Subject: UNOTIL's Daily Media Review 26 January 2006

Daily Media Review

Thursday, 26 January 2006

National Media Reports

Government Already Identified Damages

The Government has instructed the department in charge of natural disasters to prepare and respond urgently to the needs of the people who suffered severe damages to their homes and crops as a result of strong winds from a recent storm. The Minister of Solidarity, Work and Community Reinsertion, Arsenio Bano, said 240 houses were damaged during the storm in Ainaro District and the Government is waiting for more information from other areas. Bano said although there is information on damages to schools, his priority will be to assist the people whose houses were affected. (TP, STL)

Judicial System Weak in Processing Corruption Cases

Director of NGO Lalenok ba Ema Hotu (LABEH), Christopher Henry Samson, said to date, cases of corruption have not been processed in the courts because the judicial system is weak in such cases. Samson pointed out that if the court cannot function properly neither can the Provedor's Office. Although there is commitment and goodwill to fight corruption, the National Parliament must also establish legislation on both corruption and anti-corruption. He said his organization has been receiving threats for talking about corruption and he believes the same will happen to the Provedor's Office when an investigation begins on corruption. Samson added that his organisation only expresses what is based on facts but he doesn't know to whom the information should be given.

First Lisbon-trained military intelligence officers get diplomas

The first 19 members of East Timor's military intelligence service received diplomas Wednesday in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Roque Rodrigues and Portuguese Ambassador João Ramos Pinto.

Trained in military and counter-intelligence by Portuguese instructors, the 19 officers and soldiers constitute the first personnel of Dili's fledgling Military Intelligence System (SIM).

At the ceremony, Portugal offered 20,000 USD worth of geographic data and IT systems to allow SIM to elaborate maps for military use.

The Lisbon financed and administered training course, which included Portuguese language and IT instruction, was launched in June 2004 (Lusa)

TVTL news Monitoring

25-01-2006

Joint Investigation Team begins its work

The Indonesian-Timor-Leste joint team designated to investigate the killing of three former militiamen on 6th January in Malibaka, began its work on Tuesday. The two teams reportedly met to decide on the logistics of the investigation. No deadline, however, was set for the process.

Lu Olo: FRETILIN doesn't need to force anyone

Reacting to PST's claim that militants of FRETILIN had forced some PST followers in Manatuto District to join FRETILIN, the party's President Francisco Guterres "Lu Olo" reportedly stated that his party does not need to force anyone to join. "Everyone has the freedom to affiliate or not to affiliate with a party," he added. Lu Olo also declared that he had not received any information about the case.

Emergency Budget

The Government of Timor-Leste put forward a proposal for an extra budget amount of over10 million USD to deal with emergency situations. The Minister for Planning and Finance, Madalena Boavida, told journalists that the Health Department would get the biggest share of the budget. The proposal reportedly increased the Government budget from over 130 million USD to over 140 million USD.

These items do not reflect the positions or views of the United Nations.

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE IN TIMOR-LESTE (UNOTIL)

Public Information Office (PIO)

National News Sources

Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional


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