (KOTA) said the mistake is due to the Public Ministry's failing to inform the court about the presence of the two eyewitnesses in the Prosecutor's Office. He said there has been poor coordination between the court the Public Ministry. (TP, STL)
Church Disapproves The Use of Condom
The Bishop of Dili Diocese, Dom Alberto Ricardo said the use of condoms is not one hundred per cent safe, therefore the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste disapproves of the campaign about the use of condom to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Church is of the opinion that proper education is the best solution. Bishop Ricardo said that the Church has put a few suggestions and proposed actions forth for the government and NGOs working in the area of HIV/AIDS to start a national plan on the promotion of integral health based on the principles of responsibility, solidarity, justice and equality. Acting SRSG Finn Reske-Nielsen told participants commemorating the International HIV/AIDS World Day on Friday (1/12) that Timor-Leste has the opportunity to avoid the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country with an immediate action plan. (TP, STL)
Opposition "Walks Out" On Electoral Bill
Opposition parties MPs have walked out during the debate at the National Parliament on electoral bill, protesting that article 27 and 28 which received many opinions from the civil society through public hearings were not included in the debate. The proposed bill 27 was put together by the President of the Republic following various consultations and seminars. According to STL the bill has not been taking into consideration by the majority party in the Parliament. (STL)
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