Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 20 August 2008
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Falantil Day celebrated- RTL
To commemorate FALINTIL
Day celebrated today (20/8), The President of the National Parliament
Fernando Lasama appealed to all Timorese citizens to honour the legacy
of heroes who had contributed and sacrificed so much for the
Independence of the
country. A Fretilin MP also appealed to the PNTL and F-FDTL to maintain
the integrity of what the heroes had sacrificed for by contributing to
the betterment of the country.
AMP rejects ISF presence – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
Some Government MPs have rejected the continuing presence of the
International Stabilization Forces (ISF), arguing that the ISF is no
longer needed given the increasingly stable security environment.
CNRT MP Eduardo Barreto said that he believes its time for the ISF to
go. Democratic Party MP
Gertrudes Moniz said that it was time to hand over full
responsibility of national defense to the
Social Democratic Party MP
Fernando Gusmão said that he had full faith in the PNTL and F-FDTL
to maintain peace and stability.
UNMIT commemorates 5th year of de Mello’s death – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
The United Nations
Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) yesterday commemorated
the 5 year anniversairy of the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad
Iraq that killed many UN staff, including former Special Representative
of Secretary-General (SRSG) Sergio Vieira de Mello.
Mr de Mello had led the
United Nations Transitional Administration of
East Timor (UNTAET).
The commemoration included a
minute of silence
led by Acting SRSG Finn Reske-Nielsen and
was attended by President José Ramos-Horta, Prime Minister
among other high level Government members.
PR Horta demands respect over budget promulgation fiasco – Tiimor Post
President Ramos-Horta has demanded that MPs respect him as the
Head of State. The
President made these remarks in relation to comments made over the
recent promulgation fiasco. The President warned MPs that he would
retaliate if provoked.
Fretilin accused of fomenting instability – Timor Post PSD MP Fernando
Gusmão has accused Fretilin of fomenting instability through their
submission to the Court
of Appeals over the constitutionality of the rectified budget. Mr
Gusmão said this showed the party has no intention to contribute to the
development and stability of the country. In
response, Fretilin MP
Estanislau da Silva said that Fretilin has always worked to
nation and free the people from poverty. Mr da Silva further said that
Court of Appeals
did not make a decision on the Economic Stabilization Fund, but on the
decree law creating the fund.
Five years after Baghdad
attack, UN remembers some of its ‘best and bravest’- UN News Centre, 19
The United Nations today
honoured those killed and injured in the terrorist attack on the world
body’s headquarters in Baghdad five years ago, at a solemn ceremony in
New York that included a classical music piece composed in memory of the
The bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003 claimed the
lives of 22, including the top UN envoy in
Sergio Vieira de Mello,
and wounded more than 150.
The attack robbed the UN of “some of its best and bravest staff
Ban Ki-moon told
the gathering, which included family members of the victims as well as
survivors of the attack.
“They were true heroes,” he added, noting that they went into a
dangerous situation to help those in need.
Mr. Ban noted that over the past five years, the UN has continued to
help the people of Iraq – and others throughout the world – includinging
by helping organize historic elections and draft a new constitution in
2005. The world body has also aided Iraqi refugees and is working hard
to encourage political compromise among the various communities in Iraq.
“This work is often dangerous, but our resolve is as strong as ever,” he
said, adding that all of those who died five years ago “would have
wanted us to go on, and we have.”
But the risks remain, Mr. Ban pointed out, as illustrated by the deadly
terrorist attack on UN
offices in Algiers last December. He reiterated is pledge to improve
staff safety and security,
while also noting that protection means more than barricades and
“By keeping alive the memory of those talented, selfless, compassionate
and irreplaceable people we lost five years ago, we remind the world of
what the UN stands for. And we recall again why the UN’s work must be
protected and supported: for the sake of peace and justice, now and for
generations to come.”
Mr. Ban, joined by colleagues who were in Baghdad, laid a wreath in
memory of the victims.
A minute of silence
was also observed in honour of the fallen staff.
Also addressing the gathering was Stephen Kisambira, President of the UN
Staff Union, who
noted that the world has become a far more dangerous place where the
neutrality of the
Organization and its personnel is less respected and its staff
vulnerable to attacks with each passing day.
“We must stress the obligation of those who call upon
United Nations staff
to serve in difficult and dangerous parts of the world. We call upon
them to take whatever action is necessary to ensure staff safety and
security,” he said.
The ceremony featured the world premiere of Song without Borders, a new
classical music piece composed by Emmy Award-winner
Steve Heitzeg in
memory of UN staff members who have perished in the line of duty.
The piece’s four movements are Universal Declaration, Blue Meditation
(in remembrance of
members of the UN family killed in the pursuit of peace), Unfinished
Assignments (for Mr. Vieira de Mello and the people of the world) and
Peaceful Resolution. It was performed by the Daedalus Quartet, which is
currently the quartet-in-residence at New York’s Columbia University.
At an event in Geneva to commemorate the anniversary, Sergei
Director-General of the UN Office there, highlighted the great sacrifice
made by those killed in the attack.
“The bomb that detonated at Canal Hotel, our Headquarters in Baghdad,
robbed us of 22 men and women who had devoted their lives to the
he told those gathered at a wreath-laying ceremony. “These staff members
assumed great risk in the service of peace, security and of all humanity
and paid the ultimate price, their lives.
“The cause for which our friends and colleagues died stays on, and our
quest continues, as we go on with our work,” he added.
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