Subject: Daily Media Review 02 April 2008

Wednesday, 02 April 2008

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National Media Reports

TVTL News Coverage

Portugal will continue to cooperate with TL in security areas: Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres has said that Portugal is always ready to cooperate with Timor-Leste in security areas.

"Portugal had always supported Timor-Leste through the provision of GNRs which have helped stabilize the country's security since the crisis of 2006, and they remain here to help train the PNTL officers as part of the security sector reform," said Gutteres after a meeting with the Portuguese State Secretary for Cooperation, Gomes Cravihno, on Tuesday (01/04).

MPs demand explanation from the Prosecutor-General: A majority of MPs have demanded an explanation from the Prosecutor-General regarding the results of the current investigation into February 11. The MPs have called on him to present himself to the National Parliament with this explanation.

Meanwhile CNRT MP, Romeo Moises, has said that he supports the criminal investigation carried out by the Australian Federal Police, FBI and Prosecutor-General. However, Mr Moises said that an International Commission for Inquiry would be necessary if the investigation did not produce concrete results.

RTL News Coverage Acting PR asks all Timorese Ambassadors to act professionally: Acting President Fernando de Araujo 'Lasama' has asked all Timorese Ambassadors to show their professionalism while working as Timorese representatives abroad in the same way that foreign Ambassadors show their professionalism in Timor-Leste. Lasama told the 16 Timorese Ambassadors that it is very important for all ambassadors to help improve Timor-Leste's image.

Print Coverage It's a crime to hide Salsinha and his men: Acting President Fernando de Araujo said that it is a crime to hide Salsinha and his men. "From now on, whoever hides Salsinha and his men will be considered criminals. Therefore, the State asks citizens to collaborate and convince Salsinha and his men to surrender with their weapons," said the Acting President.

Salsinha and his men impede investments: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zacarias da Costa, has said that if Salsinha and his men do not surrender, it will impede foreign investments in Timor-Leste.

"If the situation continues like this, nobody will come to invest in Timor-Leste. They [Salsinha et al] must contribute to the development of the nation by surrendering," said the Minister on Tuesday (1/04) at Palacio do Governu in Dili. (DN and STL)

Portugal wants to maintain Portuguese language: The Portuguese Government wants to reinforce teaching of the Portuguese language in Timor-Leste as another sign of their continuing to support to the nation. (STL)

Court begins trial for suspects in Fatu Ahi case: The Dili District Court has begun judicial proceedings against the suspects accused of being involved in the fighting led by the late Major Alfredo Reinado Alves against F-FDTL in Fatu-Ahi on 23.05.06. (STL)

Angelita: I am innocent: Angelita Pires, accused of being involved in the attack against the President, has defended herself against the charge. "I am innocent. I also condemn the violent attacks on our two top leaders," said Ms. Pires. (TP)

Joint Operation dialogue with community: The Joint Operation Commander met with the Matadoru community to explain the objective of the Joint Operation. "The aim of this dialogue is to explain to people the reasons for the Joint Operation," said Pedro Belo, Dili District Police Commander. (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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