Subject: LUSA: Crisis cabinet tasks responsibilities on emergency measures

06-06-2006 12:16:00. Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-8056175 Temas:

East Timor: Crisis cabinet tasks responsibilities on emergency measures

Dili, June 6 (Lusa) - Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri met with his crisis cabinet Tuesday to organize implementation of a series of 30- day emergency measures declared by President Xanana Gusmão last week to bring order to the East Timorese capital, dissipate tensions in the divided security forces and deal with humanitarian problems.

Among officials who attended the meeting were Foreign Minister José Ramos Horta, who was also named as defense minister Saturday, and the new interior minister, Alcino Baris.

The emergency measures were announced by the president May 30, when he assumed "principal responsibility" for all security forces, and were approved Saturday by the Superior Council for Defense and Security, following the government reshuffle demanded by Gusmão.

The crisis cabinet approved an action plan, which was seen by Lusa, entrusting Alkatiri with the responsibility of "timely and effective articulation" with the president and of maintaining "permanent relations" with international peacekeeping forces and the UN special envoy Ian Martin.

Among 13 tasks handed Defense Minister Ramos Horta was the responsibility to "overcome divisions" in the armed forces, disarm rogue factions and, within 48 hours, carry out an arms inventory of the army and weapons left from the guerrilla struggle against Indonesia.

Internal Administration Minister Baris was mandated to reorganize the shattered police corps, inventory all the forces' facilities within seven days, and assure border controls.

The task of dealing with the plight of tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes in Dili also went to Baris.




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