Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 11 October 2006

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UNMIT

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review

Wednesday, 11 October 2006

These Items Do Not Reflect the Position or Views of the United Nations. UNMIT Public Information Office

National Media Reports

Screening of Documentary Incites Ethnic Crisis: Isac

MP Leandro Isac (Independent) said Fretilin’s political campaign through the screening of a documentary film entitled “the downfall of a Prime Minister” on the crisis, could inflame the military political crisis the nation is currently facing. Isac feels that showing the film does not contribute to peace and it shows that Fretilin wants to incite the people and deepen the ethnic crisis. He said as a historic party, Fretilin must treat the people equally or face the consequences of falling. (STL)

Arrival of more Police

According to the Vice-Minister of Interior, José Agostinho Sequeira ‘Somaxo’, about 140 more UN police arrived in Dili on Monday from Philippines, Bangladesh and El Salvador. Sequeira said more police from Portugal, New Zealand and Pakistan will arrive next week and once they are all on the ground they will maintain security around Dili and some in permanent posts, adding that two more posts have been identified, one being in Hera. He said some countries have provided between 10-20 police officers. (DN)

Indonesia Company to Implement Project

A national broadcast project will be implemented by an Indonesian company, due to its experience and interest in finalizing the project by April 2007, reported Diario Nacional today. Minister of Finance and Planning, Madalena Boavida and Wahyunddin Bagenda, Director of PT. Len Industry (Persero) signed the agreement Tuesday in Dili. Portugal donated 1,2 million euros to secure six stations in the districts of Lospalos, Baucau, Dili, Maliana, Suai and Oecussi. The government has also allocated a budget from the fiscal year 2006/2007 for the districts of Aileu, Manufahi, Ainaro, Liquiça, Ermera Manatuto and Viqueque. According to Antonino Bianco, Minister for the President of the Council of Minister, the main aim of the project is to disseminate electoral campaign information and information to the people throughout the country. Bianco said it is also an investment to secure the development of Timor-Leste. (DN)

Worker Stabbed

Anastasio Fernandes da Costa, a STAE employee, was stabbed for allegedly being the brother of a person accused of killing a youth in Colmera on Monday. According to a STAE staff member, who did not want his name revealed, a group of unknown people went to the office in search of Anastasio who was absent from work. Despite pleas from his colleagues not to return to work due to accusations that his younger brother was allegedly involved in the killing of Santino, he turned up to work on Tuesday. Around 3:00 pm on the same day, a group of people assaulted him at his office and stabbed him, leaving the vicinity only when the victim was unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and under went emergency operation. In the meantime, the body of Santino has been taken back to his village for burial. (DN)

RTTL News Monitoring Reporting

11 ­ 10 ­ 2006

Bairo Pite Clinic:

The Health Director of Bairo Pite Clinic, Dr. Daniel told RTTL that his clinic receives many patients, in relation to the current situation. Dr. Daniel stated that every day there are an increased in persons wounded by rama ambon (the arrow-slingshot). Dr. Daniel stated that the youth of Timor-Leste must change their mentality. He said that youth must reflect and think about the future of this country and their own futures.

International Media Reports

Rudd calls for Timor troops to stay

October 11, 2006

LABOR foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd said today he was deeply concerned about ongoing political instability in East Timor.

He said the Australian Government should maintain a significant troop presence in the country for the foreseeable future because there could be more trouble in the country ahead of elections next year. "I believe we are going to move into a very difficult period soon in East Timor," Mr Rudd said today. He said trouble in the country earlier this year was exacerbated by Australia's early withdrawal of troops. "I am very concerned that the Australian Government so far has given all sorts of equivocating statements about how long Australian troops are going to remain there at this time." "We must not allow a security policy vacuum to re-emerge," Mr Rudd said. (The Australian)

Report on E. Timor violence may be explosive: group

Tuesday October 10, 11:16 PM

(Kyodo) _ A Brussels-based conflict-prevention organization warned Tuesday that the upcoming release of a U.N. report on violent clashes in East Timor earlier this year may spark fresh unrest. "The report is both critical to moving forward and potentially explosive no matter what its contents," the International Crisis Group said in a report. Protests following the sacking of 600 deserters from the country's 1,400-strong military in March led to widespread violence in May. The violence left at least 30 people dead and 150,000 displaced. The violence led to the deployment of foreign forces including from Australia and Portugal. However, even after the arrival of international troops, clashes still frequently occur. According to the ICG report, the inquiry of the U.N.-appointed Independent Special Commission of Inquiry covers all the most sensitive issues, including the killing of unarmed police by soldiers. The report is expected to name those behind the incident. "It could spark demands for instant justice, which Dili courts are ill-equipped to provide," the report said. "The U.N., the government, security forces and community leaders all need to have responses ready, including proposals for prosecutions that will ensure fair and reasonably speedy trials," it added. To resolve the crisis, the ICG recommended that the country's key political players, including President Xanana Gusmao and former Prime Minister Alkatiri, whom Gusmao blamed for the turmoil, must sit down and agree on solutions. "Reconciliation will be next to impossible unless it takes place at the top as well," it said. "This crisis escalated in part because there were no checks on individuals with personal interests and private power bases," said Robert Templer, the ICG's Asia program director. "The way out is through institution-building, precisely so that the actions of individuals will not carry so much weight," he said. (Kyodo News)

