Subject: Daily Media Review 1 April 2008

Tuesday, 01 April 2008

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National Media Reports

TVTL News Coverage

PM asks all Timorese Ambassadors and Consulates to take note of Timor-Leste's reputation: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has asked all Timorese Ambassadors and Consulates to take note of Timor-Leste's reputation, and to help improve its reputation in order to encourage foreign investments.

The PM believes that Timor-Leste has a terrible image abroad. As such, he has instructed all Timorese Ambassadors and Consulates to spread the work to all foreigners that while Timor-Leste may be a fragile State, it is not a failed State.

"We discussed how the Timorese Ambassadors and Consulates can give information to foreigners about the current situation here in Timor-Leste," The PM said to journalists on Monday (31/3) at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

TMR asks Salsinha to surrender: Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak said that the Apprehension Operation has always asked for the surrender of Gestao Salsinha and his men.

"This is a very important step to solve the problems affecting the nation. Our continued message to Salsinha and his men is to surrender," said TMR.

In response to a question about a deadline being imposed by the Apprehension Operation, TMR said that the Apprehension Operation will continue until the rebels surrender. He also said that any questions about a deadline can only be answered by the Acting President.

RTL News Coverage

Portugal's State Secretary for Cooperation meets Acting PR: Portugal's State Secretary for Cooperation, Gomes Cravihno, held a meeting with Acting President Fernando de Araujo 'Lasama' on Monday (31/3) at the office of the President in Caicoli, Dili.

During the meeting, they discussed the current political situation in Timor-Leste, particularly the unresolved issues of Gestao Salsinha and the rebels.

"The meeting was a good chance to review the political situation in the country. As a representative of Portugal, I am here to confirm our solidarity and friendship," said Mr Cravinho.

Xanana: TL fragile, not failed State: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said that Timor-Leste is a fragile State, not a failed State and that the nation is very young and still developing.

"Despite the current crisis facing Timor-Leste, efforts to develop the nation are continuing and the Government is working towards maintaining good governance, peaceful cooperation and progress in the nation" said the PM on Monday (31/3) at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Print Coverage

TMR: We ask again for Salsinha to surrender: The Joint Operation Commander General Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak is continuing to ask for the surrender of Gastao Salsinha and the other rebels. "We request Salsinha to surrender. We don't want anyone to die again," said TMR. (STL)

Xanana disagrees with 'Failed State' status: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has disagreed with the external perception that Timor-Leste is a failed state. "All should understand that Timor-Leste is not a failed state, but a fragile state- a state still changing and improving," said the Prime Minister. (STL)

Portugal always supports Timor-Leste: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zacarias da Costa, has said that the Government and people of Portugal continue to support Timor-Leste. "We discussed many issues in my meeting with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. However, the important thing is Portugal's commitment to support Timor-Leste in the areas of education and justice." said Mr da Costa. (STL)

No justification for State of Siege and Emergency: The Bishop of Baucau, Don Basilio do Nascimento, has said that there is no adequate reason for implementing a State of Siege and Emergency for the fourth consecutive time. "We all are waiting for the State to explain," said the Bishop. (STL)

MP demands Govt to establish ICI: PSD MP Mario Carascalao has demanded that the Government immediately move to implement the resolution approved by the National Parliament to establish an International Commission for Inquiry into the events of February 11. (TP)

National News Sources: Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Timor Post (TP) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Nacional (DN)

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