Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 09 June 2008

(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

PM: All political parties have a duty to TL- Diario

In the seventh National Conference of PD, held yesterday in Manleuana, PM Xanana Gusmão said all Political Parties are set up in Timor Leste to respond to the needs of the nation. According to the PM, when any political party participates in an election, they are elected to lead in order to monitor the democratic process. The PM also added that all political parties have a great responsibility to educate the population to be tolerant, to value human rights and democracy.

Veterans to receive US $20 million- Diario

The State-Secretary of Veterans Marito Reis said in Baucau that those Timorese who contributed in the war for a period of 3-7 years will receive a premium from the Government.

Mr Reis confirmed that he has ratified US$ 4.000.000 of funds to complete the US$ 16.000.000 that they have before bringing the total of funds to US$ 20.000.000. According to plan, this money will allotted next year and every veteran will receive a one-off payment.

National Parliament approves resolution to implement CAVR Chega Report- TVTL, 7 June

The National Parliament has approved a resolution to recognize the implementation of the final report of CAVR "Chega". National MP Fernanda Borges said her commission has approved the resolution and they will continue discussing it in the plenary.

She added that the National Parliament formally recognizes the importance of this report which contains the serious crimes occurring from 1974 to 1999. "This resolution is very important because this is the first time the relevant organ of the NP has officially recognized the importance of this report. Therefore, I ask all Timorese to acknowledge the writers as well," said Ms Borges.

German Gov gives €4million to TL- TVTL, 7 June

The Government of Germany will give €4.000.000 to the Government of Timor Leste in order to expand the programs of bilateral cooperation for development in rural areas.

After the trilateral meeting held between the Government's of Timor Leste, Indonesia and Germany in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano da Costa said the meeting aimed to discuss the bilateral cooperation among these nations in the areas of education, rural development, security, health, maritime transportation, and trainings including youth training.

NP approves intelligence law- Timor Post, 7 June

National MP Duarte Nunes has confirmed that the National Parliament has currently approved the intelligence law for the F-FDTL and the PNTL. "The law has been approved by Parliament, so we ask that the government implement it well in both institutions in order to strengthen our intelligence capacities," said Mr Nunes.

Duarte also said that candidate chosen to be the Chief of Intelligence should be a neutral candidate and not be a part of either institution.

Two dead in Indonesia boat accident- ABC, 9 June

Two people drowned when their boat capsized off Indonesia's West Timor during an annual ceremony to ward off evil, police said. The ethnic Chinese were killed when their boat capsized in heavy seas off Tanjung Bastian beach on the north coast of West Timor on Sunday afternoon (local time), district police chief Abdul Salam said.

"Strong waves overturned one of the boats and two participants drowned and were found dead," he said. The Indonesian meteorology office has warned of high seas in the next few days.

José Ramos-Horta as human rights high commissioner? – The Human Rights Tribune, 6 June

Brazil, Portugal and Australia are encouraging the President of East Timor, José Ramos-Horta, to put forth his candidacy for the next High Commissioner for Human Rights.

But the Nobel laureate has not yet made a final decision despite reports that UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon would also support his candidacy.

The President of East Timor since 2007, Ramos-Horta has been convalescing following an attack that could have cost him his life in February 2008 and dipolmats in Geneva say he would like to leave this dangerous role.

Six other candidates are under consideration for the post in a confidential process going on in New York. From Africa there are two candidates from Senegal: Adama Dieng, the registrar for the International Tribunal for Rwanda, Pierre Sané, the former Secretary General of Amnesty International as well as Francis Deng of Sudan, the Secretary General's advisor for the prevention of genocide.

From Latin America there is Luis Alfonso De Alba, Mexico's Ambassador in Geneva and former president of the Human Rights Council. From Asia: Kyung-wha Kang of South Korea, the Deputy High Commissioner and Hina Jilani of Pakistan who is currently at the end of her mandate as Special Rapporteur for protecting the defenders of human rights.

Translated from the French by Claire Doole

Strong quake hits east of East Timor: officials- AFP, 6 June

A strong magnitude-six earthquake struck east of the East Timorese capital of Dili, seismologists said Friday.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of six and struck 289 kilometres (179 miles) east of Dili at a depth of 122 kilometres around 10:42 pm (1342 GMT).

Arif Akhir of the Indonesian meteorology office said it was a 6.4-magnitude earthquake and was 113 kilometres deep.

There were no immediate reports of damage and residents said the quake was hardly felt in Dili.

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