Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 30 October 2007

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

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National Media Reports

Hutcheson: “You asked, we came”

Brig. Gen. John Hutcheson, the commander of International Security Forces (ISF) asked the Timorese to understand that the presence of ISF in the nation is legal.

“We have come because we were asked. Our presence here is constitutional and legal based upon the trilateral accord between Australia, Timor-Leste and United Nations at the time of President Xanana Gusmão, President of National Parliament Lu-Olo, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and Minister of Foreign Affair José Ramos-Horta,” said Mr. Hutcheson on Monday (29/10) at Heliport, Dili when President José Ramos-Horta visited the ISF medical center.

Furthermore, Mr. Hutcheson said, the presence of ISF is to establish peace in Timor-Leste while working with UNMIT, UNPol, PNTL and F-FDTL. (STL and TP)

PM Xanana: Motamasin incident has no influence on Indonesia and TL relations

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that Lucas Meno (40), a citizen of Timor-Leste who was shot to death by the Indonesian military at the border on Friday (26/10) in Motamasin will not destroy relations between Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

According to Prime Minister Xanana, the victim is not originally a Timorese but he has been in Timor-Leste and he crossed the border to Indonesia illegally.

After a meeting with F-FDTL on Monday (29/10) in Comoro, the Prime Minister said that selling goods through illegal crossings might make some people rich, but it could also cause a lot of sadness.

The prime Minister appealed to those living across the border not to cross the border line illegally as it has consequences. (STL and TP)

Judge of Court of Appeal to investigate Longuinhos

The President of Court of Appeal, Claudio Ximenes delegated judges from the Court of Appeal to investigate the General Prosecutor, Longuinhos Monteiro in the case of the telephone recording in which Fretilin has accused Mr. Monteiro as being involved in the 2006 crisis.

“The process of the case is going on as requested by the General Prosecutor, Longuinhos Monteiro, who wants to be investigated by the Court of Appeal, not the National Parliament,” said Mr. Ximenes.

Mr. Ximenes also said that based on the Rule of Law, the General Prosecutor should be investigated by a judge from the Court of Appeal or a judge from the Attorney General in such cases. (STL)

IMF-WB refutes having published corruption report about Timor-Leste

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) refuted that they reported on the percentage of corruption in Timor-Leste since the first Government existed.

IMF and WB said this in relation to a statement by the Minister of Economy and Development, João Gonçalves, who said that Timor-Leste lost its opportunity to get assistance from Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) from the United States of America because Timor-Leste has been identified as having a high rate of corruption.

The Resident Representative of IMF, Tobias Nybo Rasmussen, on Monday (29/10) said that IMF has no relation to the MCC and that the MCC is a project of United States (USA). He said that IMF has never published a report on corruption about Timor-Leste.

On the other hand, former Prime Minister Estanislau da Silva said that actually this is not about corruption, but rather about the process and difficulties being faced by the US related to its presence in Iraq and the amount of money being spent on the war. (TP)

Fretilin accuses the Alliance: there is impunity for some organs

The Fretilin members of National Parliament have accused other members from the Alliance of having impunity from what they say is their clear involvement in crimes.

Fretilin said that until now the case of telephone recording about the conversation between the General Prosecutor, Longuinhos Monteiro, former Parliamentarian Leandro Isaac and former Chief of Presidential Cabinet Hermenegildo Pereira, is only focused on the one who recorded the conversation and not the people who held the conversation.

“Actually we have to find out why the conversation was held. As representatives of the people we should not try defend each other from justice,” said MP from Fretilin Antoninho Bianco.

Fernanda Borges, MP from National Unity Party (PUN) also said that there should be a competent institution to find out who distributed the recorded conversation and a thorough investigation of Longuinhos Monteiro who might not be involved in any political conversation as an independent person. (TP)

President Ramos-Horta asking for thorough investigation into the TNI action

President José Ramos-Horta has asked for further investigation into the shooting incident at the border by National Military of Indonesia (TNI) who shot a Timorese to death.

The President will call upon the Ambassador of Indonesia in Timor-Leste to provide clarification on the case; he is also waiting for more information from UN, PNTL and Border Police Unit (BPU).

“There was also an incident last year when our police shot to death an Indonesian citizen and then clarified it,” said the President.

The President said that the situation has been calm with the collaboration between BPU, UNPol, ISF and TNI. (TP)

Fretilin rejects Kristy Sword to be Ambassador

MPs from Fretilin totally rejected the nomination of Kristy Sword Gusmão to be Goodwill Ambassador for Education saying that there are many Timorese that could hold the post, rather than a Minister’s spouse.

MPs from CNRT argued that during the time of Prime Minister Alkatiri, Marina Alkatiri (Alkatiri’s spouse) was Ambassador for Mozambique and Djafar Alkatiri (Alkatiri’s elder brother) was Ambassador for Malaysia, and no body voiced rejection on that.

President Ramos-Horta said that the model of nominating a Goodwill Ambassador comes from United Nations and the post is dedicated to an important area.

Ramos-Horta had the idea to nominate Ms. Sword Gusmão to be Goodwill Ambassador in the area of education and to cooperate with other nations in the area of education.

Fretilin to mobilize pacific action in Dili

The Secretary-General of Fretilin Mari Alkatiri said that in 2008 Fretilin will mobilize its supporters from 13 districts to hold a pacific action for the defence of democratic rights, justice, liberty and national integrity.

Mr. Alkatiri said that all the people have the right to peaceful protest and it will be controlled by the police.

Furthermore, Mr. Alkatiri said that Fretilin recognizes the State as a constitutional State, but the Government is not constitutional so Fretilin will use its vote against the Government in the National Parliament.

On the same occasion, the President of Fretilin, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, gave statements to all of Fretilin’s militants not to cooperate with or give support to the Alliance government since it is a de facto government not a constitutional government. (TVTL)

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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