East Timor, France to attend 12th ASEAN Summit Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 05:43 PM BST asean

France and East Timor have confirmed to send their senior ministers for the forthcoming 12th Summit of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) in Cebu City on Dec. 11-13, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday. The attendance of East Timor and France will bring to plus-8 the ASEAN partners that will participate during the three-day summit to be held at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC). Earlier six non-ASEAN members, namely, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand have confirmed their participation during the Cebu summit. Although East Timor is in the Southeast Asia rim, it is not yet a member of ASEAN. The DFA said France and East Timor will send their senior ministers for the conference. The Philippines is the chairman of the 12 ASEAN summit. This will be the second time the Philippines will host the ASEAN summit. The first was the third ASEAN Summit in 1987. Up for discussions during the Cebu confab will be the blue print of the ASEAN Charter, HIV-AID Declaration, Declaration of Rights of Migrant Workers, Declaration and Commitments for the Protection of Children, and counter measures against terrorism. The ASEAN Charter is being drafted by Eminent Persons Group (EPG) composed of former ASEAN heads of state or senior leaders. Former President Fidel V. Ramos is the Philippines' representative to the EPG chaired by former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musahitam. Another prominent EPG member is former Indonesian foreign minister Ali Alatas. The EPG had already met six times but will meet again one more before the 12th ASEAN Summit will be held. It is during the Cebu summit that the EPG will submit the draft of the ASEAN Charter. (PNA ­ www.news.balita.ph)

29 Pakistani cops to join UN mission

Web posted at: 10/11/2006 4:58:27 Source: Internews

RAWALPINDI • A batch of 29 Pakistani police officers including a woman deputy superintendent of police selected for deployment in the UN peacekeeping mission will leave for Timor-Leste on October 18, official sources have said. A UN selection team had tested 1,200 candidates in November 2005 for their selection. Out of the candidates, 180 were declared successful. Later, the UN department of peacekeeping operation conducted telephonic interviews of 45 candidates and finally selected 29 of them. English communication skill, both oral and written, was essential for the candidates. The 29 selected candidates of various ranks include one senior superintendent of police, one superintendent of police, three deputy superintendents of police, 13 inspectors, 10 sub-inspectors and one assistant sub-inspector. Two of the selected police officers are from the North West Frontier Province, two from the Punjab police while the lady police officer belongs to Sindh. (The Peninsula ­ Qatar’s Leading English Daily)

Press Releases

REPUBLICA DEMOCRATICA DE TIMOR LESTE PARLAMENTO NACIONAL

Gabinete de Relações Publicas Plenary Session Agenda n. 451/I/5a

Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Today’s Plenary Session was chaired by the President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres “Lu-Olo” together with the Vice-President, Mr. Jacob Fernandes and the Secretary of the Mesa, Mr. Francisco Carlos Soares.

In the Period before the Agenda the following information was given to the MPs: * Information on the mandate of the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry: the President of the NP explained to the MPs that he does not know yet when the Commission’s report will be handed over to the NP. He clarified that the report will be translated into Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese and Tetum; * Report on the attack by the Railos Group and PNTL officers in Liquica; * Appeal to the nation of H.E. The President of the Republic, Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão; * Report from the IDPs camps: the MPs showed their concern on the situation of the IDPs, situation that will soon get worse due to the beginning of the rainy season. The Government should clarify its plan to resolve the difficult security and humanitarian situation the IDPs are facing; * Presentation of the report of visit to Oecussi of the Committee of Economy and Finance; * Presentation of the monthly report of the Committee of Economy and Finance. In the Period of the Agenda the plenary continued the discussion in the specialty of the Project of Resolution n. 23/I/4a about “National Symbols”. (RDTL - PARLAMENTO NACIONAL)

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REPUBLICA DEMOCRATICA DE TIMOR LESTE PARLAMENTO NACIONAL Gabinete de Relações Publicas Plenary Session Agenda n. 450/I/5a Monday, 09 October 2006

Today’s Plenary session was chaired by the Vice-President of the National Parliament, Mr. Jacob Fernandes, the Secretary of the Mesa, Mr. Francisco Carlos Soares and the Vice-Secretaries, Ms. Maria Terezinha Viegas and Ms. Maria Avalziza Lourdes. In the Period before the Agenda, the Party Bench Leader of Fretilin, Mr. Elizario Ferreira, read a declaration about the crisis situation in Timor-Leste. He underlined the difficulties faced by the members of his party, who are being intimidated and threatened since last April. Despite this, the Fretilin party has shown its maturity, by avoiding direct confrontation and respecting the rule of law, the multiparty system, based on the will of people, and the dignity of everybody. Mr. Ferreira highlighted that Fretilin wants to reestablish peace and stability to ensure that the justice system will be able to work impartially in Timor-Leste. In the Period of the Agenda the plenary continued the discussion in the specialty of the Project of Resolution n. 23/I/4a about “National Symbols”. (RDTL - PARLAMENTO NACIONAL)

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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