Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 21 January 2008

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list (info@etan.org) have been removed.]

Monday, 21 January 2008

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Alfredo Reinado: UNMIT has no right to interfere in TL's internal problems

Alfredo Reinado said that the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has no right to intervene in the internal problems of Timor-Leste as the nation has its own laws and appropriate models to solve problems.

"UNMIT has no right to condemn me as a Timorese because Timor-Leste is a democratic nation which has its own law to implement, it is not made by internationals," said Alfredo on Thursday (17/1) in Suai in responding to an UNMIT statement that suggests that Alfredo should submit himself to the justice. (STL)

Reinado was responding to the comments made by UNMIT, which asked that he submit himself to the justice.

Basic Training for F-FDTL to NATO's standards The Department of Defence (DD) has decided that the basic training for the F-FDTL will follow NATO's standards.

State Secretary for Defence Julio Thomas Pinto said that in conducting the basic training, the DD will look at the countries belonging to NATO.

"We will use NATO's standards as Timor-Leste is familiar with the standards used by Portuguese forces,” said Mr. Pinto on Saturday (19/1) in his office in Dili. (STL)

Bishop Ricardo: the Church will not get involved in the Task Force Bishop Ricardo from the Diocese of Dili said that the Church will not be involved with the government Task Force to solve Alfredo's problem as it is considered a political problem. (STL)

Salsinha: Ramos-Horta pledges a screening of the petitioners The Spokesperson of the petitioners Gastao Salsinha stated that President of the Republic Jose Ramos-Horta has agreed with the Petitioner's proposal to have a screening for the petitioners.

"… the decision is the President's as thhe Supreme Commander of the F-FDTL; if he accepts that we are to have a screening as military people then we will take it a sign that we are still regarded as military," said Salsinha on Thursday (17/1) in Suai. (STL)

Bishop Basilio: "People need unambiguous leaders" Bishop Basilio Nascimento of Baucau Diocese said that if the accusation of Alfredo Reinado has enough truth to remove current Prime Minister (PM) Xanana Gusmao then it would be good to establish a new government to avoid ambiguity in the running of the country.

Bishop Basilio said that it is better to live in an atmosphere with no ambiguity because otherwise Timor-Leste could fall into another crisis. (DN)

DSRSG Finn Reske-Nielsen: hard work is needed if the IDPs are to go home The Deputy Special Representative of Secretary-General (DSRSG) of United Nations in Timor-Leste Finn Reske-Nielsen said that returning the IDPs to their homes or community will be very difficult.

DSRSG Finn said that it would require a long period of time.

"On the humanitarian aspect, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will give strong support to the government plan to bring the IDPs back home," said DSRSG Finn on Thursday (17/1) in Obrigado Barracks, Dili.

DSRSG Finn also said that in 2008, the priority will also give to support the government's national recovery plan. (DN)

Nelson Martins: political drama; leaders make people lazy

The President of Socialist Party (PST) Nelson Martins said that the political drama of the leaders makes the Timorese people lazy throughout the country.

Mr. Martins said that the accusations levelled at each other by the leaders makes the people know that the crisis is caused by the failure of leaders. (DN)

IDPs returning homes: security to be provided 24/7 The Commander of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) of Dili District, Pedro Belo, said that PNTL Dili district will provide 24 security when the IDPs return home.

Commander Belo said that the most affected areas in Dili will be prioritized and there will be no tolerance to criminals and those who hide them. (DN)

International Media Reports

ASEAN women discuss role in community development Friday, January 18, 2008 15:06:10 Vietnam (GMT+07) ThanhNien News.com

Delegates from 10 ASEAN member countries and East Timor gathered in Vientiane, Laos Wednesday to discuss the role of women in developing regional communities from now to 2015.

The ASEAN Women Summit centred on the theme of implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was held from January 14-15.

Summit participants hailed the role of women in facilitating socioeconomic development in each ASEAN member country and for contributing to narrowing the development gap between new and founding ASEAN members.

Present at the meeting were Somsavat Lengsavad, Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Lao Committee for Advancement of Women, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Soeung Rathchavy, and representatives from NGOs in ASEAN countries and East Timor.

Source: VNA

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

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