Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 10 January 2008

Thursday, 10 January 2008

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National Media Reports

TVTL news coverage

President (Pr) Ramos-Horta visits Quelicai and Baguia sub-districts in Baucau goes well: The official visit of President Ramos-Horta to Quelicai and Baguia took place without any major problems.

The people in the sub-districts welcomed the president, who went to the eastern districts to explain his decision to form the new government.

Police keep three women in detention for the sale of drugs: The Interim General Commander of PNTL, Alfonso de Jesus, announced that the three women from Indonesia who were captured at the border as they brought illegal drugs into Timor-Leste are still in detention.

Commander Afonso de Jesus said that the case of the three detained women will be investigated.

Mr. de Jesus said that the investigation will attempt to identify the type of drug that they brought into Timor-Leste.

The drugs will be sent to Australia for analysis.

RTL news coverage Houses and plants destroyed in Zumalai sub-district, Covalima: Fifteen houses have been destroyed by heavy rainfall and storms in Lepo village, Zumalai, Covalima. Felix Barros, the chief of the village, said that most of the houses and much of the flora in the village were destroyed by the storm.

Director of HABURAS claims that Timor-Leste's climate is feeling the effects of climate change. (headline only)

ISF setting up transmitters on Matebian: The International Security Forces (ISF) have been setting up transmitters on Matebian mountain to facilitate their communication needs in Timor-Leste.

With regards to the worries expressed about the presence of the ISF in Matebian by a FRETILIN member of parliament, the Commander of the ISF, John Hutcheson, said that the ISF has communication difficulties, especially where there are hills, so it needs transmitters to improve transmission of communications.

"We sent some of our people to Matebian to set up transmitters to facilitate communication between Baucau and Viqueque, because there are no Timor Telecom transmitters placed there," said Commander Hutcheson.

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PR Ramos-Horta: "There's only one army"

Answering the concerns of many people about the military uniforms used by Alfredo and his movement, President (PR) Jose Ramos-Horta said on his official visit to Quelicai sub-district, Baucau, that there is only one army in Timor-Leste: the Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) under the leadership of Brigadier Taur Matan-Ruak, which is respected by the world.

"There is only one army in this country and it is based in Tasi Tolu, Metinaro and Baucau, led by Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak, with the Chief-of-Staff Lere Anan Timur and Deputy Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant Falur," said the president on Tuesday (8/1) in Quelicai, Baucau. (DN)

"Xanana is the author of crisis": evidence needed The Member of the National Parliament (NP) from CNRT, Eduardo Barreto, said that people should not accuse Xanana Gusmao of being the author of the crisis when there is no evidence; just claims made by Alfredo.

Mr. Barreto said that if Prime Minister Xanana is the author of the crisis, he should submit himself to justice.

"If there were no Xanana, then there would have been no independence for Timor-Leste. We do reject claims that Xanana is a liar. We, the resistance, will stand behind Xanana to defend everyone's dignity," said Mr. Barreto in the NP, Dili. (DN and TP)

Rogerio Lobato: needs 8 more months for medical treatment Minister of Justice Lucia Lobato said that Rogerio Lobato will have eight more months for his medical treatment in Malaysia. (DN and TP)

Ramos-Horta: strong opposition important when executing the state budget PR Jose Ramos-Horta said that Fretilin makes for a strong opposition in the NP with its fiscal policy experience, and this will help the Alliance government execute the state budget appropriately.

"Fretilin makes the Alliance government sweat, because its NP members have experience of fiscal policy and state budgets and that is important to the nation and democracy," said PR Ramos-Horta in his official visit to Quelicai, Baucau. (DN)

MUNJ resignation from the Task Force: has impact on the process of dialogue Adriano Nascimento, a member of the NP from the Democratic Party (PD), said that the resignation of the Youth Movement of National Unity (MUNJ) from the Task Force will effect the process of dialogue between the government, Alfredo Reinado and the petitioners.

"I think this resignation is very dangerous for the Task Force and the process of dialogue.

The current government may have good intentions, but if the problems are not solved then there will be instability in the country," said Mr. Nascimento on Wednesday (9/1) in NP, Dili.

According to Mr. Nascimento, it is time for the younger generations to lead the nation, as the old leaders are no longer capable of solving the nation's problems, as demonstrated by MUNJ's withdrawal. (TP and DN)

PNTL Task Force reactivated: Dili in calm The NP member from CNRT, Aderito Hugo, said that the reactivation of the PNTL Task Force has pleased people in Dili as they can now live more peacefully.

All people are proud of the Commander of the Task Force in Dili District for his leadership in providing security to people in Dili 24 hours a day.

"I offer my gratitude to Commander Pedro Belo for his leadership. He has made Dili peaceful" said Albertino in Dili Seaport. (DN)

AFP to provide 50 vehicles to the PNTL PR Ramos-Horta said that the 50 vehicles which are used by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Timor-Leste will be handed over to the PNTL to facilitate its work.

PR Ramos-Horta said that on Sunday (6/1) he held a meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, to ask that the vehicles of the AFP be transferred to the PNTL.

"On Sunday I had a meeting with SRSG Atul Khare to see how UNPol could help build the capacity of the PNTL, by methods such as transferring the 50 vehicles of the AFP to the PNTL," said the president in his official visit to Baguia, Baucau, on Monday (7/1). (DN)

Alfredo's lawyer: asking that the head of the Task Force be replaced The lawyer of Alfredo Reinado, Benevides Correia Barros, is insisting that the government replace the Head of the Task Force for Alfredo's case, Secretary State for Security Francisco Guterres, to move the process forward.

"I think he should be replaced to allow the process to move forward," said Mr. Barros on Wednesday (9/1) in the Palacio da Cinzas-Caicoli, Dili.

According to Mr. Barros, the Head of the Task Force is the one who is impeding the process of solving the petitioners' and Alfredo Reinado's problem. (STL)

Alfredo's case is on ASEAN's agenda The Minister for Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano da Costa said that the problem of Alfredo Reinado is a stability concern of the South East Asian Nations.

"Every discussion that concerns stability will be of concern to AESAN, including the case of Alfredo Reinado, which is now on their agenda," said Minister Albano on Tuesday (8/1) in the Government Palace, Dili. (STL)

International Media Reports

No coverage of Timor-Leste

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanário Nacional (SN) Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL) Tempo Semanal (TS)

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