Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 18 September 2007

Tuesday, 18 September 2007


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National Media Reports

Nino Pereira: the Alliance government is constitutional The Spokesperson of the Alliance Youth, Nino Pereira, said that the Xanana-led government is constitutional, legitimate and legal based on Art. 106 of the Timorese Constitution.

Mr. Pereira said that the Alliance Youth is unhappy with political leaders who continue to say that the Alliance government is unconstitutional or that it is a de facto government.

"These kinds of statements, without a proper explanation of what they mean, do not help in educating the people," said Mr. Pereira. (DN)

Police to provide security at the airport The acting Commander of PNTL, Afonso de Jesus, said that the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) and UNPol will provide security at the airport as some public servants and people do not feel secure in the area. (DN)

ISF and F-FDTL conduct joint operation in Lospalos The Commander of the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) in Timor-Leste, Cpl Ben Sanders said that the ISF conducts joint operations with the F-FDTL in Lautem District to maintain peace and stability for the local community.

Furthermore, Mr. Sanders explained that the ISF is present in Lospalos to assist and reconstruct the F-FDTL. (DN)

No Xanana, no independence The MP from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mr. Riak Leman, asked the political leaders to respect Xanana. He said that without Xanana, Timor-Leste would not be independent.

"Even though there is Lu-Olo, Konis Santana, Mau-Hunu, Mau-Hudu, Mau-Laka and others, our teacher is still Xanana," said Mr. Riak Leman.

In response to Mr. Leman's statement, the MP from Fretilin, David Dias Ximenes said "We all agree that Xanana is a veteran. Alkatiri is also a veteran. Nicolau Lobato and Ramos Horta, are the second generation – just like Xanana."

"I used to criticize Xanana, but that did not mean that I did not respect him," said Mr. David Dias. (DN and STL)

Alfredo's case sets bad precedent for justice The MP from Fretilin, Arsenio Bano, said that the dialogue between the state and Alfredo will set a bad precedent for the justice system. The mandate was to capture Alfredo and now he wants to have a dialogue.

"This means that others could request a dialogue even after they commit a crime," said Mr. Bano.

Mr. Bano also urged the government to clarify the Alfredo case – whetther this is a political or criminal case. (STL)

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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