Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 19 September 2007

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

Wednesday, 19 September 2007


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National Media Reports

Carrascalao: the Alliance government will serve for 5 years

MPs from Fretilin said that they will not contribute to the Xanana-led Alliance government.

"We are in the parliament working on our duties. The government does its job. We have nothing to do with them," said Mr. Estanislau da Silva.

Mr. da Silva said that Fretilin objects the government's programs because they have no clear vision for the country.

Mr. Mario Carrascalao, MP from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), said that the programs have been approved and the government will serve for the next five years. “The people will see the results from the work of the Alliance government; they will have a better life” said Mr. Carrascalao. (STL)

Arresting Gaspar da Costa is procedural

The Secretary of State for Security, Mr. Francisco Guterres, said that the arrest of Mr. Gaspar da Costa followed proper procedures as they had a warrant. The warrant issued by the court mandated the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) in the eastern districts to arrest PNTL members who were involved in burning houses in Watulari, Viqueque District.

"The police has been arresting members of the Viqueque police force that were involved in burning more than 300 houses. I have the warrant and you can confirm it directly with the Prosecutor General and the court," said Mr. Guterres. (STL)

Benevides: "I will not leave my client"

Alfredo Reinado's lawyer, Mr. Benevides Barros Correia, said that he has no plans to give the case to other lawyers and confirmed that he will defend his client.

"I deny the reports saying that I will offer Alfredo's case to other lawyers. I will not abandon this case," Mr. Correia. (TP)

Zacarias to explain the situation in Timor-Leste to United Nations

The Minister of Foreign Affairs explained that the goal of his visit to the United Nations is to meet with all the UN members and explain the situation in Timor-Leste. The United Nations has the right to know the political situation of the country.

In addition, Mr. Zacarias said that during his visit, he would also like to meet members of the General Assembly, Ambassadors, the SRSG and representatives from ESCAP to discuss the extension of UN assistance in Timor-Leste. (TP)

International Media Reports

Japan buys LPG from ConocoPhillips' Bayu-Undan Filed from Singapore 9/18/2007 4:51:15 AM GMT

JAPAN/EAST TIMOR: Japan's Idemitsu Kosan Co. and Mitsubishi Corp. have agreed to purchase liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the ConocoPhillips-operated Bayu-Undan gas field located 250 kilometers (155 miles) off southern East Timor.

Astomos Energy Corp., the 51/49 joint venture between Idemitsu and Mitsubishi, will be the first Japanese LPG wholesaler to purchase LPG from the Bayu-Undan field.

The deal will see the supply of 1.2 million tons (1.09 million tones) of LPG over a one-year period and will include options for extensions through 2009 and beyond. The purchase of LPG from Bayu-Undan will reduce the Japanese LPG wholesaler's annual imports from the Middle East from 80 percent to 55 percent.

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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