|Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 04
Tuesday, 04 September 2007
UNMIT – MEDIA MONITORING
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National Media Reports
PNTL attacked; Alkatiri strongly condemns the criminal acts
Two members of PNTL were reportedly attacked on Sunday (02/9) by unidentified people with knives and machetes in the sub-village of Ariana, sub-district Venilale, Baucau district.
The SRSG in Timor-Leste, Mr. Atul Khare said that no injuries resulted from the incident as the PNTL members defended themselves by firing two warning shots to disperse a group of 50 people.
Mr. Khare denied reports that shots were directed to the group. He said that the GNR also responded to the incident; however they did not manage to identify anyone in possession of weapons.
"GNR managed to help the two PNTL members of in the scene," said Mr. Khare at a press conference on Monday (03/9) at the UNMIT HQ in Dili.
Mr. Atul also informed that the Secretary-General of the Fretilin party, Mr. Mari Alkatiri condemned the criminal acts and violence that broke out in the eastern part of the country and called on UNPol to take the necessary measures. (TP)
Lasama: do not use private interests to say that ISF is illegal
The NP President, Mr. Fernando de Araujo Lasama defended the presence of the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) in Timor-Leste; he said that it was a legal decision made through the signing of an accord.
Mr. Lasama urged not to use private interests to say that the ISF presence in the country is illegal.
"I think all of us should be realistic and not mix reality with our private interests. It is publicly known to all the Timorese people that the ISF was officially invited by the former Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri, the former President of the Parliament, Mr. Francisco Guterres and the former President, Mr. Kayrala Xanana Gusmão.
Furthermore, he explained that the decision on the extension of the ISF mandate will depend on the security situation in the country. (TP)
UNMIT approves of dialogue with Alfredo
SRSG Atul Khare said that the best way to deal with the case of Alfredo Reinado Alves is through peaceful means.
Speaking to journalists on Monday (03/9) at the UNMIT weekly press conference held in Dili, Mr. Khare said that Mr. Reinado should submit himself (and his weapons) to justice. (TP)
PNTL ready to take back its role when screening process ends
The interim commander on PNTL, Mr. Afonso de Jesus said that the PNTL is ready to take on its responsibilities.
"We are ready to take back our role as the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) – to providde security and community support.
The PNTL screening process is ongoing but some PNTL officers are already on duty. (TP)
CNRT pushing to audit Fretilin
The MP from CNRT, Mr. Aderito Hugo asked the government to perform an audit on the financial transactions made by the Fretilin-led government.
"The previous government has been replaced but an audit is needed in order to know what they did during those five years," said Mr. Hugo on Monday (3/9) at the national parliament. (STL)
PNTL reform, UN to assist Timor-Leste
SRSG Atul Khare said that the UN will assist the government of Timor-Leste in reforming the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) in order to have a professional and credible force.
"The UN in Timor-Leste will assist the government of Timor-Leste to reform PNTL," said Mr. Atul Khare at a press conference on Monday (3/9) at Obrigado Barracks, Dili. (DN)
International Media Reports
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)