Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 12 July 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]

Thursday, 12 July 2007



National Media Reports

Alkatiri: opposition against the government will be an enemy

The secretary general of Fretilin Mr. Mari Alkatiri has stated that any opposition party that opposes the Government will be an enemy of the Government.

"It is clear, however that the role of the opposition is not entirely as a traitor as an opposition is needed to overview the government's programmes," said Mr. Alkatiri. (TP)

No political parties have bad intention toward the country

Mr. Mariano Sabino, the general secretary of Democratic Party (PD) which proposes to be one party within an alliance said on Wednesday at the Hotel Timor, that no one political party has bad intentions. Rather they are united in their view of democracy and self determination.

"Today's democracy is the result of Fretilin's struggle for self-determination"

Based on the current situation PD hopes to create a government open to every party in order to solve the crisis within the country," said Mr. Mariano. (TP)

UNDERTIM wants Xanana and Mari Alkatiri working together

Following the announcement of results by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, the political party UNDERTIM has called upon Xanana Gusmão and Mari Alkatiri to end their political differences.

UNDERTIM will hold two seats in the government.

"UNDERTIM needs Fretilin and CNRT to collaborate and work together."

"All parties should respect that Fretilin won the election with a simple majority and Fretilin is also giving its respect to the minority who have seats in the parliament," said Cornelio Gama L-7, the president of UNDERTIM on Wednesday (11/7) in his residence in Fatuhada, Dili. (STL)

Horta's decision on Reinado is legal

The political expert of the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL), Alarico da Costa Ximenes told journalists on Wednesday that the declaration by the President of Republic, Jose Ramos Horta on Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men is legal.

He explained that Horta's decision reflects the power of law from the four essential organs in Timor-Leste, namely the national parliament, president, government and judiciary.

"The presidential decision is a wise one. It reflects the need for stability in Timor-Leste and the need for Reinado's safety." (STL and DN)

PUN intends to be an opposition party in the national parliament

The National Unity Party (PUN) who has one three seats in the national parliament, will not take part in the proposed alliance between CNRT, ASDT-PSD and PD, preferring to become an opposition party in the national parliament.

"We want to be the opposition party in the national parliament, to focus on justice and go against cronyism, corruption and nepotism in the country," declared the president of PUN, Ms. Fernanda Borges on Wednesday (11/7) at PUN's office in Taibisse, Dili. (STL and DN)

The alliance is ready

The coalition parties' (CNRT, ASDT-PSD and PD) alliance will become the opposition party when President of Republic nominates Fretilin to form the new government.

The ASDT's Secretary-Geral, Gil Alves, the president of national council of PSD, Zacarias Albano da Costa, CNRT's representative, Duarte Nunes and PD's representative, Adriano Nascimento, declared on Wednesday (11/7) in Hotel Timor, Dili, that the alliance parties signed an MOU for the functioning of their majority coalition, stipulating that they will work together on all aspects in the national parliament. (STL)

Alkatiri doesn't discuss the future concept of the new government

The Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri refused to discuss the future concept of East Timor's new government, saying instead that he wants to discuss the platform and programme of the political parties.

"Essentially, Fretilin wants to go forward," he said.

He mentioned that, so far, Fretilin has received official letters from three parties, CNRT, ASDT-PSD and PD. The letters state that these parties are ready to have dialogue led by the president of republic. (STL)

Fretilin militants condemn violence in Uatolari

The militants and sympathizers of [ruling party] Fretilin condemned the violence in Viqueque district, sub-district Uatolari.

The last incident happened on 30 of June after the Election Day result; three houses were burnt, one person was injured and several shops were looted.

Manuel Tilman: NP's mandate will end in September 15

The member of national parliament from KOTA, Manuel Tilman, stated on Wednesday (11/7) in national parliament that according to the law for the national parliament (NP), its mandate will end on 15 of September this year.

He stated that before 15 of September (on the 14 September) all members of national parliament will leave their seats for the new members of national parliament. (TP)

UNDP-AusAID strengthen cooperation for the development of Timor-Leste

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) strengthen their relationship and cooperation to assist the development of East Timor.

This cooperation was formalized during a signing of an accord on Monday (9/7) in Dili by the UNDP Country Directory, Akbar Usmani and the AusAID Development Corporation Counselor, Robin Scott ­ Charlton.

"AusAID and UNDP agree to increase assistance through governance cooperation, especially law and justice, elections and the parliament," said the UNDP press release. (TP)

Menezes: the government should force a dialogue with Alfredo

The Spokesperson of the Democratic Party (PD), Rui Menezes said that the government should force a dialogue with Alfredo in order to confirm his status.

Mr. Menezes said that before the President makes decisions on whether Alfredo should be allowed to carry weapons or not, a dialogue should take place in order to determine his status.

Elizario Fereira, a member of Fretilin, said that there is no difference between a pistol or a weapon, except for maybe the size.

"According to the constitution, no civilian is allowed to carry a weapon," said Mr. Fereira. (DN)

Longuinhos: "The state will provide boxes to store Alfredo's weapons"

The Attorney-General of Timor-Leste said that in line with the President's decision to allow Alfredo to carry a pistol, the state will provide boxes to store Alfredo's heavy weapons.

Longuinhos explained that the containers will be distributed through the Attorney-General and will be transported by ISF helicopters. (DN)

Tomas Cabral: STAE and CNE duties end

While attending the announcement of the results of the Parliamentary Elections on Wednesday (11/7) at the Court of Appeals in Dili, the STAE Director, Thomas Cabral told journalist that with the announcement of results, the roles of STAE and CNE have come to an end.

"We should all accept the results and wait for the formation of the new government," said Mr. Cabral. (DN)

International Media Reports

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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