Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 16 January 2008

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

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TVTL news coverage

The ISF will not arrest Alfredo Reinado: The Commander of the International Stabilization Forces (ISF), Brigadier General, John Hutcheson, said they will not carry out the arrest warrant issued by the court to capture rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado Alves and his followers.

The commander said they will not implement the arrest warrant issued by the court because they do not want intervene in the internal problems of the country.

Hutcheson made the comments yesterday during a press conference held at the ISF base in Caicoli, Dili.

RTL news coverage 70 victims natural disaster in Lautem have no emergency assistance: Seventy victims of natural disaster in Lautem, namely heavy rainfall and storms over the last week, have not yet received any emergency assistance from the government.

The Social officer of Lautem district has been gathering data on the victims, yet still no emergency assistance has arrived.

President Ramos-Horta asked all of the stakeholders in the country to watch out as the peace is not stable: President Ramos-Horta asked the different bodies that make up the country to watch out as the peace is not stable.

President Ramos-Horta said that the instability comes from fragile institutions and the lingering effects of the violence of the crisis.

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ISF sends soldiers to Suai; not a show of force The Commander of the International Security Forces (ISF) in Timor-Leste - John Hutchison - said that he has sent soldiers to Suai, Covalima district, to provide security; in western and eastern parts of the country.

Brigadier Hutchison said that the people in Suai had been informed prior to the deployment and added that the ISF is trying to contribute to development in the communities.

Brigadier Hutchison also said that since the security situation of the country as a whole has been calm, it is now important to encourage peace in the communities. (STL)

Timor-Leste still needs the UN Mission

The President of the Millenium Democratic Party and the Spokesperson of the Progressive Democratic League, Hermenegildo "Kupa", said that the presence of the United Nations (UN) is still needed even though its mandate will end in February 2008.

"I think this nation still needs the UN mission, UNMIT, to continue its mission in Timor-Leste.

Their presence is needed in the case of Alfredo and the petitioners. We would not be able to solve the problem without their presence in the country if the dialogue were to end in deadlock.

We do need a UN presence, but we also need to know what the mission's goals are, it shouldn't just be extended," said Mr. 'Kupa' on Tuesday (15/1) in Hotel Timor, Dili. (STL)

Borges: Horta-Alfredo dialogue is constitutional

The Member of the National Parliament from the National Unity Party (PUN) Fernanda Borges said that the position of President (PR) José Ramos-Horta to build dialogue with Alfredo Reinado and his groups is constitutional.

"Based on the constitution, the PR is obliged to stabilize the situation of the country. Since Alfredo's case is about national stability, the PR has the right to intervene," said Ms. Borges on Tuesday (15/1) in the NP, Dili. (STL)

SRSG Atul Khare asks CNE to improve its technical work

Before working on elections for local chiefs this year, the Special Representative of Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste and the head of UNMIT, Atul Khare, advised the National Commission of Elections (CNE) to improve its technical work.

"In my opinion, there are no successful elections in the world which are prepared in a short space of time… The elections went peacefully and were free and fair, because of the contribution of CNE and others, including political leaders. In comparison with other nations, the contribution of every part of the country guaranteed the quality of the elections in Timor-Leste.

You could say that CNE's success made the UN proud of Timor-Leste," said the SRSG Atul Khare on Tuesday (15/1) at the ceremony launching CNE's book in Hotel Timor, Dili.

This year Timor-Leste will hold elections for local chiefs and UNMIT has identified who they will provide to support CNE in the coming elections. (STL and TP)

AMP: asks Alfredo to bring Xanana's case to court

A Member of the NP from the Alliance asked Alfredo Reinado to go to court and present his evidence that former President Xanana Gusmão is author of the 2006 crisis.

MP Cecilio Caminha from CNRT said that as a representative of the people, he is asking Alfredo to provide evidence to back up accusations made against Xanana Gusmao in his video and elsewhere.

"100% I am provoking Alfredo. I am provoking him to come to court to present the evidence that he has. Better to declare it court than just shout and confuse people. I am not standing up for Xanana, but I don't want CNRT's name spoiled," said Mr. Caminha in the NP, Dili. (TP)

Xanana: "If there's instability in TL, we will arrest the media"

Prime Minister (PM) Xanana Gusmão threatened that he would arrest the media if instability occurs in the country.

PM Xanana asked the media to work responsibly based on the prevailing atmosphere.

"You are responsible for the atmosphere in the country, whether it feels stable or unstable…you used too visit Alfredo, and you would close your eyes to others. That is why, if there is instability, in this country, we will arrest you," said PM Xanana on Tuesday (15/1) in the Ministry of Solidarity in Caicoli, Dili.

The PM asked the media to be professional and to cross-check its information before disseminating it to the public. (TP and DN)

Commander Hutchison: "Only the Government can explain the Court decision on Alfredo" The Commander of the International Security Forces (ISF) in Timor-Leste, John Hutchison said that the ISF mission in Timor-Leste will not involve itself in all the problems being faced by the country, but will follow the correct processes to guarantee the security and stability of Timor-Leste.

Commander Hutchison also said that ISF mission should do its job as requested by the government of Timor-Leste, and that it has a commitment to maintaining stability in the country. (DN)

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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