Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS For April 12, 2010

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TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Local and International - For April 12, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*President Horta will give pardon to Salsinha and his men next month *Horta: “Establishment of an international tribunal will affect TL-Indonesia relationship” *TL appreciates support of donors to develop the country *Minister Pires: “Timor-Leste has unique experience to resolve problem” *Police detained a person in Manufahi for threatening a teacher *Minister Da Costa did not take part in DID *Due its success of overcoming 2006 crises, TL now chairs G7+ for two years *DID giver birth to ‘Dili Declaration’ *Monteiro: “Resolution on promotion will be out within six months” *Two F-FDTL Marine ships to arrive next month *Fernandes: “Human resources needed to improve PNTL institution” *Chinese Govt ready to support F-FDTL *UN-APCICT and Govt hold TIK training to improve capacity development *PSD failed to meet to discuss Zacarias-Xanana issues *Agio to explain the SMS from Minister Da Costa today *If Zacarias resigned, PM Gusmão’s ready to call an early election

National News:

*President Horta will give pardon to Salsinha and his men next month

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos has said that he had planned to give pardon to the ex-Rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and his men in May, next month.

President Horta said that Salsinha and his men were eligible to be pardoned as they were the victim of the 2006 military crisis as well.

“I am waiting for recommendation from the Government and my advisors, but I think they are eligible to be pardoned as their case been tried in the court,” President Horta said.

The president added that decision made to give pardon was not aimed to interven the country’s judicial system, but it was made based on the humanity aspect.

Gastão Salsinha and his men were sentenced by the Dili District Court to be imprisoned 8-16 years, because they had engaged in the attempted assassination case against President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão on 11th February 2008.

*Horta: “Establishment of an international tribunal will affect TL-Indonesia relationship”

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has said that establishment of an international tribunal for Timor-Leste will badly affect the relationship of Timor-Leste and Indonesia in the future.

“The country’s security will be shaken if international tribunal is going to be established in the country and the relationship between Indonesia and Timor-Leste will be distant,” President Horta said.

President Horta made the comment Friday during the G7+ Dili International Dialogue on peace-building and state-building.

President Horta said that state leaders will continue holding dialog with its closest neighboring country Indonesia in order to avoid bad implication to the local resident who are staying near the border as well as the Timorese students who are studying in Indonesia.

President Horta also said that the state leaders of both governments have obligation to find best way to contribute to the security of their citizens.

*TL appreciates support of donors to develop the country

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Ramos Horta has said Friday that the state of Timor-Leste appreciates the support thus far provided by the development partners in the efforts of building the country after its separation from Indonesia in 1999.

President Jose Ramos Horta said that the support of the development partners have been very positive in the efforts of developing the country.

President Horta said the help of the development partners has helped the Timorese people to resolve its problems in multiple aspects.

Ramos Horta also called on the development partners to make assessment on their assistance so far, including ease of administration of the grants, so that it can better benefit the people of Timor-Leste.

*Minister Pires: “Timor-Leste has unique experience to resolve problem”

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Finance and Planning Minister, Emilia Pires, has said that Timor-Leste has a unique experience to resolve its social problems.

Minister Pires made the comment yesterday in the G7+ International dialog on peace and state building describing the manner used by the Government to resolve Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and petitioners.

Pires said that the situation in the country was under control after the Government resolved the IDPs and the petitioners’ problem at once.

Minister Pires said that the Government had created public investment by creating employments, reforming the country’s defense and security including increasing remuneration of the Timorese National Police and Army officers.

Minister Pires said that the G7+ International Dialog is positive to the Timor-Leste Government as it was part of its contribution to strengthen peace and stability in the country.

*Police detained a person in Manufahi for threatening a teacher

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Manufahi District Police has detained a person as he was alleged of threatening a teacher of Junior High School in Daisua village of Same sub-district, Manufahi.

Manufahi District Police Commander Sub-Inspector Marcos Sequeira has confirmed that the alleged person had threatened his wife who is a teacher because of family problem.

The threat was made by ZR had affected the examination process of the local students.

“ZR demonstrated his bad attitude when the examination was going on and therefore it has implicated the examination process but the local police responded immediately to stop it,” Sub-Inspector Sequeira said.

Sequeira added that the person is now detained in Manufahi Police’s detention center waiting for further legal process.

*Minister Da Costa did not take part in DID

*Suara Timor-Lorosa’e, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Due to psychological pressure, Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa failed to attend Frieday’s meeting of Dili International Dialogue in which delegations from 45 countries in attendance.

