Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 14 July 2006
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Daily Media Review
Friday, 14 July 2006
National Media Reports
Some Old Cabinet Not Part of New Government
The second Constitutional Government does not include some members of the old cabinet, namely Ovidio de Jesus, Ministers of Transport and Armindo Maia, Minister of Education who resigned during the crisis and were not invited by Ramos-Horta to be part of the new government. All the Secretaries of State remain the same except for Egidio de Jesus, Secretary of State for Region III who is likely to be assigned as an ambassador, at the new Prime Minister request. The new ministers are for Foreign Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications and Education. José Luis Guterres, Timor-Leste Ambassador to the United Nations and Washington is the new Foreign Affairs Minister and was unable to participate in the swearing-in and would do so only a week time, Ramos-Horta told the media Thursday. He further told the media he would meet with the Council of Ministers following the ceremony. (see details below of the second constitutional government) (STL)
F-FDTL and PNTL Should Not Fall Into Manipulations: Ramos-Horta
Prime Minister Ramos-Horta has appealed to PNTL and F-FDTL not to fall into tentative manipulations to divide the people of Timor-Leste by villages, race, ethnicity or language, adding there is no such thing as east or west but one big family from Timor-Leste. Ramos-Horta stressed in order for the country to move forward with prosperity the people must work together in strengthening unity and should not keep hatred, as it would stop the nation from moving forward. He further added the two institutions must gain consciousness in order to forget their divisionism. “If you want to contribute for this nation with pride as Timorese then you must throw away hatred, revenge, and practice of divisionism. All your contributions would enable these two institutions to be successful,” Ramos-Horta said. The Minister said a study is currently in place to better develop PNTL in traffic and community policing, adding the international forces will also work with the Timorese police officers in security operations. He added now that the new Government is n place it would maintain an eye on the two institutions and under the guidance of the President of the Republic, the Government would work together with the two Deputy Prime Ministers on how to maintain a closer work with PNTL. The Minister also announced that F-FDTL veterans currently receiving US$100 a month would receive up to US$300 when they retire.
In a separate article it is reported PNTL in Bobonaro District continue to work to provide security to the population. (STL, TP)
F-FDTL And PNTL Should Be Under One Ministry : Saldana
In a letter addressed to the President of the Republic by Lino da Silva Saldanha representing the ‘Grupo Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste/Timor-Leste National Police Group and spokesperson for internal security reformation, asked that those police who have fled the Headquarters not to use big weapons and pistols for security purposes. Saldanha also asked “in future PNTL should not use big weapons and pistols to maintain law and order”. He is of the opinion PNTL leadership in future should be under the supervision of the veterans because they have shown through their sacrifices in the last 24 years, national interest priorities and national unity. Saldanha also said PNTL officers who have done wrong must be dismissed from the institution and be punished and for those who have left and were not at wrong according to justice should rejoin the police force. He further said the Unidade Reserva Police (URP and Unidade Policia Fronteira (UPF) should no longer exist, adding PNTL and F-FDTL should only be under one ministry. (STL)
International Media Reports
Minister Calls for Timor-Leste Peace
Dili, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina)
Timor-Leste Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta called on security forces of this Southeast Asian nation on Thursday to guarantee an atmosphere of peace. We must open a new era to rebuild this nation from its ashes, he told a group of 350 police. We are weak if we stay divided; we all must be aware of that. We must leave discrimination and regionalism aside, said Ramos-Horta, who assumed the post of prime minister on Monday. Timor-Leste, the former East Timor, is a small island State in with almost a million inhabitants, and fell into political crisis after 600 soldiers of its 1,400 troops mutinied, with 21 deaths resulting. (Prensa Latina)
Extraordinary Plenary Session Agenda n. 424/I/4a Thursday, 13 July 2006
Today’s Plenary session was chaired by the 2 Vice-Presidents Mr. Jacob Fernandes and Mr. Francisco Xavier do Amaral, the Secretary of the Bureau, Mr. Francisco Carlos Soares and the Vice-Secretaries, Ms. Maria Terezinha Viegas and Ms. Maria Avalziza Lourdes.
In the period of the Agenda the Mesa announced the hand over to the Committee for Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedom and Guarantees of the non-government bill n. 25/I/4a “Electoral Bill for the President of the Republic” and the non-government bill n. 26/I/4a “Electoral Bill for the National Parliament”.
The Plenary also discussed the Project of Resolution n. 78/I/4ª, related to the extension of the normal period of operation of the NP. According to art.41 of he NP’s Standing Orders the recess starts on July 15 and finishes on September 15. This Project of Resolution prorogates the normal period of operation to August 15. If necessary an additional extension will be proposed.
The Project of Resolution n. 78/I/4ª was approved with this final voting: 58 in favor, 2 against, 4 abstentions.
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]
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