Subject: Daily Media Review 11 March 08

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

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National Media Reports
TVTL News Coverage

PM: Surrender only option for Salsinha : In relation to Salsinha's statement that he would only surrender to PR Ramos-Horta, the Prime Minister has reiterated the Government's ultimatum that Salsinha must surrender to the Government. PM Xanana said that the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation is continuing because of Salsinha's refusal to surrender. "If he wrote that he will not submit himself, the operation will continue. The problem is that he needs to act on the demands of the Government, not wait for the President," said PM Xanana on his arrival from Darwin, Australia on Monday (10/3) in Comoro Airport, Dili. 


RTL News Coverage

No option for Salsinha if Govt ultimatum ignored: The General-Prosecutor of the Republic Longuinhos Monteiro said that he will no longer act as a facilitator for Salsinha and his thirty one members as the deadline for them to surrender ends this afternoon. Mr. Monteiro said that as agreed by Salsinha himself, he was supposed to surrender on Monday (10/03), but his letter stated that he would only surrender once PR Jose Ramos-Horta returns to Timor-Leste. Mr. Monteiro also said that he has made every effort to encourage Salsinha and his group to surrender in a peaceful manner, but the final responsibility falls on Salsinha.

The F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation reaches Salsinha's stronghold in Ermera: The Deputy Commander of the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation, Filomeno Paixão, said that the Joint Operation is about to reach the place where Salsinha and his group are located. "We know all of his [Salsinha] movements. The Joint Operation is in Ermera now and occupies thirty strategic points," said Lieutenant Colonel Paixão at a press conference held in the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation HQ in Farol, Dili. Lieutenant Colonel Paixão also said that the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation is aiming to pressure Salsinha and his group to surrender to them.

PM: Surrender only option for Salsinha: In relation to the Salsinha's statement that he would only surrender to PR Ramos-Horta, the Prime Minister has reiterated the Government's ultimatum that Salsinha must surrender to the Government. PM Xanana said that the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation is continuing because of Salsinha's refusal to surrender. "If he indeed wrote that he will not submit himself, the operation will continue. The problem is that he needs to act on the demands of the Government, not wait for the President," said PM Xanana on his arrival from Darwin, Australia on Monday (10/3) in Comoro Airport, Dili. 

SRSG welcomes IICI: The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, has appealed to Salsinha and his group to submit themselves peacefully to the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation.

"We believe that the situation in the country continues to remain calm. Someday Salsinha and his group will submit themselves. There is no other way," said SRSG Khare on Monday (10/3) after his weekly meeting with Acting President of the Republic Fernando 'Lasama' de Araujo in Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli, Dili. Concerning the resolution of the National Parliament to establish an International Independent Commission of Inquiry for February 11, SRSG Khare said that he believed this to be a positive step.

Print Coverage

Joint Operation surrounds Salsinha and his group: The F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation is currently occupying thirty strategic points in Ermera and mobilizing 465 soldiers to surround the rebel group led by Salsinha.

"We know all of his [Salsinha] movements. The Joint Operation is in Ermera now and occupies thirty strategic points," said the Deputy Commander of the Joint Operation, Lieutenant Colonel Filomeno Paixão at a press conference held in the Joint Operation HQ in Farol, Dili.

The Joint Operation performs daily patrols and collaborates with the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) on operational tactics. The Joint Operation is continuing to appeal to Salsinha and his group to avoid violence and to respect the negotiations he has had with the General Prosecutor. (STL)

Salsinha to surrender to PR Horta: The rebel leader, Gastao Salsinha stated that he will surrender himself only upon the return of PR Ramos Horta to Timor-Leste. Salsinha directly gave his statement to the General Prosecutor, Longuinhos Monteiro, through a letter sent to Mr. Monteiro on Sunday (9/3). "I don't know why Salsinha doesn't want to surrender and decided to cancel his planned submission," said Mr. Monteiro on Monday (10/3) in Caicoli. Mr. Monteiro said that if Salsinha did not surrender, then he should face the consequences of his decision. "After Monday, the problem is not mine. This problem will belong to the military," said Mr. Monteiro. (STL)

