Subject: Timor Leste Daily Media News September 19, 2008

Timor-Leste Daily Media News

It is good to set up an anti-corruption commission, says Indonesia’s KKP president – Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, 19 September

President of Indonesian Anti-Corruption Commission President Antasri Azhara, said good will of the Timorese Government in combating corruption was positive to enliven the country’s economic development.

Azhara made the comments during the international conference held at the Hotel Timor on combating corruptions.

“The Timorese Government’s policy of setting up is showing a positive signal, because corruption is an error committed by the Government officials to enrich themselves,” Azhara said.

Azhara added corruption appeared, because there were interests from those who had power aiming at enriching themselves with the people’s money which should actually be spent for facilitating people’s lives, such as constructing school building and clinics.

State is committed to combating corruptions, says Lasama – Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, 19 September

Parliamentary President Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo said the state bodies, such as presidency, parliament and Government were committed to combating corruptions in the country.

“The president of the republic, prime minister and parliamentary president and NGO’s participation in the conference, shows that we have commitment to combat corruptions in the country,” Lasama said.

Lasama made the comments yesterday during a speech marking the opening of two-day-international conference on anti-corruptions held at Hotel Timor.

The conference was financially funded by both Timorese Parliament and the Government of Australia.

Parliament holds international conference on corruption – Timor Post, 19 September

Timor-Leste is urged to clean up corruption, collusion and nepotism known as KKN, due to is like terrorism and narcotics that would only damage the country’s economy and image.

Parliamentary President of Committee C for anti-corruption, Cipriana Pereira, said if the corruption was growing up in the country and that would destroy the politicians and public development, as well as private sectors.

Pereira said corruption was being major challenge in the world and that needed to have proper strategy to deal it well.

She added the conference was aimed at gathering ideas and thoughts for setting up national network of anti corruption.

Parliamentary President Fernando “Lasama” Araujo said he agreed with producing a special law and having good commitment were two main keys of combating corruption in the country.

Police should tell the truth, says Acting police commander – Timor Post, 19 September

Timorese Acting police Commander, Inspector Afonso de Jesus, said the police force he was currently leading had the responsibility to talk about the firearms which were still at large in the community.

The commander was responding the recent comments made by the former police commander, Paulo de Fatima Martins, saying there were no firearms belonging to police went missing during the country’s recent crises.

“PNTL should tell the truth, should not tell falsehood. The police should uncover things have gone missing,” De Jesus said.

De Jesus added the security forces would make efforts and seek for proper mechanism to recall all the firearms which had gone missing.

State Secretary for Security, Francisco da Silva Guterres, Acting Police Commander, Inspector Afonso de Jesus, F-FDTL Commander, and Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak had discussed about mechanism of recalling those firearms.

Security situation returns to normal: PM Gusmão – Timor Post, 19 September

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, said security situation throughout the territory of Timor-Leste had gradually returned to normal.

The prime minister made the comments yesterday after participating in the meeting of the State Security Council at the Palace of the president.

Gusmão said during the meeting he was presenting the country’s security situation to the President Jose Ramos Horta.

“The consultative body informed the president on the security situation in the country, saying generally security situation has returned to normal,” Gusmao said.

He added during the meeting some of his minister also conveying problem of the IDPs and food shortage problem.

PDHJ urges Government for strongest support – Televizaun Timor-Leste, 19 September

Timorese Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman known as PDHJ has urged the Government to provide them a strongest support in combating corruption within the country.

PDHJ Director, Sebastião Diaz Ximenes said the two-day-international conference held was very important, as it was on corruption which had been raised in the Parliament.

Ximenes said the conference was another way to gather and exchange opinions of producing relevant laws.

He called on the Government to give them more power to hold investigation into the corruption practices and hope the Government could make proper recommendations to the court on corruptions.

PSD nominates three candidates to replace Papito Monteiro: Carrascalao – Televizaun Timor-Leste, 19 September

Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mario Viegas Carrascalao, said his party [PSD] had presented three names to replace former state secretary for cooperative and rural development, Papito Monteiro who had resigned from the post recently.

Carrascalao said PSD had presented those names to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, yet until now the Government was yet to decide.

Carrascalao said the decision was yet to be made, as his party would also make consultation with the minister for economy and development.

In response to whether there are some other names from the other political parties, Carrascalao said it was the prime minister’s power to decide.

UN to commemorate world peace day – Timor Newsline, 18 September

UN Police Representative, Caesar Ranawera, said the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) would commemorate the World Peace Day, falling on the upcoming September 21.

Ranawera said activities would be held in the commemoration were peaceful long march, addresses from the UN secretary general, the prime minister, the parliamentary president and bishops.

Ranawera made the comments today (18/9) during a press conference held at the office of UNMIT, Obrigado Barrack, Dili

Martial art clubs, students, veterans, children and deformities would also be participating in the peaceful long march.

Meanwhile, Aniceto Neves from HAK Foundation said the Timorese people began to remain calm, as the petitioners and IDPs problems had almost been resolved and there had been some changes, but they were not enough in restoring peace and stability in the country.

Corruption appears within state institutions: President Horta – Radio Timor-Leste, 18 September

President Jose Ramos Horta, said corruptions were found within the state institutions, however there had been no strong evidences.

The President called on the media to keep updating news stories related to corruption, so that it could awake the leaders to not commit corruptions.

Horta made the comments today (18/9) after participating in international conference on national network for anti-corruption at Timor Hotel.

Horta said Timor’s media had worked positively in publicizing corruption practices to the public in the country.

He added Timor-Leste should learn corruption prevention from other countries to produce an anti-corruption law for avoiding corruption during the implementation of decentralization.

No execution to Reinado, says President Horta – Televizaun and Radio Timor-Leste, 18 September

President Jose Ramos Horta said there was no execution to former rebel leader Alfredo Reinado Alves and one of his men, they [Reinado and Leopoldo] were shot because they were well-armed, trespassing into residence of the president.

The president made the comments today (18/9) in connection with the report findings of the Hospital, saying Reinado and his follower, Leopoldino were shot in closer distance.

Horta said it was impossible for the defense force soldiers to capture those rebels, as they were carrying weapons.

Horta said the president guards shot at Reinado and his followers, because they had disarmed first a solider at the main gate of the president’s residence and attempted to enter into the president’s room.

Horta said the distance between the scene of Reinado’s dead body and the position of the defense force soldiers were about 20 meters and the shootings were last choice to save the president. He added he was ready to testify in the court, if the court needed him to explain about the attack on his residence.

Meeting of State Security Council held – Televizaun Timor-Leste, 18 September

President of the Republic José Ramos Horta held a meeting of State Security Council at his residence in Farol, Dili Thursday (18/9).

After the meeting, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that during the meeting the Council members discussed issues such as general security situation, returnees, food security, and 2009’s state budget.

In relation to security, the Secretary of State for Security Francisco Guterres said during the meeting a provision was set to enable PNTL and F-FDTL working together if there is any urgent situation.

Guterres also explained the government had plan with international organization to deal with illegal fishing in the territory of Timor-Leste.


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