Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 18 January 2008

Friday, 18 January 2008

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Reinado asks the Supreme Commander to set up a new commission to replace the Task Force team: Fugitive rebel leader Alfredo Reinado Alves has asked President Jose Ramos Horta, who is also the Timorese Defense Force Supreme Commander, to set up a new commission to replace the Task Force set up by the Government.

Reinado and the petitioners' spokesperson, Gastao Salsinha, made the request after they were not able to meet with President Jose Ramos Horta in Suai yesterday.

Reinado and Salsinha said the Task Force set up by the Government is not able to resolve their problems, because they work for political interests.

They said only the Supreme Commander is able to resolve their problems, not the Government.

Reinado said that if the state considers them civilians, they will form a new military force in this country.

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Ramos-Horta: "The Deadline for solving Alfredo and the petitioners' case is May"

President (PR) José Ramos-Horta said that May 2008 is the deadline for solving Alfredo and the petitioners' problems.

"It is not definitive yet, but all parties should be prepared to work on this from now until May," said PR Ramos-Horta on Thursday (17/1). (DN)

Finn Reske-Nielsen: "UN congratulates PNTL for arresting 73 people"

Deputy Special Representative of Secretary-General (DSRSG) in Timor-Leste Finn Reske-Nielsen congratulated the police who captured 73 people alleged to be involved in prostitution and drugs in five bars in Dili on Tuesday (15/1) night.

DSRSG Finn explained that the arrests were made because the alleged activities have a negative effect upon the country. (DN)

'Operation Lafaek': good for the future of our youth

Member of the National Parliament (NP), Duarte Nunes, said that the NP supports the capture of 73 people in 5 bars in Dili by Dili PNTL as a positive step for the future of Timorese youth.

"We all know that people whose intentions are bad destroy the future of the younger generation and give the country a bad name. So, the NP gives its support to the operation of the PNTL," said Mr. Nunes in the NP on Thursday (17/1) in Dili. (DN)

Arsenio: "the President shouldn't try to gag Alfredo"

Vice President of Fretilin and Member of NP Arsenio Bano said that Fretilin are pressuring PR Ramos-Horta to release publicly his discussion with Alfredo Reinado so that the public are informed, otherwise he is gagging Reinado and compromising the truth.

"There should be the truth. If Alfredo said that Xanana is the author of 2006 crisis, let Alfredo tell the truth and Xanana should then justify himself," said Mr. Bano on Thursday (17/1) in the NP in Dili.

"The people of Timor-Leste and the NP should know what is discussed by Pr Ramos-Horta and Alfredo. Whether the PR is going to give amnesty, send Alfredo back to the F-FDTL or submit him to justice, people should know about it. Or is it just a trap?" added Mr. Bano. (DN)

ICG: government needs to reform F-FDTL and PNTL

The government of Timor-Leste and the UN Mission in Timor-Leste should revitalize efforts to reform the F-FDTL and PNTL in order to decrease civil conflict in the country.

Based on the new report of the International Crisis Group (ICG), it seems that to move the country forward the security institutions' reformation is key.

ICG also reported that until now there is no clear authority line between defence forces and the police and there is no national consensus about the type of defence force needed and what its job should be.

ICG said that the government has to conduct an immediate analysis of comprehensive security reform as recommended by the Security Council of the United Nations. (TP)

Ramos-Horta: Indonesia to close embassy if TL establishes an international tribunal

PR Ramos-Horta is arguing strongly against the recommendation of organizations which are asking the state to establish an international tribunal in Timor-Leste to judge the cases of 1999.

"I have not accepted your recommendation about establishing an international tribunal ever since I was Minister of Foreign Affairs. Even though you step over me until I die, I will never accept it," said PR Ramos-Horta on Thursday (17/1) when meeting with Forum of NGOs in Caicoli, Dili.

PR Ramos-Horta said that it is impossible to establish the international tribunal in Timor-Leste as there is no support from the Security Council. (TP)

High Level meeting: continues discussing the problems in the country

The High Level Meeting between the state and the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) on Thursday (17/1) continued to focus on the problems of the IDPs, Alfredo Reinado and the petitioners.

The meeting was held in Palacio das Cinzas and was attended by SRSG Atul Khare, PR Ramos-Horta, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, President of NP Fernando Lasama, Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak, General Prosecutor Longuinhos Monteiro, State Secretary for Security and Defence Francisco Guterres and Julio Pinto.

PR Ramos-Horta said that the High Level meeting was held to decide how the organs of state could disseminate general information about solving the problems in the country," said PR Ramos-Horta on Thursday (17/1) in Palacio da Cinzas Caicoli, Dili.

The President of the NP Fernando Lasama said that the thanks to the meeting the government and UNMIT can start to move forward the process of solving problems and regaining peace and calm. (TP)

"Mandate doesn't work; Alfredo doesn't go to the court

The lawyer for Alfredo Reinado's case, Benevides Barros, said that PR Ramos-Horta has already told all relevant national and international institutions to not execute the arrest warrant given by the judge.

Mr. Barros also said that Alfredo Reinado will not appear in court on January 24 this year as the arrest warrant on him is still valid.

Fretilin is calling on Alfredo to take the accusation to the court.

"Fretilin supports Alfredo is his legal stand, but does not support Alfredo and the petitioners' actions. Our support is that if Alfredo has all the evidence, then come down. It is time to go through the legal process and the Constitution," said Jose Manuel, a member of Fretilin.

While the President of the Court of Appeal Claudio Ximenes said that if there is a strong reason then the arrest warrant will be withdrawn, if not then all should follow the decision made by the judge. (TP and STL)

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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