Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 24 June 2008

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]


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

Head of MCATL appeals to the nation’s leaders to control corruption – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

The Head of the Millennium Challenge Account of Timor-Leste (MCATL), Joao Saldanha, has appealed to all leaders of the nation including the Government, National Parliament, civil society and development partners, to seriously tackle corruption so that Timor-Leste can have assistances from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

“If we want Timor-Leste to obtain assistance from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), we should rid ourselves of corruption because it is very important that Timor-Leste get this assistance,” said Saldanha. Mr Saldanha also added that the fund will be used for poor people and not for political parties as the aim of the fund is to help reduce poverty in the poorest nations.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Actor Jackie Chan to arrive in Timor Leste on Tuesday– Timor Post

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Actor Jackie Chan will visit Timor-Leste for the first time to help promote peace. He will meet different people, particularly youth involved in martial arts, and will visit youth centres and students in their schools around some districts in Timor Leste.

Mr Chan will also review Timor-Leste’s martial arts activities and advise on how to encourage youth who have been involved in martial arts groups to use their abilities and skills to promote peace and solidarity instead of creating problems.

Portugal is committed to supporting Timor-Leste – Timor Post

The Portuguese Ambassador for Timor-Leste, Joao Nugent Ramos Pinto, has said that Portugal does not want to leave Timor-Leste alone in coping with its development, especially in the area of defence. He reiterated Portugal’s support for defence issues, particularly on how to help the F-FDTL become a professional defence force.

Mr Pinto affirmed that Portugal has shown its commitment to help strengthening the human resource and capacity of the F-FDTL by providing military training since the institution was established in 2001.


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