Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 17 September 2007

Monday, 17 September 2007


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National Media Reports

Xanana: "I have given my apology"

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said that he has apologized to the Timorese people – especially those in the East - for his televised speech on March 13 2006.

In his speech on TVTL on 13 March 2006, Mr. Xanana Gusmao, who was the President of the republic at that time, unintentionally said that the people from Manatuto to Oecusse were products of militias who instigated sporadic violence throughout Dili and caused thousands of people to flee their homes -- and these people are still IDPs today.

In response to Mr. Xanana's statement, Fretilin's Secretary-General, Mr. Mari Alkatiri said that it is too late for the Prime Minister to apologize. He should go to court for using illegal forces to kill people in Same.

According to Mr. Alkatiri, the presence of the Australian forces should be considered illegal as the agreement has not yet been ratified. (DN)

NP approves Alliance government's program; Fretilin opposes decision

The National Parliament approved the new government's development programme for the fiscal period of 2007/2008.

Fretilin opposed the Parliament's decision and rejected the government's programme saying that it did not have any substance and it was unconstitutional.

In his statement, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said that the approved programme must be implemented and carried out properly for the development of the country. (TP)

Solving Alfredo case necessary for stability

The Parish priest of Suai, Father Natalino Sousa Gama, said that stability and security will only come after the issue of Alfredo and the petitioners is solved.

Father Natalino asked the government to not only make promises but to implement what they promise. (TP)

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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