|Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 12 May
Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources
Daily Media Review Friday, 12 May 2006
National Media Reports
Hasegawa: UN will not leave TL
Speaking at the media conference at Obrigado Barracks yesterday, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa said that UN will not leave Timor-Leste and that the mandate of UNOTIL, which is scheduled to close on 20 May, will be extended until 20 June. After that, the SRSG said an Integrated UN office primarily to offer electoral assistance which will include civil, police and military advisers has been proposed. He said that Timor-Leste still needs a UN presence here to assist with maintaining peace and stability so that the general elections in 2007 can take place in a suitable environment in which people can choose freely. (STL, TP)
Alkatiri: Situation is normal + 400 petitioners have contacted the government
After meeting with the President at Palacio das Cinzas, Prime Minister Alkatiri told the media that the situation is back to normal. “In our meeting we always exchange information about the current situation especially in Ermera, Aileu, Covalima and Bobonaro but now all is back to normal and many refugees are returning to Dili,” said Alkatiri.
In response to the Gleno incident, Alkatiri said that the F-FDTL petitioners were not involved though other demonstrators were. In other areas, the police are working together with the FRETILIN members to calm down the situation. On the same occasion, Alkatiri pointed out that 400 F-FDTL petitioners have contacted the Government through the Ministry of Labour and Solidarity to help bring them home so that they would be provided with Government assistance as they wait for the investigation process.
“Government is always trying to maintain contact with the petitioners to solve their problems because their objective is not to use violence to achieve their goals” Alkatiri, further added that “For those who feel this land belongs to them and love this land, there will be no war, but those who want to destroy this country have no love or responsibility for this country.” (STL, TP)
Horta happy to meet Major Alfredo
It is reported that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ramos Horta met with the commander of Military Police, Major Alfredo Alves Reinaldo in Aileu yesterday. Horta told a TP reporter that the objective of the meeting was to listen to the members of PNTL and FDTL who left Dili after the 28 April incident and who are now based in Aileu. He will give the result of the meeting to the Supreme Commander of F-FDTL and also to the President of RDTL Xanana Gusmao and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri.
Moreover, Horta said that “I am happy to meet with Commander Alfredo when I see that the situation is calm and peaceful, and happy because people are returning to Dili which is better in comparison to few days ago”. Alfredo and his fellow members have declared to Horta that there will be no war or violence because East Timorese have suffered enough for the last 24 years and now is time for peace. (TP)
Paulo Martins: “The attitudes of youth in Ermera are like terrorists”
Commander of PNTL Paul Martins said that the youth who carried out the demonstration in Gleno and killed UIR member Palmiro Laserda and destroyed cars were acting like terrorists. “The police have captured 92 suspects who were involved in the Gleno incident and 6 suspects who were directly involved in Dili riots and they are now in the Gleno prison” said Martins. In relation to the rumours that F-FDTL petitioners were behind the Gleno incident, Martins said that until today police have not identified any of the petitioners, but after a full investigation it will be known who was involved in the incident. “We know who killed the member of UIR and the Police are now searching for the suspect,” Matins told the DN reporter. (DN)
Regional Media Reports
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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