Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 3 January 2008

Thursday, 3 January 2008

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PNTL find hand-made pistol

The Interim General Commander of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), Inspector Afonso de Jesus, said that the PNTL has found a hand-made pistol.

"The pistol was found when our officials were informed that weapons were being distributed. When the officers approached the place in question, the suspects ran away and we only got this pistol," said Inspector de Jesus on Wednesday (2/1) in his office.

Inspector de Jesus said that the search for the owner of the pistol is ongoing. (STL)

Ramos-Horta: asking people not to worry about Xanana's government

The President José Ramos-Horta has told people not to worry about the work of the Xanana-led government, since the government has recently made efforts to put together the state budget of 2008 for the benefit of thousands of people in the nation.

The President also said that the international community will continue give its assistance through bilateral relations and private influence.

"Today we are proud of all that is going well, because it is both going well and respects the constitution.

I promise to be the President of the poor.

I have been working together with the new government to execute the state budget for the sake of the poor people, who have been suffering for years," said the president. (STL)

The PNTL is ready to manage stations handed over by UNPol The PNTL is preparing to take over three police stations and their corresponding security responsibilities which will be handed over by the UN Police (UNPol) in the near future.

The General Commander of the PNTL, Inspector Afonso de Jesus, said that the PNTL will have discussions with UNPol concerning the handover.

The three police stations in question are Bairo Pite, Bidau and Mercado Lama, all of which are in Dili district.

Acting UNPol Commissioner Hermanprit Singh said that UNPol will hand over the three stations to the PNTL as planned, and the same will happen for some stations in other districts.

The Acting Commissioner also said that the handover of security responsibility is based upon the success of the certification process and the readiness of the police in question to take over policing duties in each district. (STL)

President Ramos-Horta condemns Bhutto's assassination President (PR) José Ramos-Horta strongly condemned the assassination of former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a rally.

Ramos-Horta described the killing as a brutal act by extremists.

"Bhutto's assassination is an act that should be condemned. With the international community, I condemn these enemies of democracy and freedom. I also give my condolences to the family of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto.

Pakistan is facing considerable challenges, challenges for the future and challenges for peace. It is the time for the politicians, military, and leaders to have the courage to engage in dialogue involving all parts of Pakistan to overcome the situation.

To those Pakistanis who are part of the UN Mission in Timor-Leste, particularly the Formed Police Unit from Pakistan and others, I also give my sympathy," said the president. (TP)

The 2008 state budget is promulgated, and people await its implementation PR José Ramos-Horta said that he promulgated the state budget for 2008 on December 31, 2007, because people are waiting for its immediate implementation.

The President is satisfied that the state budget of US$348.1 was approved after a productive discussion and debate in the National Parliament.

The President also said that the recent government has shown its maturity by incorporating some of the ideas of the strong opposition in implementing the state budget. (DN)

Ramos-Horta: F-FDTL and PNTL should strengthen their unity in 2008 PR José Ramos-Horta is asking the PNTL and the F-FDTL to maintain unity both internally and externally with each other for the sake of the security of the country.

The President also said that if these two institutions do not maintain harmony between one another, then the people and the nation will suffer.

On behalf of the Timorese people, PR Ramos-Horta also gave his gratitude to the UN Mission in Timor-Leste for its assistance during the military crisis in 2006. (DN)

2008: the problems of the IDPs, Alfredo and the petitioners should be solved PR José Ramos-Horta said that in 2008, all constituent parts of the country - president, parliament, judiciary and civil society - should make immediate efforts to solve the problems of the petitioners, Alfredo and the IDPs.

The President also said that as part of the priority to reconstruct the PNTL and the defence forces, the security and defence sectors will be a target of reform in 2008. (DN)

The Alliance Government has so far been ruling well The assessment of the Xanana-led Government by all other political parties indicates that the Government did well in 2007.

"We, Fretilin, see that from July 2006 to August 2007, the nation was trying to recover after the 2006 crisis. The three elections were conducted peacefully," said former Prime Minister Estanislau da Silva of Fretilin.

"The people of this country have been facing many problems, such as the security situation, the IDPs and other problems that directly impact upon development. However, the current government with its good work in 2007 has made a good contribution to the nation," said Fernanda Dias of Social Democratic Party (PSD).

Finally, Jose Manuel Carrascalão from ASDT said that in 2007, 80% of the ministries handled their duties in an effective manner. (DN)

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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