Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 27 March 2007

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

Tuesday, 27 March 2007



National Media Reports

Alfredo will not submit himself

On Sunday (25/3) via his mobile, Alfredo told Lusa that he will not submit himself and that he wants to be free as a human being. He also said that until now he still keeps in touch with Leandro Isaac, an MP member who plans to resign from National Parliament. (STL)

TL needs Strong Leadership, welcome to CNRT

The spokesperson of CNRT Eduardo de Deus Barreto alias Dusae said TL needs strong leadership and that he welcomes that in enriching democracy and to corroborating National Unity demanding good and strong, when asked for President Republic Kayrala Xanana Gusmão to lead this party at Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli, Dili. (STL, DN and TP)

Fretilin created Crisis, not CNRT

The member of National Parliament from Partido Democratica (PD) Julião Mausiri reportedly said that Secretary General of Fretilin Mari Alkatiri could not blame the crisis on CNRT since it is a new party. (STL)

Using symbols of parties on the ballot papers are legal

The Court of Appeal through the collective judges decided that the alteration of the law which was approved by National Parliament on 21 March 2007 is not against the constitution.

According to the opinion of Court of Appeal, constitution is not closed for adding any symbol on the ballot papers. So all candidate have to choose their own symbols to put on their ballot papers. (STL)

Illegal Weapons Circulated in Ermera

The Community Leader Ernesto Fernandes alias Dudu (former Commander of Falintil) reportedly informed that since the military and political crisis in this country last year, illegal weapons circulated in Ermera up to the present.

He added that these illegal weapons were commanded by some political parties, and those who are holding the weapons are familiar to him. (STL)

PSD will build a new prison if the win the presidential election

Mario Viegas Carrascalão, the president of PSD pointed out the important issue in Lucia Lobato's campaign in Liquica on Friday 23/03.

Mario said that if PSD wins the presidential and parliamentary election, PSD will build new prison for those who are involved in corruption and crimes. (STL)

PSD's militants threaten in Viqueque

The president of PSD of Viqueque District, Miguel Soares Pinto reportedly told STL on Monday 19/03 when he attended the ceremony of presidential candidate Lucia Lobato that currently there are some political parties going to threaten PSD's militants in Viqueque District, especially in Uatolari Sub-district. (STL)

Xanana Gusmão: "I am ready to lead CNRT"

The representatives of Conselho Nacional Reconstrução Timor (CNRT) on Monday 26/03 presented CNRT's petition to President Republic Xanana Gusmão at Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli Dili.

Xanana told the representatives from 13 Districts that he is ready to lead CNRT forward as a president of the party when he finishes his duty as president of RDTL to help compete inthe legislative election. (DN and TP)

Lu-Olo in Gleno: "there will be no rebels when I win"

Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo on his presidential campaign in Ermera (26/3) said that when he wins i the election there will be no more rebels. He promised to create peace and stability not violence. (DN)

Father Martinho: live not to insult for a good leader

The spokesperson of CNE, Father Martinho Gusmão, reportedly said that the leaders who like to insult others in their campaign, show that they have no intellectual quality or capability of leadership. He added that CNE has to pay attention to the presidential candidates and representatives who insult each other and to those who have violated the Conduct Code who signed by them. (DN)

Xanana's ready to be the President of CNRT

Xanana is ready to run for CNRT's president after leaving his position as the president of republic in response to the petition of CNRT committee organized at Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli, Dili (Monday 26/3).

Xanana said that he will be leading CNRT to help people to live in a calm and peaceful condition.

Even though CNRT is not registered at the Court of Appeal yet, in the mean time the party will run its first national congress. (TP)

Lasama: promises Catholic Church to hold primary school (TP)

In his speech on Monday (25/3) in Gleno-Ermera, the PD's presidential candidate, Lasama, promised after he is elected as the president of republic that the primary schools will be held by the Catholic Church to give early moral education and good character to the children of the country.

Lu-Olo: "Alfredo has no long journey as mine"

Lu-Olo on his fourth day of presidential campaign in Gleno, Ermera (Monday 26/3) said that Alfredo's did not journey as he did during the resistance period for 24 years in response to Alfredo's remarks that Lu-Olo should not run the county.(TP)

Mari Alkatiri: "CNRT come to lie"

The Secretary General of Fretilin Mari Alkatiri said that we have to beware of CNRT because CNRT lies to people.

He added that CNRT enhanced the conflicts and it could not resolve conflict. Alkatiri told to journalist when he visited and campaigned to the IDP camp at Obrigado Barracks Caicoli Dili on Sunday 25/03. (DN)

Use Govt's Facilities to campaign

The campaign of Presidential candidate Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo in Ossu-Baucau, Dili and Laclubar-Manatuto, the militants of Fretilin used Government Facilities to campaign, the spokesperson of Commissão Nacional das Eleisoens (CNE) Father Martinho Gusmão told journalist at CNE office Kintal Boot Dili on Monday 26/03.(DN)

International Media Reports

Habibie to face hearing over Timor vote

March 27, 2007 - 8:09AM

Former Indonesian President BJ Habibie will on Tuesday face questioning at a closed hearing of a commission investigating the violence surrounding East Timor's 1999 independence vote.

President Habibie offered the East Timorese the choice between autonomy within Indonesia or independence from it in the historic poll. He will face questioning by members of the East Timor Indonesia Commission on Truth and Friendship (CTF) on Tuesday morning about Indonesia's policies at the time, and aspects of the Indonesian-controlled security arrangements in East Timor at the time.

Up to 1500 people were killed when pro-autonomy militia gangs linked to the Indonesian army went on an arson and killing spree before and after the August 1999 vote.

It is the second series of CTF public hearings, with alleged victims and perpetrators of the violence, and political and religious leaders to testify this week.

After Habibie's closed-session hearing, the commission will reopen to the public at a different venue on Monday afternoon to hear from two more witnesses - alleged pro-autonomy militia leaders Sera Malik and Edmundo Conceição.

The commission is seeking to establish the truth behind the 1999 violence in order to foster reconciliation between the two countries, and move past recrimination. 2007 AAP

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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