Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 26 November 2007

Monday, 26 November 2007

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Government asks Alfredo not to enflame the situation The Alliance government is asking Alfredo Reinado, the former Commander of the Military Police, not to make people panic.

"We should remain calm, let" just sit and talk. We should not frighten people. I know Alfredo and Salsinha understand this.

The government must face the problem and solve it, but we have to sit and talk about it," said the State Secretary for Security, who is also the Spokesperson of the Task Force, on Friday (23/11) in Hera. (STL)

European Commission to give E.Timor $63m in aid DILI, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The European Union will give impoverished East Timor about $100 million in rural development aid next year, the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Saturday after meeting Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

The EU executive chief signed an agreement to provide 15 million euros for rural development and told a news conference that a further $100 million would be given in 2008.

The European Commission will establish a permanent representative in East Timor to promote closer relations, Barroso said. During his two-day trip to East Timor, he will visit the parliament and also meet opposition leader Mari Alkatiri. (STL and TP)

Julio Pinto: F-FDTL has made progress On the occasion of the promotion of 203 members of Defence Force of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) in Hera on Friday (23/11), the State Secretary of Defence, Julio Thomas Pinto, stated that the promotions showed the progress of the institution. (STL)

President Ramos-Horta: Military parades never solve any problems

President José Ramos-Horta asked Alfredo and the petitioners whether military parades will solve their problems.

"If Major Alfredo and the petitioners want to win over the people then they should stay calm. Do not mess around and make people panic," said the president upon his arrival at Comoro Airport on Friday (23/11).

According to the president, military parades are only performed by army forces in their barracks when the government sees fit – and cannot be performed by any group that wants to. (STL)

F-FDTL should uphold universal military values to win over the people

The State Secretary of Defence, Julio Thomas Pinto, stated that the F-FDTL should involve itself in the process of nation-building to win over the people.

According to Mr. Pinto, the military has to have military spirit, an "esprit de corps", and help establish national unity. (TP)

MONALPON is planning to bring down the Alliance Gov.

The Movement of Maubere People for Liberation (MONALPOM) is planning to organise and mobilise its supporters through out the country to bring down the current government.

The Coordinator of MONALPOM, Carlito 'Sanamia' Soares, said that MONALPOM will force the president to conduct a snap election to re-establish democracy in the country.

"We will always consider the current government as unconstitutional, because of the decision made by the President," said Mr. Sanamia on Friday (23/11) in Comoro. (TP)

PR Ramos-Horta: Those who have been involved in crime will not come back to the barracks

President Jose Ramos-Horta said Alfredo would better spend his time thinking of how to explain to the courts his attack on the F-FDTL in Fatuahi rather than conducting military parades.

The president also said that those petitioners who have been involved in crime should not dream that they will ever be able to come back to the barracks. (DN)

ISF provides no security for Alfredo and the petitioners The Commander of International Security Forces (ISF), Brigadier General John Hutchison, said that ISF is not going to provide security for Alfredo and his groups in Gleno, Ermera District.

"We are not providing any security to Alfredo and the petitioners in Gleno, Ermera since it is the responsibility of the Task Force formed by the government.

Our mission this country does not involve anything political – we simply provide assistance to all Timorese by guaranteeing the security of the country," said Brigadier Hutchison. (DN)

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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