Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 29 June 2007

Friday, 29 June 2007



National Media Reports

Letter from Dili Diocese: If it's true, Dili Diocese is going against electoral law

In response to the letter from the Diocese of Dili regarding its support for the National Unity Party (PUN), the President of Democratic Party (PD), Fernando de Araujo Lasama, reportedly said that if it is true then the church is making a mistake.

CNE Spokesperson Angelina Sarmento said that the CNE considers this a violation of the electoral law. She said that if a complaint is received by the CNE, it will be referred to the Interior Ministry for further investigation. (DN)

President of the Republic and President of National Parliament appeal to the nation

President José Ramos-Horta called on the Timorese people to cast their vote on the 30th of June to elect the new leaders of the National Parliament. The President of the National Parliament also appealed to the people to vote in a free and peaceful manner. (DN)

Borges: "PUN does not belong to the Church"

In response to the letter from the Diocese of Dili regarding the church's support for the National Unity Party (PUN), Fernanda Borges ­ PUN President ­ on Thursday (28/6) said that the PUN does not belong to the church and confirmed that the church is not involved in PUN activities. However, she welcomed the Church's support to improve the lives and future of the Timorese people. (DN)

Estanislau: Respect the results

Prime Minister Estanislau Aleixo da Silva called on all citizens to respect the results of the 30 June Parliamentary Elections and said that the people should give the elected members the opportunity to run the government. (DN)

Finn: "Challenges ahead of Parliamentary Elections"

At the UNMIT press conference held on Thursday (28/6) in Dili, DSRSG Finn Reske-Nielsen said that due to the recent wet weather conditions some additional challenges have come up ahead of the parliamentary elections on 30 June.

He also reminded that "the Elections are the responsibility of Timorese people. The UN is neutral and will provide security and logistical support." (DN)

CNE refers 17 cases to the Ministry of Interior

CNE Spokesperson Fr. Martinho Gusmão said that the CNE has received 27 complaints from the campaigning period. Out of these, 17 have been confirmed to be related to violent incidents and have been referred to the Ministry of Interior for further investigation. (DN and TP)

State wants Reinado to submit himself to justice

Prime Minister Estanislau Aleixo da Silva informed that the state will not hold a dialogue with the former Commander of the Military Police, Major Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men, as this is the responsibility of the justice system. (TP)

Alfredo: "wining party must repair mistakes"

The former of Military Police Commander, Major Alfredo Reinado Alves, reportedly said that the wining party of the upcoming elections should repair the mistakes made by the ruling party Fretilin. (STL)

UNMIT provides helicopters

At a press conference held by CNE on Thursday (28/6) in Dili, CNE Spokesperson Fr. Martinho Gusmão said that UNMIT provided seven helicopters to assist in the distribution of electoral material. (STL)

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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