Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 23 Sept - 25 Sept 2006

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Daily Media Review

Saturday 23 Sept, Monday 25 Sept 2006

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

National Media Reports

Veterans Willing To Support Return Of IDPs (STL)

Veterans from 13 districts are voluntarily meeting to coordinate and assist the return of IDPs to their homes, said MP Riak Leman. According to Leman, NGOs and the government have created programs to help the crisis but in reality violence continues and it is not getting any better as people are still living in fear. He said many rumours including a ‘clean up and rebuild of capital Dili’ [violence] caused panic among the population when FJNP planned to stage a peaceful protest for further government changes. In light of the fear instilled in the people, the MP contacted Major Tara and asked him to cancel the protest as the people are living in a traumatized and divided situation Leman said his main concern is that President Xanana Gusmão and Prime Minister Ramos-Horta might give up their duties and no longer concern themselves with the well-being of the people as their appeals are ignored and Timor-Leste’s struggle for independence would be in vain. The MP has presented the proposals of the veterans to Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak and President Xanana Gusmao who have all welcomed the plan to help overcome the crisis. (STL)

PM Wants To Meet Alfredo

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta has expressed willingness to meet Alfredo Reinado and listen to his group demands, adding his door is open to all and he’s ready to talk to Alfredo. Ramos-Horta stressed that the duty of the Prime-Minister is to speak to everybody but at times it is not possible due to work overload. On the issue of justice, he would like the people to understand that the government cannot comment or interfere in the justice process. Both are separate issues. The Prime Minister said the arrest of Major Alfredo by the Australian troops, and not Portuguese police, came as a surprise to him and that he would guarantee security during his meeting with Alfredo. Ramos-Horta plans to meet the petitioners next week in Gleno to oversee their humanitarian assistance.

On the demands by Frente Nasional Justisa no Paz (FNJP), according to Vital dos Santos, the Prime Minister has received the documents and totally agrees with the demand for the establishment of a special panel to assess those responsible for the crimes that led to the crisis. The demands for government restructuring, he said, would not be possible as he is not affiliated with any party, and was elected by Fretilin’s political commission, President Gusmão, and the two bishops. (STL, TP)

Result Of Investigation Would Make Certain People Cry: SRSG Hasegawa

Speaking at his last press conference in Dili, SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa said the result of the special Independent Commission of Inquiry which would be released soon, would not be welcomed by some people and for some it would bring tears. But Hasegawa said the leaders must be responsible because the result of the investigation of the incidents in April and May is based on facts and truth. He added that the result of the conflict that started in April until June was the culmination of many factors and he appealled to the leaders to be patient and wait a little longer for the results of the investigation, as it is very complex. SRSG stressed that despite the complexity of the whole situation there is an opportunity for Timor-Leste not to fall again into the trap of conflict. He is also of the opinion that the Timorese leaders must listen to the population and hold regular dialogue with them, noting that the open governance forum led by the former Prime Minister was a success.

In Saturday’s edition, STL reported SRSG Hasegawa encouraged the national media to continue working closely with the new UN mission, UNMIT, in supporting the dissemination of information to all the districts. According to his point of view, communities in Timor-Leste require information on the developments and problems the country is facing, adding that during his time in Timor-Leste he noticed the lack of information disseminated in the districts. SRSG Hasegawa said although he was leaving the country, he would continue to follow Timor-Leste media through the Internet and he stressed that the role of media is crucial for democracy in a new country.

During the press conference SRSG told the media the UN Secretary General is carefully selecting the new SRSG because his representative must be someone with capacity and of top calibre, adding that Kofi Annan had not yet nominated a new SRSG. Before departing Timor-Leste he officially visited the population in the districts of Baucau, Lospalos, Viqueque, Suai, Maliana and Ainaro and they all expressed the need to get information such as the newspapers as the information they receive from third parties is not reliable.

In a separate article in TP, MP Francisco Branco (Fretilin) said the decision of the UN Secretary General to replace Hasegawa was good because during the crisis Hasegawa did not maximize his contribution to resolve the recent conflict. He hopes the new SRSG will do his work better in order for the people of Timor-Lest to benefit from it and help resolve the crisis the Timorese are facing. (STL, TP, DN)

ASDT Congress

Associação Social Democrata Timorense (ASDT) concluded its three-day congress on Sunday resulting in Francisco Xavier do Amaral and Gil da Costa Alves being re-elected as President and Secretary-General of the party. According to a communiqué to the media, four candidates participated in the election with a low number of votes. According to Gil Alves the priority of the party now is to concentrate and focus on the program as already agreed upon by the party for the 2007 elections. (STL, TP, DN)

Lobato’s Case Processed in Court

President of the Court of Appeal Claudio Ximenes said the Court of Appeal had received the process of Rogerio Lobato alleging the distribution of guns to civilians groups. Ximnes said the court has been waiting for the case adding such a case would determine the judicial system currently in process. He said the judges would be independent and impartial to carry out the process and would make a decision without any influence or based on the person’s profession, group or institutional affiliations, but rather the court’s decision would be based on law and facts.

