Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 11 July 2007

Wednesday, 11 July 2007


National Media Reports

Timor-Leste will be a failed state if Fretilin forms a government

The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mr. Mario Viegas Carrascalão reportedly called on Fretilin not to form a minority government as this would cause a new crisis and the downfall of the government.

"Timor-Leste will be a failed state if the minority runs the nation without consulting the opposition ­ which refflects the majority," said Mr. Carrascalão on Tuesday (10/7) in Dili. (STL)

The Coalition of CNRT, ASDT-PSD, and PD sign MOU

CNRT, ASDT-PSD and PD officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday (9/7) in Dili to form a coalition.

The MOU was signed by the representatives of each party, namely Xanana Gusmão (President of CNRT), Francisco Xavier do Amaral (President of ASDT), Mario Viegas Carrascalão (President of PSD) and Fernando de Araujo Lasama (President of PD). (STL)

ISF will not capture Reinado

The Chief lawyer of former Military Police Commander Alfredo Reinado Alves, Benevides Correia Barros said that the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) will not capture Reinado and his men as per the order made by the President to halt the search operations.

"ISF was there because Reinado was armed but they would not have been able to arrest him," said Mr. Benevides on Tuesday (10/7) in Dili. (STL)

Ramos-Horta supports inclusive government

President José Ramos-Horta wants to see a government that includes representatives from the different parties, rather than a Fretilin-dominated parliament.

The President of [the ruling party] Fretilin, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo informed that Fretilin's door is open to all political parties who are interested in forming an inclusive government.

Alfredo is only authorized to carry a pistol

President José Ramos-Horta reportedly authorized former Military Police Commander Alfredo Reinado Alves to only carry a pistol.

"I made the decision to halt the search operation to capture Reinado and his men, but this does not mean that they are allowed to carry weapons. Reinado and his three guards are only allowed to carry pistols," said Mr. Horta on Tuesday (10/7) in Dili. (STL)

Coalition will not join Fretilin

The Spokesperson of the coalition parties (CNRT, ASDT-PSD and PD), Zacarias da Costa, said that the coalition has ruled out the option of joining Fretilin in forming a new government.

"As the opposition party, we cannot guarantee cooperating with Fretilin to form this government," revealed Mr. Zacarias on Tuesday (10/9) in Dili.

He added that if Fretilin formed a government, the coalition would not support any of the programmes that Fretilin would pass in the Parliament. (TP)

Alkatiri: Fretilin has not formed a government yet

The Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri said that Fretilin has not yet formed a new government or identified a Prime Minister.

He added that it is still early and Fretilin is still consulting with other political parties. (TP)

Ramos-Horta: Alfredo violated the agreement

President José Ramos-Horta reportedly said that the former Military Police Commander, Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men violated the agreement which forced the ISF to restrict his movement last Sunday (8/7) in Same.

Mr. Horta said that under the agreement Reinado was not allowed to carry weapons and should have come to Dili to meet with him.

"I gave ISF the order to monitor Reinado and his men, who showed up at the PNTL and UNPol offices, against the agreement made," said Mr. Horta on Tuesday (10/7) in Dili. (TP)

Lu-Olo: "President should not forget the constitution"

The President of [the ruling party] Fretilin, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo said that the President of the Republic should not forget the country's constitution, particularly article 106, which states that only the leading party can form a government and name the new Prime Minister.

He said that although Fretilin won the minority votes, the President of the Republic should invite the other parties to discuss ways to form a new government.

According to Mr. Lu-Olo, the President has the responsibility to ensure that a new government is formed. (DN)

PSD replies Fretilin's letter

The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mario Viegas Carrascalão, said that PSD has replied to the letter from Fretilin inviting other political parties to form the new government.

Mr. Carrascalão said that the national stability of the country is the responsibility of the President of the Republic based on the country's constitution.

He also revealed that he has no ambitions to be East Timor's next Prime Minister. He said that he was in politics to solve the problems of the people and the country. (DN)

Lu-Olo: "I am happy that CNRT replied to Fretilin's letter"

The President of [the ruling party] Fretilin, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, on Tuesday (10/7) said that he was happy that CNRT replied to the letter sent by Fretilin. He also confirmed that Fretilin has not publicly announced the content of the CNRT letter. (DN)

UNMIT: The security situation in the country remains calm

The UNMIT Spokesperson, Ms. Allison Cooper, said that although the security situation across the country has been calm, PNTL and UNPol have maintained their patrols ­ especially in high-rrisk areas ­ to guarantee security. (DN)

Monteiro: "Ramos-Horta asked Alfredo to hand-over the weapons"

After meeting with President José Ramos-Horta on Tuesday (10/7) in Dili, the Attorney-General Longuinhos Monteiro told journalist that the objective of the meeting was to get the order from the President to disarm Alfredo and his men. (DN)

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanario Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)

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