Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 04 August 2008
(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)
‘Nino Konis Santana’ National Park inaugurated – Timor Post
The Government of Timor-Leste has inaugurated the nation’s first national park, The Nino Konis Santana National Park, on Friday (1/8) in sub-district Tutuala, Lautem.
The wonderful natural park was inaugurated by the President of the National Parliament Fernando Lasama and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão.
The park covers an area of 123,600 hectares and encompasses Com, Tutala to Lore and the Lautem District.
PM Xanana said that the park preserve Timor-Leste’s natural resources for future generations.
“Across the world we hear about climate change. It is changing because we destroy our forests…Sometimes we talk about money and oil, but nature is very important to our lives. Let the forests and the animals be as they are. It is time for them to be free, they are our wealth ...,” said PM Gusmão.
15 August deadline set for weapons collection campaign – Diario Nacional
In his message on the national Weapons Collection Campaign, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has set the deadline for all people to hand in their illegal weapons as 15 August. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that the campaign is being led by UNPol, PNTL and F-FDTL who will be collecting illegal weapons across the until 15 August,
The PM said that the principal objective of such a campaign is to make the country as secure as possible for everyone. “I appeal to all people who have weapons to hand them in before 15 August. If they do not, they will be arrested,” said the Prime Minister.
PR Horta returns from long trip abroad – Timor Post
Upon returning from his long trip abroad, President José Ramos-Horta has said that he believes many countries will continue to support Timor-Leste. PR Horta met with the President of the European Union, Durão Barosso, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the President and Prime Minister of Portugal.
Ed: Is it difficult for MP to access Alfredo’s mobile and laptop? – Timor Post
Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro has said that Alfredo’s mobile phone and laptop was taken to Australia to be investigated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
What kind of investigation is this?
If they just need copies of Alfredo’s documents, why couldn’t they open documents in Dili? If they want the numbers and text messages from his mobile, why didn’t they do this from Dili? We agree MP Mario Viegas Carrascalão’s that the argument of the Prosecutor-General should be rejected.
Also, as the former Minister of Justice Domingos Sarmento said, “Many people will want to interfere with the Public Ministry. I hope that the facts will no be skewed to accuse other people.”
We need to be alert. There are many things that are kept from us the public, but reviled to others.
MSS discriminates IDPs- Suara Timor Lorosae
The Airport IDP Coordinator Carlito da Silva said to journalists that he is concerned that the IDP youths at this camp only received $100 when IDP youths from other camps received $200. It is for this reason, Mr da Silva said, that the IDPs would not return home.
Separately, the IDP Coordinator from Motael camp Maria Auxiliadora da Costa complained that the government has verified the 400 IDPs registered in the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
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