Subject: Daily Media Review - 10 March 2006

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Daily Media Review

Friday, 10 March 2006

National Media Reports

I've Decided Not To Nominate: Xanana

President Xanana Gusmao, speaking from Lisbon on Wednesday, has said that he will not nominate himself for a second term as President, because this will be better for the people. He stated that he would not be swayed from his decision, as he feels that it is not good for somebody to become indispensable. When asked who he imagines may be his successor, Xanana answered that the name on everybody's lips at the moment is that of Jose Ramos-Horta. Ramos-Horta himself however has defended Xanana's right to nominate himself for a second term. (STL)

Update on F-FDTL Case

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri has recommended that those F-FDTL members who have an incorrect understanding (of the F-FDTL situation) should retire. Speaking to journalists after launching the 2006 Human Development Report at the Hotel Timor on Thursday, Alkatiri explained that it is not that he does not want to resolve the F-FDTL matter, but that a commission has been set up for this purpose. Therefore, he said, it would be up to the Commission to work together with the concerned institution to find the best solution. He asserted that it would not be right for the Prime Minister or the President to be directly involved with resolving the matter, as this would be seen as too centralist.

Coordinator of the petitioners, Lieutenant Gastao Salsinha, has contested the rumour that if he and his colleagues are dismissed by the F-FDTL, they will apply for employment with the Timor-Leste National Police, in particular the Border Patrol Unit. "We are military personnel and we do not have any intention of leaving the military and applying to the BPU. It is not possible", Salsinha told STL yesterday. He stated that he and his colleagues have a high sense of nationalism, therefore they would never do such a thing. He reiterated that the reason for last month's protest and petition was to push for a resolution to some of the problems and injustices within the F-FDTL, and not because the petitioners want to apply to the PNTL. (STL)

Political Parties Must Present Programs Before 2007: Hasegawa (DN) p1

SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa said political parties must present their programs as the nation nears the 2007 elections. In a briefing note to the media, Hasegawa stressed that it is the voters' right to know the party programs and it is the responsibilities of the parties to present their political plans and strategies in the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections. He added that the political parties should provide the details as soon as possible of their economic, social and political policies as well as their intended programs in the areas of education and health.

Timor Post reported SRSG Hasegawa as saying that when the United Nations mission ends in Timor-Leste it might have an impact on the development here," Speaking to the media following the launch of UNDP Human Development Report for Timor-Leste 2006, Sukehiro Hasegawa underscored that it is imperative for the Government to bring together everybody's effort to look into the challenges the nation is facing, especially in the rural areas. He added that the Government must also work with the private sector to create jobs and pay greater attention to the areas of agriculture, health and education which are crucial areas. "The Government and the international community must focus further on agriculture and unemployment in the rural areas," said Hasegawa, pointing to the advantage that Timor-Leste has with its oil and gas of the Timor Sea which could help reduce poverty and provide a better budget.

Hasegawa Happy With Government Food Program

SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa commended the Government's decision to provide food to students. Speaking at the launch of the 2006 Human Development Report at the Hotel Timor on Thursday, Hasegawa stated that providing food to schools is a means of reducing poverty, as is the new Government policy of abolishing school fees. Hasegawa emphasized the importance of building on human resources, and recommended that the Government improve the educational system by introducing science and technology studies, as well as placing a greater emphasis on students' health. He added that the best means of reducing poverty in Timor-Leste is to focus on improving the infrastructure, agriculture and education, as well as the creation of income-generating activities. Hasegawa also reaffirmed the necessity of finding solutions to long-term demands, stating that one of these means is through education, thereby building on available human resources. (STL)

Independence of CNE And STAE Not An Independent Vision: Alkatiri

In relation to the demands by the opposition parties and civil society for CNE and STAE to be independent bodies to carry out their work better, Prime Minister Alkatiri responded by saying that "these demands are not the country's independent vision because the same people want outsiders to organize the general elections. "We are already a sovereign country but people from the outside are coming to organize the elections because we do not trust each other," Prime Minister Alkatiri said. Alkatiri said the function of STAE is different from CNE which is independent. He noted that those people making such demands are not accustomed to living as a sovereign country and that during the Portuguese and Indonesian period they did not want to think about a sovereign and independent state. Alkatiri said that is precisely why his party, Fretilin, fought to be independent, have dignity and think as a sovereign independent state. (TP)

Norms Required to Control Groups: Martins

PNTL Commander, Paulo Fatima Martins, said in order to avoid problems with the martial arts groups, norms must be established. As a mechanism, police have invited all martial arts groups to sit together and dialogue. The police are already conducting patrol rounds and detaining those who create problems. Martins said it is the Government that must create these norms for the people to follow. Asked for information on the fight between two martial groups recently in Baucau in which two people were injured, PNTL commander said he had not received any information yet on those injuries. In a separate article Timor Post reported that 6 people have been detained in relation to the Baucau fight.

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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