Carrascalao: Xanana leads without discrimination: The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mario Viegas Carrascalao said that the Alliance Majority in Parliament's Government, under the leadership of PM Xanana Gusmao, has not discriminated against any other party and is open to members of all parties, including Fretilin. "The Xanana-led Government is one that has allowed open participation in all processes. They have not discriminated the way that Fretilin did…. It's very differennt with Dr. Mari Alkatiri," said Mr. Carrascalao on Monday (10/3) in the National Parliament, Dili. (STL)

Petitioners incredulous over Xanana's statement: The 671 petitioners who are now gathered in Aitarak Laran, Dili, are at incredulous over the Prime Minister's statement that the petitioners cannot re-enter the military.

Before the PM made this statement to the petitioners at Aitarak Laran, the Government had given the petitioners three options: first, to return to the military; second, to remain as civilians; and third, to be re-employed in other countries.

The Coordinator of the petitioners in Aitarak Laran, Captain Caesar Valente de Jesus, said: "In his statement, the PM may state what he likes, but the process of resolving the petitioner's problems is continuing as it was based on the Government's options to the petitioners," said Captain de Jesus on Monday (10/3) in Aitarak Laran, Dili.

According to Captain de Jesus, the options offered by the Government would be considered by each petitioner to see which option was best for them. 

Separately, a petitioner said that he accepts the options and is asking the Government to solve their problems as soon as possible. "Most of us accept the PM's statement with sadness because we came here to discuss the three options. If we knew that there was no option to return to the military, many of us may not have come to Aitarak Laran," said anonymous petitioner. (STL)

Horta: Salsinha has to surrender today: PR Jose Ramos-Horta is asking Gastao Salsinha to surrender himself to the state forces today (Tuesday) to face justice as there is no other option left. PR Ramos-Horta relayed this message during the visit of PM Xanana Gusmao in Darwin, Australia on Monday (10/3). "The President said that after the 10th (yesterday) and 11th (today), there would be no more options left [for Salsinha] and that the military operation would continue. The F-FDTL, PNTL and ISF are going to reach him … we want to show him that there is no way, annd no dialogue, left for him," said PM Xanana. (TP)

Suspects of May 25: TMR should explain: The International Prosecutor Felismino Cardoso said that the F-FDTL Commander Taur Matan Ruak needs to confirm to the state why the four F-FDTL members who were involved in the case of May 25 had not as yet been imprisoned. "We could not execute the arrest warrants issued by the Public Ministry. That's why we trusted UNPol to arrest them, but until now, this has not happened yet. Commander TMR needs to provide an explanation as to why his members have not been imprisoned yet," said Prosecutor Cardoso. Prosecutor Cardoso also said that the Dili District Court had last year issued an arrest warrant to UNPol to arrest the four F-FDTL members to be imprisoned. (TP)

UNPOL Commissioner Tor: UNPol welcomes Salsinha: The UN Police Commissioner in Timor-Leste, Rodolfo Tor, said that UNPol continues to welcome Salsinha and his members who have still not surrendered the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation. "We also offer two officers to work with the Joint Operation in the HQ of the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation in Farol, Dili. Some are providing security to the petitioners in Aitarak Laran and also in the districts. About Salsinha, we continue to welcome them," said Commissioner Tor. Commissioner Tor said that the security situation in Timor-Leste continues to be calm, even though some people were frightened by the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation. (DN)

TMR: not surrender, face military forces: The F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation Commander, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, said that the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation does not want Salsinha's death, but his surrender. Brigadier General TMR said that the Joint Operation is collaborating with the International Stabilization Forces to bring about Salsinha's surrender and threatened military force if Salsinha and his group did not submit themselves voluntarily.

"We do not want him die. We will have a Joint Operation between PNTL, F-FDTL and ISF to use military forces if he does not submit himself," said Brigadier General TMR. "Now we wait for Salsinha to cooperate," said Commander TMR. (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)
Semanario Nacional (SN)
Tempo Semanal (TS)

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