Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 07 November 2006

[Poster's note: International and other articles already sent out to the east-timor list (info@etan.org) have been removed from below.]

UNMIT

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review

Tuesday, 07 November 2006

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National Media Reports

Cooperation Between Martial Arts Groups Would Stabilize Situation

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta is optimistic that soon the situation in Dili will be stabilized since the martial arts group leaders have agreed to cooperate to resolve the problems. Ramos-Horta said President Xanana Gusmao met with many youths as a step towards helping the government develop plans to resolve the problem of the IDPs since the rainy season has begun. He said that starting this week he would visit the camps to explain the program already established by the government and the priorities set out for the IDP camps opposite the seaport, the airport, the national hospital and Obrigado Barracks. (STL, TP)

Taur Ready To Help Resolve The Problem

Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta who is also the Minister for Defence and Security said members of the national defence force would become active this week, carrying out their duties and address how to help resolve the IDP problems. He further said that F-FDTL Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak expressed willingness to help the government and the State resolve the issue but further discussion is required on what role the national armed forces will play. Before resuming their work next week, Ramos-Horta said, a dialogue would be held between F-FDTL, PNTL and youth groups still requiring strong support from the President and the government. In the meantime, the President of PSD, Mario Carrascalao said that it might be too early for F-FDTL to resume their work as the situation in Dili is still unstable and there could be provocations to further damage the name of the institution. Carrascalao cited as an example the 28 April when the army was called to help restore law and order and lost their credibility after allegations spread that F-FDTL carried out a massacre of about 60 people. The COI report determined that F-FDTL did not carry out a massacre in April. (STL, TP)

"Lu-Olo" Asks for Urgent Set Up Of Police Posts

President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres "Lu-Olo" hopes that the government can speed up better conditions and improved security in the communities to allow the IDPs to return to their homes. Lu-Olu said the displaced people must be moved from the camps, as the rains will begin soon, adding that he is aware that the government already has programs in place but it also needs to speed up the establishment of permanent police posts. The President of the Parliament said the Parliament has agreed to call on either the Minister of Defence or Interior to clarify the security situation of the nation. (STL)

Establish Better Conditions For IDPs: Alkatiri

Former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri asked the government to create favourable conditions for the people still living in refugee camps. He said the conditions must be better to prevent the children from becoming sick and for people to feel at peace. (STL, TP)

International Media Reports

Alkatiri appears before E Timor inquiry 07nov06 FORMER East Timor prime minister Mari Alkatiri today appeared before prosecutors under tight security to answer questions over allegations he was involved in arming civilians during May unrest. Mr Alkatiri, who spent two hours being questioned at the prosecutors' office in the capital Dili, declined to give details about the questions he faced. "I have never run away from questions and if needed, I will come again," Mr Alkatiri told journalists as he was leaving. "This is an example for all, so that they do not fear justice," he said. Mr Alkatiri, who arrived in a government car escorted by East Timorese security officers and Australian soldiers, was answering a second summons from the prosecutors' office since he first appeared in July. International Prosecutor Felismeno Cardoso, who conducted the questioning, refused to comment on the discussions but that Mr Alkatiri was "cooperative". Mr Alkatiri, who resigned as prime minister in June, is being investigated over allegations that he armed civilians to silence his political opponents. He has vehemently denied the claims. The UN inquiry into violence in East Timor issued a report last month that said Alkatiri failed to prevent weapons falling into the hands of civilians and should be criminally investigated. Mr Alkatiri was quoted by the Suara Timor Lorosae newspaper Monday as saying that the accusation - that he was involved in the distribution of guns by his political party, Fretilin, to its members - had been proven false by the UN Commission of Inquiry. The tiny nation of one million was rocked by unrest in April and May that followed the dismissal of soldiers who had deserted, complaining of discrimination from superiors based on whether they came from the east or west of the country. Some 37 people were left dead in pitched battles between security forces during bloody street violence. More than 150,000 people fled their homes and 3,000 Australian-led peacekeepers were deployed to restore calm. (The Australian)

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