Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 18 September 2006

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Daily Media Review Monday, 18 September 2006

National Media Reports

Soares: Political Parties Should Make Joint Statement Before 2007 General Election

Timor Post (16/09) reports that Human Rights Lawyer, Aderito de Jesus Soares, said that all Timorese political parties should make a joint statement (promise) before competing in the up-coming general elections in 2007. He argued that this would avoid creating conflict among them or conflict that has links with the political crisis that is currently taking place in Timor-Leste. He added that the political parties would show the population their willingness and seriousness to be a part of the up-coming process (general election). (STL)

Dos Santos: 20 Sept Demonstration Cause Horta bows down to Alkatiriís Politics

Vital dos Santos, the Secretary-General of National Front for Justice and Peace (FNJP) said that the demonstration planned on 20th September is to create justice, peace and strengthen stability and not to incite instability. He also argued that FNJP organizes the planned demonstration because Prime Minister, Josť R. Horta compromises too much with the politics of Maputu or the Mozambican group, which then leads him to play along with the politics of the former Prime Minister, Alkatiri. It was also reported that PM Hortaís compromise on the politics of his predecessor is considered to be the main cause of the current endless crisis. (TP)

CTF Mandate Extended but Still Cannot Meet Ex-Indonesian General, Wiranto

Jasinto Alves, a commissioner for Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF), stated that the mandate of CTF had been extended for another year to review the final reports of the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation or CAVR, Serious Crimes Unit, KKP HAM, and Ad Hock Tribunal on the involvement of Indonesian Army in 1999 (Human Rights Violations). He added that CTF could not meet the former Indonesian General, Wiranto, because CTF needs time to prepare for the meeting. Timor Post also quoted Alves, who stated that it is a daunting task to review the reports of those four institutions. The report also mentioned that CTF have only managed to meet and interview the former Indonesian Foreign Minister, Ali Alatas, Director of Peace and Stability Commission, and the public prosecutor, who submitted their allegations to the Ad Hoc Tribunal. (TP)

RTTL news headlines


Youth Association, in conjunction with the government, Council of Student Solidarity, and NGO will host a 5 day National Dialogue Meeting in Oe-cusse.

Speaking at the National University of East Timor on Friday, the Coordinator of the National Dialogue, Aurelio Ribeiro reportedly told the media that the purpose of the meeting is to share information with each other, to identify problems, and to propose solutions which will later will be used for Civic Education.

He also reportedly explained that during the crisis the youths have shown their responsibility to secure themselves and their properties from those who did not have responsibilities. The youths have played an important role to reduce the tension during the crisis.

There will be 180 students to attend the meeting and it is planned to be opened by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ramos Horta.

Institute of Lao Hamutuk in conjunction with the National University of East Timor (UNTL), and the Ministry of Planning and Finance (MoPF) held a meeting to discuss the Transparency and Accountability of the Budget Allocation

The organizing committee, Julio Ximenes reportedly told the media that the meeting aimed to share information on the advantages and disadvantages of the budget allocation according to the General Budget that was approved last month. The result will be used to enforce the transparency and accountability of the government in executing the allocated-budget.

International 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]

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

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