Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 1 March 2007

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Thursday, 01 March 2007



National Media Reports

Veterans will Stand UP and Detain Authors of Crisis

Former Falintil commander, Cornelio Gama, also known as L7 has reportedly said that former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and Former Ministers Rogerio Lobato, Roque Rodrigues and the current Minister of Finance, Madalena Boavida must be responsible for the military political crisis due to their incapacity to govern the nation. L7 further said that the veterans would all stand and ask the UN to detain the authors of the crisis if they continue to play around with the Timorese people. He is of the opinion that plans to capture Alfredo and his group may result in the population becoming the victims. Commenting on the actions of Alfredo at the border, L7 said whoever gave the guns to Alfredo has to be accountable.

The former Falintil commander stressed that the veterans do not want to see their fellow countrymen continuing to suffer and if more people become victims they will stand up and detain the leaders of the country. Gama met with the Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs Wednesday to discuss ways the veterans could contribute to find a solution to the current crisis. (STL)

Alfredo Still in Contact with F-FDTL Brigadier General

Alfredo has reportedly said he continues to be in contact with F-FDTL Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak despite his distancing from the institution following the crisis. He said that he still respects the General and tries to communicate with him on a regular basis even if at times he does not pick up his phone. Alfredo claims he is trying to get close to the Defence Force General to try and find a solution within F-FDTL. He accuses those who want the elections to go ahead as '˜traitors who would easily forget the needs of the people once they are in power'™, claiming that the military political crisis should be resolved before stepping into elections. He is of the opinion that elections should be postponed and the priority should be on resolving the crisis and then holding a referendum on the Constitution and the type of government that the people see suitable for the country. (STL)

MP Rejects Joining Alfredo

MP Leandro Isac (Independent) has said via a telephone interview with Timor Post Wednesday that he has not joined Major Alfredo and his group as the reason for his presence in Same was to follow the protest organized by MUNJ which was cancelled by the authorities. Isac said he was already in Same before Alfredo and his group moved into the area, claiming that the accusations are intentionally against him politically. He said he was due to return to Dili a few days ago but could not due to the road block by the ISF between Dili-Same. (TP)

RTTL News Headlines

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Major Alfredo Affirms he Took Weapons to Protect the Population.

Speaking to the national television, Major Alfredo Reinado said, an investigation should be established to ascertain the reason why he took the weapons from the posts. He said there were plans by a BPU officer called Antonio da Cruz to attack him following a meeting a week ago with members of Fretilin.

The Vatican Ambassador to TL and Indonesia Presented Credentials Today

Archbishop Dom Leopold Girelli presented his credential to the President of Republic today as the Vatican Ambassador to TL and Indonesia. Following the ceremony he told the media that the Vatican will work closely with TL churches in the area of health.

President of UDT Presents Candidacy

Joao Carrascalao, the President of UDT has launched his candidacy to the presidential election as an independent candidate. In his speech he said he is running in the presidential elections at the request of the people and not as his party candidate.

Xavier Amaral Announces Candidacy

Xavier do Amaral, of ASDT launched his presidential candidacy in Ulmera, Liquica District today accompanied by the party'™s Secretary General and former Falintil commander Samba Simbilan.

UNDP Allocated Budget for Presidential Elections

Tomas Cabral, STAE Director said UNDP has allocated US$5,000 dollar to support the each presidential candidates in their campaign. Funds from UNDP would also be used to establish a resource center in Dili and provide vehicles for the campaign in districts like Oecussi.

Candidates Registered

A total of 10 candidates are contesting the presidential elections, the Court of Appeal confirmed Wednesday evening. Candidates that have been registered are:

Francisco Guterres '˜Lu-Olo', (Fretilin) Jose Ramos-Horta (Independent), Fernando '˜Lasama' Araujo (PD), Avelino Coelho (PST), Lucia Lobato (PSD), Joao Carrascalao (UDT/Independent) Francisco Xavier do Amaral (ASDT) and Manuel Tilman (KOTA).

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]


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