Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 16 July 2008
(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)
National Media Reports
Mario Carrascalão: Railos not to go abroad – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
PSD member of the National Parliament Mario Viegas Carrascalão has asked the government to not let Railos go abroad for his medical treatment as it may create a bad precedent in the future.
If there is no medication in Timor-Leste for Railos' sickness, foreign doctors should be contracted to Timor-Leste to provide medical treatment, said MP Carrascalão on Wednesday (16/7) in the National Parliament, Dili.
He said that there may be other Timorese who suffer from the same sickness as Railos but the Government is not giving them treatment.
He also said that if the government provides the possibility to the criminals to get medical treatment outside the country, will the government then also offer the same opportunity to ordinary people?
PM Xanana has power to combat corruption – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
The national businessmen said that the Government of the Alliance Majority in Parliament of PM Xanana has a big role to combat corruption by establishing an independent anti-corruption commission.
“I see the serious will of Xanana’s government to establish a Commission of Anti-Corruption as a positive step. We need to know that the Commission is truly independent and has no interference from the government,” said the Vice President of National Businessmen Forum Rui Castro.
He suggested that the members of the commission should come from different backgrounds, including academia, law, technology, the Church, NGOs and the media.
“The Commission should be truly independent, not like the National Commission of Elections (CNE),” he added.
Ed: why should Railos go abroad to take his medical treatment? – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
In a short time, Railos will go abroad to take his medical treatment.
His sickness is only a respiratory infection – many people suffer this sickness which is treated only in a clinic.
It is confusing with Railos’ sickness – why can’t his sickness be treated at the National Hospital of Dili?
A big question: Why is Railos going abroad while his case is pending at the Dili court?
Many people are suspect that Railos is following in Rogerio Lobato’s footstepsLobato went to Malaysia to get his medical treatment. It’s unbelievable that a respiratory infection could not be cured by the doctors at the Dili National Hospital.
Fernando Borges: “PR and PM try to close justice” – Diario Nacional
President of National Unity Party (PUN) in the National Parliament Fernanda Borges has said that there is an effort from President José Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to close the way to justice, but promote reconciliation with Indonesia through the Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF).
Eurico Guterres: CTF report does not follow people’s demands-creating a time bomb – Timor Post
Former Commander of Militia Eurico Guterres said that the report of TL-Indonesian Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) handed over to President José Ramos Horta and President Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a time bomb which might go off some time in the future.
Separately, Hendardi, said that CTF was established to avoid an international mechanism.
“There is a judicial process for the criminals; the two nations had an agreement to establish friendship and forget the criminals …,” said Hendardi, Chief of Setora Institute.
Indonesian MP Permadi said that he accepts the CTF report as there is balance, which is different with what has been published by the Australian media alleging that Indonesia is involved in crimes.
“When we see the document [report], there is balance – Horta said that many Indonesians also died in Timor-Leste; PM Xanana who was also involved in genocide represents the victims. Yes or no, it is already the agreement between the two nations, we all have to accept, or no international solution,” said MP Permadi.
International Media Reports
[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list (firstname.lastname@example.org) have been removed.]
UN hopes Timor atrocities report can lead to justice- ABC Radio Australia, 16 July UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon hopes the early release of a report blaming Indonesia for crimes against humanity in East Timor in 1999 would mark the first step toward achieving justice and reconciliation.
In a statement Mr Ban called on both governments to take concrete steps to ensure full accountability, to end impunity and to provide reparations to victims.
Earlier tuesday, Indonesia expressed regret for violence in East Timor in 1999 after accepting the report, but rejected calls for an international tribunal.
An estimated 1,400 people were killed in the violence leading up to and after the independence referendum.
Until now Indonesia has always blamed the local militias, and no Indonesian commander or civilian leader has ever been successfully prosecuted.
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