Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 26 September 2007

Wednesday, 26 September 2007 UNMIT ­ MEDIA MONITORING<

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UN rejects amnesty for criminals, says Jose Luis Guterres

Vice Prime Minister José Luis Guterres said that the UN does not disagree with the Truth and Friendship Commission (CTF); the UN just disagrees with some articles of the CTF that talk about amnesty, because criminals have to submit themselves to justice.

"I saw their statements which said that they do not agree with the article concerning amnesty, but it is the position of the UN that the CTF is a bilateral thing between Timor-Leste and Indonesia, and that seeking the truth is part of justice," said Mr. Guterres. (DN)

UN medal award for the members of the Chinese police

Ten UNPol contingents from China who joined the UN mission in Timor-Leste were awarded medals from UN.

The medal ceremony held in the Embassy of China in Farol, Dili, was attended by the Acting SRSG, Eric Tan, and the UNPol Commissary Rodolfo Tor.

In his speech, Ambassador Su Jian said that from 1999 until now China has deployed 300 police across the country.

"The UN recognizes and awards medals to these ten police officers for their good work in the area of security in 13 districts," said Rodolfo Tor, the UNPol Commissioner.

"During hard times, China has never closed its eyes to the people of Timor-Leste since 1999 - the medals for the ten police are recognition of this hard work," said the Acting SRSG Eric Tan. (DN)

Nelson Correia: Fretilin's position not destructive

Nelson Correia, MP from Social Democratic Party (PSD), said that the position of Fretilin insisting that the Alliance government is unconstitutional and illegitimate is not a destructive statement, but constructive.

According to Mr. Correia, the statement of Fretilin is a warning for the Alliance government that they should work better than the previous government.

Furthermore, Mr. Correia said that is not so important who governs this country; the important thing is to normalize the situation and see that the East Timor does not belong to the Alliance or Fretilin. (DN)

Julio Thomas Pinto: it's the decision of the parliament to send back ISF or not

The State Secretary for Defence, Julio Thomas Pinto said that the decision to send back the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) should be the decision of the national parliament following approval by MPs.

'I think any withdrawal of the ISF from Timor-Leste is for national parliament or for other sovereignty organs of the state to decide," said Mr. Pinto.

The secretary of state also said that at the present the ISF is working on good relations with F-FDTL by providing training to help professionalise the Timorese Defence Force. (DN)

David Dias: Alfredo has the right to choose place of his cantonment

David Dias Ximenes, MP from Fretilin, said that Alfredo has the right to choose the place for his cantonment, such as Ossu sub-district of Viqueque district.

"I only need to say that as a citizen of the country he has the right to choose a place of cantonment for the dialogue. But given his status now, he has no freedom to choose a place of cantonment; his status for the present is that he should responsible to the law," said Mr. Dias Ximenes.

According to Mr. Dias, as a prisoner used to finding his way out of prison, Alfredo should take accept the place of cantonment as that determined by the government, whether Ermera or Suai. (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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