Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 24 May 2007

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

Thursday, 24 May 2007

UNMIT ­ MEDIA MONITORING THE UN INTEGRATED MISSION IN TIMOR-LESTE DOES NOT VOUCH FOR THE ACCURACY OF THESE REPORTS

National Media Reports

Bishop Ricardo: “Alfredo’s case is a very sensitive case” Bishop of Dili Diocese Mgr. Alberto Ricardo da Silva said that the Church is ready to be the mediator in solving Alfredo’s case knowing that both Alfredo’s lawyer and the Attorney General consider this a sensitive case.

“I am waiting for them [Alfredo’s lawyer and Prosecutor General] to organize and recommend that the church mediate a dialogue, yet until now neither Alfredo’s lawyers nor the Prosecutor General have consulted me on this,” said Bishop Ricardo on Wednesday (23/5) in his office on the first official visit of the President of Republic, Jose Ramos Horta.

After the meeting, Ramos Horta said that his visit focused on Alfredo’s case in an effort to solve it peacefully.

He said that the principal case which should be solved is the problem of Alfredo Reinado Alves with his men and that of the petitioners. He said the church wants to contribute to any pacific solution of this case. (DN and STL)

Lucia: “the new President of Republic has to be opened” Ex-presidential candidate from Social Democratic Party (PSD), Lucia Lobato speaking to journalists on Wednesday (23/5) in National Parliament said that all the people and the Constitution have to provide maximum support to the President of Republic in helping him to conduct his tasks properly.

Ms. Lobato also said that as the new President of Republic, Horta should be open to collaboration with all people in the country. (DN)

Lawyers agree, replace the President of Court of Appeal and the Attorney General The president of Association of Timor-Leste’s Lawyer (AATL), Benevides Correia Barros (also the lawyer for Alfredo Reinado) said on Wednesday (23/5) night that AATL agrees that to improve the judicial problems and systems in Timor the President of the Court of Appeal, Claudio Ximenes, and the Attorney General, Longuinhos Monteiro, should both be replace.

On the contrary, the lawyers from the Board of Law Support ­ Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH), Arlindo Dias Sanches said that President Jose Ramos Horta has to extend Claudio Ximenes’ duty of work as the President of the Court of Appeal since no other Timorese has 20 years of experience as Mr. Claudio has in judicial matters. (DN and TP)

UN wants to show impartiality in Timor Leste At a press conference held by UNMIT over the last few days in UNMIT HQ Obrigado Barracks Caicoli Dili, the Special Representative of Secretary-General for Timor Leste (SRSG) Mr. Atul Khare declared that the United Nations in Timor Leste (UNMIT) wants to show its impartiality to all the people of Timor-Leste as the democratic process is implemented in this country.

He said that the UN, the ISF and UNPol in Timor Leste will show their impartiality to the people of Timor-Leste. He also appealed to all who are involved in criminal acts to stop the violence.

Horta will give his veto to the law of alteration The president of republic Jose Ramos Horta questioned about the alteration of electoral law article 46.

Mr. Ramos said that such alteration of the electoral law does not harmonize with the democratization of Timor Leste.

Furthermore, Horta added that before promulgating such an alteration to the law, he will hear the opinions of CNE, STAE, the Church and all political parties.

After his meeting with Bishop Dili Dom Alberto Ricardo da Silva on Wednesday (23/5) in Lecidere Dili, Horta said he will only make a decision after very careful judicial counsel. (STL and TP)

Fretilin accuses PD involved in Lecidere incidents The spokesperson of Democratic Party (PD), Rui Menezes denied the accusation by Joaquim do Santos, member of national parliament from ruling party Fretilin, who accused members of PD of being involved in Lecidere incidents.

“It is the false accusation; our members are not involve in such conflict,” said Mr. Menezes on Wednesday (23/5) in National Parliament. (STL)

Atul Khare: sports is a tool of peace Sports is an essential tool for creating peace and national reconciliation,” says UN Envoy Atul Khare.

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) congratulated the 77 athletes who have returned to Dili after competing at the Arafura Games which took place in Darwin, Australia from 12 to 19 May 2007.

The Arafura Games is a leading international sporting competition for emerging champions of the Asia Pacific region. Held every two years in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, the Arafura Games is billed as a meeting of ‘Sporting Neighbours’ and attracts developing athletes from the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

The Timorese team, which included athletes with disabilities, participated in sports such as women’s volleyball, tennis, boxing, badminton, table tennis and cycling. In the end, the team walked away with a total of eight medals ­ two silver and 6 bronze.

“Sport is a universal language, which teaches values such as respect, tolerance, teamwork and fairness,” said the Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Mr. Atul Khare. “It is an essential tool for creating peace and national reconciliation,” he added.

UNMIT arranged special UN flights to transport the athletes to and from Darwin, as well as provided logistical support. “We are pleased to have assisted these young athletes in representing Timor-Leste in this important event,” said the SRSG.

UNMIT is mandated through Resolution 1704 to “assist in further strengthening the national institutional and societal capacity and mechanisms for the monitoring, promoting and protecting of human rights and for promoting justice and reconciliation.” (STL)

Railos case is under investigation After meeting with president of republic, Jose Ramos Horta on Tuesday (22/5) in Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli Dili, the Attorney General, Longuinhos Monteiro said that the case of former commander of secret armed force of Fretilin, Vicente da Conceição Railos is now under investigation related to the accusation toward him for his involvement in Tibar incident last year.

Longuinhos explained that last week the lawyers who hold this case had been told to take measures for Railos’ situation. (STL)

New community establishment, a Programme that needs refugees’ opinions The coordinators of IDPs Francisco Pereira from Motael and Leopoldo Pinto from Jardim Colmera reminded that when government wants to build a new community establishment for IDPs, the programme needs refugees’ consultation to avoid such unwanted discrimination.

“Significant of discrimination means that it should not be Loro Sa’e and Loro Monu, however it should be one of Timorese and we expected that the terrible rumors will not be the barometer for new community establishment,” said Francisco Pereira on Wednesday (23/5) in Motael Dili. (STL and TP)

ISF ready to agree with decision of High Level Committee The spokesperson of International Stabilization Forces (ISF), Major Ivan Benitez said that ISF is ready to agree with whatever decision made by the State of Timor-Leste either halting or continuing the operation on Alfredo Reinado and his men.

According to the programme of president of republic, Jose Ramos Horta will hold a meeting with the High Level Committee today (24/5) in Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli Dili.

ISF always is ready to agree with the decision made by the State because Timor Leste is a sovereign nation and the ISF is here to provide and ensure security to the people in the country, said Mr. Benites on Wednesday (23/5) via mobile. (TP)

International Media Reports

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


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