Subject: Daily Media Review 04 March 2008

Tuesday, 04 March 2008

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National Media Reports TVTL News Coverage

Horta forgives Alfredo: The Acting President of the Republic, Fernando Lasama, visited PR José Ramos-Horta at the Darwin Royal Hospital, Australia. PR Ramos-Horta said that he has forgiven Alfredo Reinado and has asked that the Government look after his family.

RTL News Coverage Alfredo's man surrenders: A member of Alfredo Reinado's group, Domingos Amaral, surrendered on Monday (3/3) in Maubisse, Ainaro District. He also surrendered one automatic weapon. Amaral said that the weapon was seized in Metiaut during the attack on PR Ramos-Horta's residence.

The F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation has confirmed the numbers of the petitioners gathered in Aitarak Laran has increased to 624.

Print Coverage Lasama: military operation continues: Acting President Fernando Lasama de Araujo confirmed that the military operation against Salsinha's group will not cease as the rebels are still in hiding. Acting PR Lasama congratulated group members who had surrendered themselves and their weapons. "There is no other way, they must surrender themselves and their weapons," said Acting PR Lasama on Monday (3/3). (STL)

Early election possible: Early elections may happen if President José Ramos-Horta's health does not allow him to continue as President. "If the Court of Appeals states that there is a permanent impediment to the Presidency within 90 days, then early elections should be called to elect a new President,” said Vital dos Santos, Democratic Party (PD) member of NP on Monday (3/3). (STL)

Salsinha wants to surrender in Gleno: The Spokesperson of the Petitioners, Gastão Salsinha, wants to surrender himself to his family and Father Adrianus Olan in Gleno, Ermera. PM Xanana Gusmão said that Salsinha is currently making preparations to come to Dili. (DN)

IDPs want to return home: For two years now, people have been living as IDPs waiting for the problems of the petitioners to be solved. "We still have questions about the weapons they submitted. They ran away with many weapons and surrendered with only one or two. Where are the rest of the weapons? We are IDPs because we are afraid of the weapons, not the people," said Domingos, an IDP in Farol Camp, Dili. (DN)

Maria Paixão: Salsinha surrenders, 'State of Siege' ends: The Vice President of the National Parliament, Maria Paixão, has said that they are waiting for Salsinha and his group to surrender in order to end the 'State of Siege.' Ms. Paixão has appealed for Salsinha to submit himself to justice. "I believe that in the short time Salsinha will surrender as a citizen who loves his country," said Ms. Paixão on Monday (3/3) in the National Parliament. (DN)

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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