Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 5 April 2007

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

Tuesday, 5 April 2007 

UNMIT ­ MEDIA MONITORING

THE UN INTEGRATED MISSION IN TIMOR-LESTE DOES NOT VOUCH FOR THE ACCURACY OF THESE REPORTS

National Media Reports

The End of the Presidential Campaign in Dili: 39 Injured and 2 Motorcycles Burnt

At the end of presidential campaign of presidential candidates Lu-Olo, Horta, Lasama, Francisco Xavier and Joćo Carrascalćo on Wednesday 04/04 in Dili, 39 supporters were injured, 2 motorcycles were burnt and 4 cars were damaged.

From these 39 injured, 2 of them were heavily injured and in need of intensive treatment and 37 have returned home.

The majority of injured supporters were injured from Fretilin presidential candidate Lu-Olo, Joćo Soares and Domingos da Silva said.

UNMIT spokesperson Allison Cooper said that the UN is still confirming information in relation to the incident at the end of the presidential campaign in Dili. The complete information will be announced publically on Thursday 05/04.

The 2 motorcycles burnt in Colmera belonged to from Fernando Lasama's supporters and took place when they came with Lasama's poster to attack IDPs in Dili Jardim. And the 4 cars were damaged were from Lu-Olo's supports from Ermera district. (DN and TP)

Julio Pinto: Presidential Candidates Violate Conduct Code

The National Observer of the presidential election Julio Thomas Pinto reportedly said that 8 presidential candidates have violated the Conduct Code of the campaign. He added that during the electoral campaign in 12 districts, 8 presidential candidates did not discuss policy, instead choosing to insult one another.

He stated that in the Conduct Code the campaigns have to focus on campaign issues and are not for insulting other candidates. Otherwise candidates have violated the conduct that they themselves signed. (DN)

Xavier in Dili: "I am Ready to Serve TL"

The presidential candidate Francisco Xavier told his supporters at the end of his electoral campaign on Thursday 04/04 at ASDT office in Lecidere Dili, that he is prepared to dedicate himself totally to govern and serve the people of Timor Leste.

He revealed that if he is elected he will totally dedicate himself to make all people of Timor Leste happy and free from suffering. (DN)

Lu-Olo in Dili: All of us obey the Constitution

After campaigning in all districts, the presidential candidate Lu-Olo finished in Dili on Thursday 04/04 in Motor Cross Stadium Delta Circuit Manleuana, Dili. To his all his supporters he affirmed that whilst he is a presidential candidate he is also a simple person who comes from the East region and after long reflection he decided to be a candidate himself to guarantee peace and stability for the people of Timor Leste.

He also revealed that if he is elected he will obey and act within the constitution, and the laws which apply in this country. (DN)

Horta in Dili: "I respect Veterans and Underground Movement"

The presidential candidate Jose Ramos Horta told his supporters through his speech at the end of the electoral campaign on Thursday 04/04 at Municipal Stadium Dili, that he respects veterans and underground movements (DN)

Lasama in Dili: "I approve a law to Consolidate F-FDTL"

The presidential candidate Fernando Lasama told his supporters in his final speech at the end of electoral campaign on Thursday 04/04 in Democracy Field Dili, that if he is elected, he will approve a law to consolidate F-FDTL. (DN)

STAE Hand Ballot Papers over to Districts Coordinators

STAE handed the ballot papers and signing boards over to the electoral coordinators of 13 districts to bring to each districts' polling centers.

After handing the items over, the Director of STAE, Thomas Cabral, told Journalists that the district Police and CNE accompanied him to bring the items to districts in anticipation of any trouble.

He mentioned that the ballot papers total 109.3950 and have been distributed to each district namely Aileu 24750 with 21484 voters, Ainaro 32950 (28651 voters), Baucau 70950 (60552 voters), Bobonaro 54550 (47425 voters), Covalima 32900 (28581 voters), Dili 114150 (99260 voters), Ermera 62650 (54452 voters), Liquica 37400 (31191 voters), Lautem 35900 (32511 voters), Manufahi 27400 (23809 voters), Manatuto (22143 voters), Oecusse 38350 (33434 voter) and Viqueque 45500 (39529). In total 504 polling centers and 720 polling station. (DN, STL and TP)

PNTL is Prepared to Ensure the Security of the presidential Election

After handing the items over to the electoral coordinators of 13 districts the Commander of PNTL Inspector Afonso de Jesus reportedly said that PNTL is prepared to ensure security for the upcoming presidential election on 09 April 2007.

