Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 18 October 2007

Thursday, 18 October 2007


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National Media Reports

Alkatiri: Xanana Did Conspiracy to Tackle Down Fretilin Government

The Fretilin Secretary-General Mari Alkatiri has alleged the former President of the Republic Xanana Gusmao  was actively involved in a political conspiracy to depose the Fretilin Government in 2006.

"The conspiracy also involes the former Chief of the Presidential Office who was recorded in a  Timor Telecom conversation.

Don?t hide your involvement and don?t accuse others,' said Mr. Mari Alkatiri. (STL)

Fretilin has Defamed Longuinhos
The Prosecutor General of the  Republic, Mr. Longuinhos Monteiro has stated that although Fretilin has defamed him, he will not take political action but he may take legal action.

"Fretilin's public statements about my involvement in a phone conversation are defamatory.

I have a right to reclaim my good name through legal procedures." said Mr. Longuinhos. (STL)

UNPOL Officer Not Allowed to Testify in Court

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste will not allow a former UNPOL officers testify as a witness in case before the Dili District Court in relation to the events of  25 May 2006.

"The absence of UNPOL officers as key witnesses in court could hinder the judicial process for this serious case.

It means that the UN has showed no political will to comply with recommendation sof Independent Special Commission of Inquiry published on October 2006," said Timotio De Deus, Director of Judicial System Monitoring Programme. (STL)

International Security Forces Reject Fretilin Allegation

ISF has rejected a statement from the Fretilin Party accusing the ISF of hitting and torturing two people in Dili on  Sunday night.

ISF Commander, Mr. John Hutcheson, asked for local media to confirm first with ISF before publicising such claims.

He said the accusation is not true and that the ISF presence in East Timor is to secure East Timorese people to allow them to resolve problems and differences. (STL)

Alkatiri Believes Xanana behind the tapping of phone conversation

The Secretary General of the Fretilin Party, Mari Alkatiri has stated that he believes the former President,  Xanana Gusm?, was behind the phone tapping of a conversation between the Prosecutor General Longuinhos Monteiro and the former member of parliament Leandro Isac and  government staffer, Agio Pereira.

?I believe that through Agio Pereira, who was part of the conversation, Xanana will have to face justice. As a President, he has always the knowledge of everything that Agio does?, Said Alkatiri. (TP)

Horta Ready to Have the Debate about the Presence of ISF

The President Jose Ramos Horta, is ready to have debate on the presence of International Security Forces in the country.

"I am ready to go to the Parliament because the presence of the ISF should be with the consent of the Parliament." said the President on Wednesday. (TP)

UNPOL Presence Gives Difficulty for PNTL?s Action

Timor Leste National Police (PNTL) is concerned about UNPol , which at times is complicating their policing tasks.

"It is very difficult because everything is under an Agreement that states we need to go through a screening process and then continue work within a mentoring process.

This creates difficulties within our jobs," said Inspector Afonso de Jesus at his office yesterday. (TP)

Government Should Promote the Local Product

The NGO HASATIL together with other national NGOs? and agricultural students have staged a peaceful protest in front of parliament requesting the Government to promote local products to reduce poverty.

According to organiser Arsenio Pereira da Silva, their objective is to diminish poverty in Timor- Leste through stimulating national products. (TP)

Giving subsidy for the Petitioners according to the policy of old government

The Government's plan pay a pension to the Petitioners will be administered by the Ministry of Social Solidarity, but will be paid according to old government policy.

"We would like to pay the subsidy according to the old government policy. But we would also like to say that there is no change in the total amount of the subsidy," said the Minister of Social Solidarity, Maria Domingas Alves. (TP)

Too Early for the ISF  to leave

The President of the Republic, Jos?Ramos-Horta, said there is no hurry to ask the ISF to return home because their presence is still needed until the reformation of the security sector.

He also added that if the Fretilin party would like ISF to go, then they should argue this in the parliament because the parliament is the only entity able to legalise it. (DN)

No Law to Prohibit Prosecutor General?s Private conversations

The Prosecutor General, Longuinhos Monteiro, said Fretilin is engaging in cheap propaganda because there is no law against private phone conversations.

"I see that the publication which is done by the FRETILIN leaders serves as a defamation for my credibility and to have concern on my private life which protected by the constitution". (DN)

National Parliament Should Ratify ISF Mandate

The Chief of the ASDT Party in the National Parliament, Mr. Jose Manuel Carascalao stated that National Parliament should ratify the ISF mandate in order to give it legal force.

"The ASDT is ready to support the presence of the  ISF in East Timor," said Mr. Jose Manuel Carascalao. (DN)

Timor Post (TP)
Radio Timor-Leste (RTL)
Suara Timor Lorosae (STL)
Diario Tempo (DT)
Diario Nacional (DN)
Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)


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