Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 25 May 2007

Friday, 25 May 2007



National Media Reports

Horta and F-FDTL seeking to solve petitioners' problem

The president of republic, Jose Ramos Horta visited F-FDTL HQ on Thursday (24/5) in Tasi-Tolu Dili to observe.

During his first visit as President of the country and also as the supreme commander of F-FDTL Dr Ramos Horta said his visit was also to consult with the commander of F-FDTL, Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak about the situation of the petitioners.

“Now I am waiting for the spokesperson for the petitioners Gastão Salsinha and his colleagues. I want to meet them here next week for dialogue that will lead to a solution.” said Horta. (STL)

At the same occasion, speaking to the journalist Brig. Gen. Taur Matan Ruak said that F-FDTL keeps its position to solve Alfredo Reinado’s case through dialogue.

“Since then we preoccupied that the problem of Alfredo should be solved. If we all know that it is important to be hand in hand, sitting together to look for reasons in togetherness,” said Matan Ruak. (TP)

PSD questioned subsidy for political party

The vice president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Lucia Lobato has questioned the subsidy that will be provided by the government for the legislative election campaigns.

“Until now we haven’t heard some political parties received such subsidy,” said Lucia on Wednesday (23/5) in national parliament. (STL)

4.300 policemen and 1.000 ISF ready to secure the parliamentary election

At a press conference held by UNMIT on Thursday (24/5) in UNMIT HQ Obrigado Barracks Caicoli Dili, the DSRSG Eric Tan Huck Gim stated that United Nation Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) will deploy 4.300 policemen and 1.000 militaries from International Stabilization Forces (ISF) for free, fair and peaceful parliamentary election next 30 June.

Mr. Tan mentioned that such numbers composed by 1.700 from UNPol and 2.800 from PNTL. “These total will be on duty in the community and conflicts across the country,” said Mr. Tan. (STL)

The incident of 25 May 2006 is the reflection for PNTL and F-FDTL

The president of republic, Jose Manuel Ramos Horta has called on the F-FDTL and PNTL to reflect on the incident of 25 May 2006, which resulted in the death of PNTL and F-FDTL officers.

“Today is one year since the the massacre on the 25th of May last year; it is the bad image which should not be raised in the future.

We should reflect upon it and examination it to ensure that such a problem does not happen again to either institutions,” said Horta in his speech when visiting on Thursday (24/5) in F-FDTL HQ Tasi Tolu Dili. (STL)

UNPol denied the allegation of populations in Hudi Laran toward Malaysian

The intern commissioner of UNPol, Herman Prit denied to the allegation from the population in Hudi Laran which said that Malaysian Police collaborate with martial art PSHT.

“It is the false allegation,” declared Mr. Prit at a press conference held by UNMIT on Thursday (24/5) in UNMIT HQ Obrigado Barracks Caicoli Dili. (STL)

Political parties signing joint agreement

The 14 political parties including two coalitions which will compete in legislative election on 30 June will sign a joint agreement today (25/5).

The joint agreement is the joint compromise which should be obeyed by overall political parties during the electoral campaign until Election Day.

“Political parties which had been registered will sign joint accord tomorrow (today) about the code conduct announced by CNE,” informed CNE spokesperson Fr. Martinho Gusmão in CNE office Kintal Boot Dili. (TP)

International Media Reports

'Community-based' peacekeeping helps Kiwi troops

Friday, May 2007 05:49a.m.

The Defence Force says a community-based approach to peacekeeping is serving Kiwi troops well in East Timor.

105 troops are leaving Christchurch today for a six month deployment in the troubled former Indonesian province.

It is the third rotation of Kiwi troops to serve in East Timor, since violence erupted there last May.

Commander Major Dave Thorsen says New Zealand troops get a good reception in East Timor.

UN committed to East Timor's Parliamentary elections

Last Updated 25/05/2007, 04:13:19 ABC Radio Australia

The United Nations says it's committed to ensuring next month's crucial parliamentary election in East Timor is safe and secure for voters and organisers.

A deputy head of the UN mission in East Timor says UN and local police will guard polling stations for the June 30 election to choose a new prime minister and parliamentarians.

The officers are seen as crucial to helping secure the vote after East Timor descended into violence last year that left 37 people dead.

About 4,000 UN and local police, backed by Australian-led peacekeeping troops, guarded this month's presidential election, which was hailed as peaceful and produced few reports of voter intimidation.

New Batch Of NZ Of Troops Leave For Timor Today 7:33 am, 25 May 2007

A new contingent of troops from the Burnham Army Camp is heading to East Timor for a six month tour of duty.

They are the third rotation to take up peace keeping duties in East Timor in the past year.

The 105 troops will replace personnel from the Linton army base, who return on 31 May.

They will maintain security during the East Timorese parliamentary elections in June, as well as general peace keeping duties.

East Timor will go to the polls again on June 30 in parliamentary elections.

Divisions in East Timor's security forces led to riots last year in which some 30 people died.

Troops from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Portugal were invited to quell the unrest. © NewsRoom 2007

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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