He added that presidential election is enormous so it will be the difficult for PNTL. PNTL is the national security of Timor Leste and it is prepared to ensure the security in election, in order the election could be well organized in the peaceful manners and calm. (DN)

Xanana Participated in Horta's Campaign

As a leader of CNRT, Xanana participated in the campaigning of presidential candidate Jose Ramos Horta on Thursday 04/04 at Stadium Municipal, Dili. Xanana did not comment on his participation. It shows that he gives major support to Horta to replace him in 2007-2012 period as President of RDTL. (TP)

Lasama will reassemble F-FDTL and PNTL

The presidential candidate Fernando Lasama told his supporters in his speech at the end of his electoral campaign on Thursday 04/04 in Democracy Field Dili, that if he is elected, he will reassemble F-FDTL and PNTL. (TP)

Tilman: Ought to receive the Result of the Election

After finishing his campaign in 10 districts, the presidential candidate Manuel Tilman called for the people of Timor Leste, including the military to accept the results of the election.

He urged the Timorese in the spirit of democracy to receive the result of the election in the a peaceful manner. Tilman made the comments to journalists at the KOTA office in Kampung Alor om Dili. (TP)

Xanana Votes to Horta

After presenting Horta's campaign on Thursday 04/04 in the Dili Stadium, President Republic Xanana Gusmćo told Journalists that there is no option for him to vote for other candidates. He said that he wants to vote for Horta so he attends Horta's campaign.

"Presidential candidate Jose Ramos Horta is an excellent figure so I will choose Horta to reinstate me". Xanana declared. (STL)

Lu-Olo's Supporters is thrown stones in Comoro-Aitarak Laran, 3 Injured

The campaign schedule of presidential candidate Francisco Guterres alias Lu-Olo has coincided with other presidential candidates namely Xavier Amaral, Jose Ramos Horta and Joćo Carrascalćo.

In relation to the overlap schedule among the four candidates, the supporters of presidential candidate Lu-Olo threw stones in Comoro Aitarak Laran and the incident resulted in three injured Fretilin members. Lu-Olo's supporters threw stones when they yelled and shouted Lu-Olo's name, showed Lu-Olo's picture and displayed Fretilin's flag when passing through Aitarak Laran.

The incident happened yesterday and was closely guarded by UNPol (GNR) and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP). (STL)

TVTL News ­ 02 April 2007

TVTL News ­ 04 April 2007

New Advisor for the President

Joao Miranda was sworn-in as the new advisor to the President, replacing Danocianao Gomes. Miranda said following the ceremony that he would liaise between the President's office, F-FDTL and PNTL. He will continue his post with the new elected president.

International Media Reports

UN urges non-violent Timor poll

The UN Security Council has called on all parties involved in next week's presidential election in East Timor to avoid using violence.

In a statement, the council described the poll as a "significant milestone" in the country's democratic process.

It is the first time the East Timorese have voted for a president since the country gained independence in 2002.

Tensions have risen as Monday's poll nears, sparking fears of a resurgence of last year's sectarian violence.

In May 2006, at least 33 people died and 150,000 fled their homes as a result of street clashes around the capital Dili, after former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri dismissed 600 soldiers, splitting the armed forces.

Thousands of international troops were deployed to curb the violence.

Security concerns

Eight candidates are seeking to replace incumbent President Xanana Gusmao, who has long signaled his intention not to stand for re-election.

Current prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta, 57, is running for the post.

So too is the powerful Fretilin Party chairman Fransisco Guterres, 52, and Fernando "Lasama" De Araujo, the chairman of the opposition Democrat Party.

Security has been tightened ahead of Monday's poll, but clashes have still taken place in recent days.

According to the Associated Press, at least 32 people were injured in clashed between rival gangs on the streets of Dili on Wednesday.

UN peacekeepers and police were forced to fire warning shots to disperse the crowd.

Fears of further violence are also connected to the fact that a renegade soldier, Major Alfredo Reinado, is still at large.

He is being hunted by an international security force, but has so far evaded capture, and is said to have some public support. http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/asia-pacific/6528479.stm

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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