Aderito de Jesus, Human Rights advocate said the process of Rogério Lobato’s case by the court is providing hope for the public, but it must be a just and quick process.

In a separate article in Timor Post Saturday, the President of the Court of Appeal, Claudio Ximenes said more international judges and public prosecutors are required to respond to the increase in cases during the crisis. Ximenes said the internationals likely to come from CPLP countries, Portugal and Brazil, would work together with their Timorese counterparts. A total of 8 judges, 8 public prosecutor and 8 defenders would be recruited by UNDP to continue to assist in the judicial system. (STL, TP)

Court Rules In Favour Of Alkatiri

A Washington District Court has ruled in favour of former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri for allegations of embezzlement. Oceanic Exploration Company accused the former Prime Minister of receiving US$2.5 million of bribery from Conoco Phillips for the exploration of Timor Sea. The decision was made by the Washington Court on Friday afternoon, Fretilin deputy-secretary general, Manuel Fernandes told the media Sunday, adding that Alkatiri won the case due to unsubstantiated evidence. (STL, TP, DN)

RTTL Headlines, 25 September 2006

There were 24 representatives from district and 64 from sub-district levels took part in meeting hosted by the President of RDTL, Xanana Gusmao.

The president of the RDTL, Xanana Gusmao reportedly called for a meeting which was attended by 88 coordinators of ex-combatant and traditional chiefs from both district and sub-district levels to discuss the solution to the East Timor ongoing crisis. One of the objectives and results of the discussion is ‘how these people can agree to pack up the sacral healing and protective powers (neck amulet with healing and protective powers; charm able to make the wearer invisible and hence invulnerable in war) that was used during the resistance period. As there is no longer resistance fighting in East Timor, this protective power, known in Tetum as ‘birun’, used to heal and protect the East Timorese guerilla-fighters from their enemies in the resistance era can be put back to its place. In short, as there is no more war in East Timor, this protective power should be no longer used.

ASDT Party hosted its 1st National Congress in Dili

After celebrating the congress in the district level in the 13 district of East Timor, on Friday, 22 September 2006 ASDT Party reportedly hosted its 1st National Congress in Dili. The congress took place over three days. Speaking to the journalists after the 1st day congress, the Secretary-General, Gil Alves reportedly told the media that, whether or not his party will win in the 2007 General Election totally depends on the quantity of its militants. However, as a democratic party in a democratic country, the party will accept whatever the results are in the coming election. In a separate interview, the President of the party reportedly affirmed that if their party wins the coming election, they will change the system that is currently being used from centralization to decentralization governance. He stressed that the approach that will be used by the ASDT Party in a development of East Timor will be a bottom-up one.

The congress was opened by the Prime Minister, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta. Then, after the opening, Dr. Horta reportedly told the media that with the current leaderships of the ASDT Party, they are ready to govern this country if the party gains its victory in the coming election.

Only through Dialogue, we can resolve our current crisis: some reprehensive of youths from 13 districts

It was reported that the East Timor Youth Association from 13 Districts of East Timor held a five day meeting in Oe-cusse to discuss the alternative solution to the current crisis. The prime objective of the meeting was to come up with an overview and consolidation of the youth’ s role in finding a solution to the Timor-Leste crisis. Speaking to the journalist after the first day’s meeting, three representatives respectively from Baucau, Ermera, and Bobonaro reportedly told the media that ‘Dialogue is the best way to resolve our problem’. The meeting also aimed to find out the ideas and opinion from the participants in relation to use of youths as the political strategies or frames by some political leaders.

International Media Reports

Hasegawa calls for Japanese participation in E.Timor

posted: September 24, 2006 11:19

Tokyo, Sept. 24, (BNA)

The outgoing United Nations special envoy for East Timor, Sukehiro Hasegawa expressed his hope in Japan's participation in peace keeping duties in the country. In a statement to Japanese Radio and Television Corporation, Hasegawa said that the current political situation in East Timor resembles the silence prior to a storm and that a break out of political tension was possible prior to the upcoming elections. He also stressed that stability and security in the country made possible the return of over 150,000 refugees. (Bahrain News Agency)

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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