Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 12 September 2007

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

Wednesday, 12 September 2007


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National Media Reports

The state to end the warrant to capture Alfredo Reinado

The state will consult with the president of the court of appeal, Claudio Ximenes, to find a solution with regards to the warrant to capture Alfredo Reinado Alves.

Speaking to the journalists after the High Level meeting on Tuesday (11/9), Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that they are waiting for Mr. Claudio Ximenes who is presently on leave.

"When he comes back, we will look at the warrant for the capture of Mr. Reinado," said Mr. Gusmão.

He added that the state should talk to the organs of the state, since the state should not intervene directly in the judicial process.

He said that the task force has been established and is composed of the secretary of state for defence and representatives from other organs which have an interest in solving the problem. (TP)

New Zealand to train F-FDTL

The Commander of the New Zealand Forces in Timor-Leste, Lieutenant-General Jerry Mateparae, held a meeting with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and the Secretary of State for Defence, Julio Thomas Pinto, on Tuesday (11/9) to discuss improving the capacity of the F-FDTL's members through military training.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr. Julio Thomas Pinto said that New Zealand wants to cooperate with Timor-Leste in defence.

"New Zealand will help Timor-Leste, particularly in the defence sector," said Mr. Pinto.

He added that Mr. Jerry also informed them that New Zealand is ready to share their experience of military development and is ready to help prepare the training for the members of F-FDTL. (TP and DN)

President of court of appeal backing the CPLP's judges

The Timorese lawyer Benevides Correia Barros suggested that president of the court of appeal Mr. Claudino Ximenes should take a step back following some cases in which the judges of Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP) intervened.

Mr. Correia stated that as the president of the court, Mr. Ximenes should send back such judges when their duties come to an end.

"Mr. Ximenes should not constantly defend them in this country and extend their contracts," said Mr. Correia on Tuesday (11/9).

He added that CPLP judges could work instead in Timor-Leste as advisors and not intervene directly in such cases. (TP)

Prime Minister Xanana to lead the "Task Force" dialogue with Alfredo

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that the 'Task Force' established by the government will hold a dialogue with Alfredo Reinado Alves and his followers.

He stated that the 'Task Force' will be led other members of the government, such as the State Secretary of the Defence.

Speaking to the journalists after the High Level Meeting on Tuesday (11/9) in the Presidential Palace in Caicoli, Mr. Gusmão said that the ‘Task Force' has been formed to engage in dialogue with Mr. Reinado Alves ­ it is however on hold until the president of the court of appeal, Mr. Claudio Ximenes, returns from leave. (DN)

Benevides Barros: "Alfredo wants to be judged by the Norwegian judge"

The lawyer of Alfredo Reinado Alves, Benevides Correia Barros, reportedly said that after the dialogue, his client Reinado wants to be judged by the Norwegian judges, and that Reinado himself totally rejects the judges from Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP).

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday (11/9) in Hotel Timor, Mr. Barros said that Mr. Reinado rejects the possibility that the judges from CPLP should preside over his case, because the CPLP's judges went against the decision of President José Ramos-Horta to officially halt the operation on 19 June 2007.

Mr. Correia added that Mr. Reinado holds the competency of President Horta in highest regard. (DN)

Today the government discusses methods for the dialogue with Alfredo According to the agenda of the government, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão will lead a ministerial meeting to discuss the available methods of dialogue between Alfredo Reinado Alves and the government to find the best solution.

Speaking to the journalists on Tuesday (11/9) in his office, Mr. Julio Thomas Pinto said that there is enough good will to solve Reinado's case.

"The location will be prepared by the Prime Minister and the National Unity Movement for Justice (MUNJ)," said Mr. Pinto. (STL)

International Media Reports

UN calls for end to E Timor violence

Radio ABC Australia

Last Updated 11/09/2007, 20:34:44

The United Nations Security Council has called for an end to political violence in East Timor.

It emphasized the need for all parties to resolve disputes through peaceful means, in the framework of democratic institutions.

Last month; President Jose Ramos-Horta appointed a coalition led by Xanana Gusmao after no single party won a majority in a June 30 parliamentary election.

The move triggered violent protests by supporters of the Fretilin party, which had won the most votes in the June election, but not the majority needed to form government.

Alkatiri visits PKS headquarters

12 September 2007

The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA: Secretary General of Timor Leste's Fretilin Party Mari Alkatiri visited the Prosperous and Justice Party (PKS) headquarters Monday in an attempt to foster relationships between the two parties.

"We intend to build a close relationship with many parties in Indonesia and we want to show the Timor Leste community that we are able to overcome a crisis and return to normal life," Alkatiri told

The former East Timorese premier was welcomed by PKS chairman Tifatul Sembiring and was accompanied by five Fretilin members.

Alkatiri is scheduled Tuesday to attend a general lecture at the Center for Dialog and Corporation among Civilizations. -- JP

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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