Subject: Daily Media Review 06 March 08

Thursday, 06 March 2008

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National Media Reports TVTL News Coverage

TMR happy over court decision: The Commander of the F-FDTL, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, said that he is content with the decision made by the court regarding the four F-FDTL members involved in the shooting case against PNTL members. "We are ready to let our members submit to justice." said Commander TMR.

IDPs start returning home: Fifty one families at some of the IDP camps in Dili have received a Government incentive to return home. The subsidies range from USD 1,500 for partially destroyed homes, to USD 4,000 for totally destroyed homes. The Minister of Social Solidarity, Maria Domingas Alves, said that the subsidies will only be provided once the recipient has undergone a survey, verification and re-verification process. "I am really happy to have this subsidy. I think it is only fair given that we have lost so much" said Marcal, an IDP whose house was destroyed during the 2006 crisis. The Minister also said that the registration process would continue until all IDPs returned homes.

RTL News Coverage Commander of F-FDTL/PNTL, asks Salsinha to surrender: The Commander of the F-FDTL, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, has said that the Joint Operation has identified the movement of Salsinha and his group along with the people who are providing them with support and food assistance. Salsinha has said that he is ready to submit himself if the military operation in Ermera is suspended.

Separately, Acting President Fernando Lasama and PM Xanana said that the Joint F-FDTL/PNTL Operation will continue until all weapons are handed in.

Print Coverage Carrascalão: Government must explain Susar's imprisonment: The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mario Viegas Carrascalão, said that the Government should explain the reasons why Susar has been imprisoned. "The Government should explain this … if they don't, it will create a veery negative perception to the public," said Mr. Carrascalão.

Separately, former the Minister of Justice, Domingos Sarmento, said that the judicial process for Susar is a normal judicial process which all criminal suspects are exposed to. (TP)

Conditions prepared for Salsinha's surrender: The F-FDTL and PNTL are preparing good conditions for Salsinha and his group to surrender. "We have prepared conditions for him to come. He is really cooperative. We expect him to come," said Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak. (TP)

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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