Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review: 13 July 2007

Friday, 13 July 2007



National Media Reports

Horta appeals to reduce child birth rates

During the World Population Day ceremony held by the Ministry of Finance and UNFPA on Thursday (12/7) at the Hotel Timor in Dili, President Jose Ramos-Horta appealed to the Timorese people to help decrease the rate of child birth from seven to two.

Mr. Horta said that this year's statistics show that there are currently approximately 1 million people. He added that if each family continues having 7 children, the population will increase by 2 million in two years also adding to the preoccupations of the nation. (STL)

UNPol: No political violence in Uatolari

UNPol said that it has not received any reports of violence involving political party supporters in Viqueque district.

"We have only received one report of an incident that occurred last Sunday at the Uatolari Market. This was not a politically related incident," said UNPol Spokesperson, Monica Rodriguez on Thursday (12/7). (STL)

Political parties need to explain article 106 of the constitution

The Vice President of Committee B for Defence and Foreign Affairs at the National Parliament, Clementino dos Reis Amaral said that political parties must explain article 106 of the constitution to their supporters in order to avoid conflicts. The article relates to the formation of the new government. (STL)

ETCRN congratulates CNE and STAE

The East Timor Crisis Reflection Network (ETCRN) congratulated the CNE and STAE for the good conduct of the parliamentary elections on 30 June.

The ETCRN Coordinator, Jaimito Candido said that the Timorese have been able to organize their first presidential and parliamentary elections successfully. (STL)

UNMIT to hold meeting with political parties

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) will hold monthly meetings with the political party leaders. The decision was made when UNMIT held a meeting with political parties last Thursday (6/7). (STL)

UNDERTIM will help Fretilin to form government

The UNDERTIM party led by Cornelio Gama and Cristiano da Costa will help [the ruling party] Fretilin to form a government by giving them some ideas, however they will not join them in a coalition.

"UNDERTIM will maintain its political autonomy," said UNDERTIM Secretary-General Cristiano da Costa on Thursday (12/7) after meeting with President José Ramos-Horta in Dili. (TP)

Alfredo will not store weapons in containers

Attorney-General Longuinhos Monteiro said that fugitive Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men refused to store their weapons in the containers provided by the state.

Reinado's lawyer Benevides Correia on the other hand explained that they are waiting for some issues to be clarified before using the containers. (DN)

Maria Angelina: 83 complaints submitted to CNE do not affect the election results

At a press conference held at the CNE office on Thursday (12/7) in Dili, the CNE spokesperson, Maria Angelina informed that the CNE received 83 complaints during the electoral process.

Ms. Angelina said that out of the 83 cases, only 11 cases went against the electoral law or were considered criminal offenses, but as announced by the Court of Appeals these cases would not affect the results. (DN)

New serious crimes unit will be established in Timor-Leste

Attorney-General Longuinhos Monteiro on Thursday (12/7) informed that a new Serious Crimes Unit will be established in Timor-Leste to investigate the cases from 1999. (DN)

International Media Reports

UN pledges commitment to working with new government in Timor-Leste 08:57, July 13, 2007 UN Source: Xinhua

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged on Thursday the world body's commitment to working with the new government in Timor-Leste.

"UNMIT (United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste) is committed to working with the new government and the Parliament, particularly in the areas of democratic governance, the rule of law, security sector reform and social and economic development programs," said a statement issued by Ban's press office.

The UN chief noted the results of the country's parliamentary elections on June 30, which showed that no single party will hold an absolute majority of the 65 seats.

The date for the commencement of the new parliament is yet to be fixed and discussions related to the formation of a government are also being undertaken by political parties.

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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