Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 30 May 2007

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

Wednesday, 30 May 2007



National Media Reports

PR (Republican Party) will have a coalition with CNRT

The president of Republican Party (PR), João Mariano Saldanha has declared that his party will form a coalition with the CNRT and other political parties that share the same agenda.

"The PR will make coalition with parties, for example the CNRT and the coalition of ASDT-PSD, which can form a coalition in the national parliament for approving important laws for the people of Timor Leste," Mr. Saldanha said on Tuesday. (STL)

CNRT's campaign is interrupted by Fretilin

The campaign of the Conselho Nacional Reconstrução Timor Leste (CNRT), led by the former president Xanana Gusmão, was interrupted by a group from the ruling party Fretilin on Tuesday (29/5) in Lospalos when the former minister of foreign affairs, Jose Luis Guterres from Fretilin, gave a statement in support of CNRT.

The STL's journalist from Lospalos reported that even though the campaign was interrupted, the situation in Lospalos remain calm. (STL)

All parties want to improve the PNTL's professionalism

At a joint debate held by the prosecutor for human rights (PDHJ) on Tuesday (29/5) in GMT Dili, all political parties which will compete in the parliamentary elections declared commitment to improving the professionalism of the PNTL.

All political parties declared that to improve domestic security for the people, the PNTL needs to become professional, independent, impartial, and act with integrity.

Meanwhile, the representatives from Congresso Nacional Reconstrução Timor Leste (CNRT), Cicílio Caminha and Carmelita Moniz stated that if CNRT wins in the upcoming parliamentary election, CNRT will separate the work of PNTL and ministry of interior. (STL and TP)

Ramos Horta is cheerless on the promulgation of the law of alteration

The president of republic, Jose Ramos Horta said that he is unhappy with some articles in the alteration laws.

"I am unhappy about some articles that call for the removal of party logos, it is not acknowledging people's wishes -- which the ruling party Fretilin should learn," said Mr. Horta on Tuesday (29/5) after promulgating the law in the Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli Dili. (TP)

Government: no tolerance for criminals

The third constitutional Prime Minister, Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, guaranteed that IDPs can return home and his government pledged that will not tolerate nor give impunity to criminals regardless of their actions.

"For the criminals specifically who have created this crisis, the government will not (seek) "reconciliation and dialogue with such people," said Mr. da Silva on Tuesday (29/5) in MTRC Caicoli Dili. (TP)

International Media Reports

The Balibo Five has haunted Sutiyoso to leave Australia

May 30, 2007

The Jakarta Post

DARWIN (Antara): Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso and team decided to leave Australia earlier than scheduled after the arrival of an invitation to coroner's inquest the Balibo Five case.

The sudden rescheduling was triggered by the arrival of two Sydney policemen to Sutiyoso's hotel room on Tuesday who rudely delivered the invitation to further investigate the 1975 killing of five Australian-based journalists at Balibo.

Sutiyoso refused the invitation and decided to cancel his visit to Canberra on Wednesday. "The main agenda of the Governor visit to Sydney on May 27-29 is to reactivate a sister province cooperation between Jakarta and New South Wales," Indonesian Consulate General's economic affairs consul Kusno Wibowo Mazwar said. "Because of the incident in Sydney, Sutiyoso decides not to continue his visit in other cities in Australia and return home."

The Jakarta-New South Wales cooperation has not been running well since 1994 due to the transfer of duty among Jakarta city administration officials and the economic crisis that hit Indonesia in 1997.

Governor Sutiyoso was scheduled to hold a gathering with Indonesian and Australian businessmen in Canberra on May 30.

Unaware of this incident, the Indonesian ambassador for Vanuatu, TM Hamzah Thayeb, had left the APEC forum in Darwin to welcome the Governor in Canberra. (***)

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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