Friday’s meeting was also attended by national leaders such as President Ramos Horta, Prime Minister Gusmão, Bishop Basílio do Nascimento of Baukau, former Prime Minister Marí Alkatiri, members of Parliament, members of Government, Timorese ambassadors, and diplomatic corps, including national and international NGOs.

MP Adérito Hugo da Costa said that he was concerned about the absence of Minister Da Costa in a such important event.

“If he had any psychological problem he should tell others because the meeting was really important and that President, Prime Minister, majority of the ministers and ambassadors were here but the Minister of Foreign Affairs was absent,” said Da Costa.

According to Da Costa, the absence of Minister Da Costa showed his lack of respect of the DID meeting.

*Due its success of overcoming 2006 crises, TL now chairs G7+ for two years

*Suara Timor-Lorosa’e, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s Minister of Finance Emília Pires is now the chairwoman for the countries involved in G7+ of the fragile countries due to Timor-Leste’s success in overcoming issues related to 2006 crises such as IDPs and petitioners.

Coalition government has said that stability in the country after 2006 was secured by the AMP ruling government led by Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmão.

Former Prime Minister Marí Alkatiri, who was forced to resign in 2006 by former President and the current Prime Minister, said that stability in the country is partly credited to his party.

He said that his party Fretilin did not want to use undemocratic means, such as conflict and violence, to grab power.

“In the nutshell, it is the opposition that creates stability. In the past small parties used violence because they wanted to rule prematurely. If Fretilin followed their foot-steps no one is going to handle it in Timor-Leste. So, everyone should thank Fretilin (for stability),” said Alkatiri.

The member states of G7+ are Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Ivory Cost, Haiti, Afghanistan, Liberia, and Timor-Leste.

The last chairperson of G7+ was Congo’s Regional Planning Minister Armand K. Boorey.

The next G7+ meeting will be held in Seoul, South Korea in October 2011.

Minister Pires said that Timor-Leste will do its best to contribute to the process of rebuilding fragile countries.

The G7+ forum has been seen as a medium in which members states share their experiences in developing their countries after years of bitter conflicts.

*DID giver birth to ‘Dili Declaration’

*Timor Post, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s Minister for Finance and Planning Emilia Pires has said Saturday that the delegation of the Dili International Dialogue had given birth to what is now known as “Dili Declaration.”

According to Minister Pires, the Dili Declaration sets out four important areas like capacity development, aid instruments, planning process, and political dialogue which should be taken into account by both donors and fragile counties.

Pires added that the fragile states had also elaborated a document called “Statement by the G7+” at the end of their meeting which defines strategies to reduce poverty.

Meanwhile Regional Planning Minister of the Democratic Republic Congo, Armand K. Borrey, said that the “Statement by the G7+” was positive as it will better strengthen relationship between fragile states and donors.

A representative of the United Kingdom, Bella Bird, said that the Dili International Dialogue had created a blueprint of action plan for G7+ member states prior to its next meeting in Seoul, South Korea in October 2011.

France’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Philipe Zeller, who spoke on behalf of the European Union and the international donors, congratulated the Timorese Government in facilitating the dialogue, adding that the dialogue would be a good example for the European countries to follow in order to create a good relationship with donors in helping fragile states.

*Monteiro: “Resolution on promotion will be out within six months”

*Timor Post, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro has said that he had talked with the State Secretary for Security Francisco Guterres to release new resolution within the period of six months on new promotion to the demoted police.

Monteiro said that the second promotion test is organized by the Government’s Secretariat of State for Security.

However, Monteiro has said that he had talked with the Secretary of State to issuer resolution of promotion six months ahead so that the PNTL can make necessary preparation and adjustment for the second promotion test.

“I have talked with the State Secretary for Security Francisco Guterres to release resolution immediately and to determine the date so that we can prepare our team for second rank promotion,” Commissioner Monteiro said.

In the first promotion test held earlier this year, around 90% of the PNTL members were promoted while the rest 10% had contested the promotion labeling it as unfair.

In an incident, Secretary of State for Security was challenged in front of the Government’s Palace by disgruntled PNTL members who were not promoted or even demoted.

A close source of the Secretary of State for Security said that the Government would allow those who were not happy with the promotion to leave the PNTL.

The promotion test has also got severe criticisms from members of Parliament, saying that the procedure was clear and that it was too early to do promotion.

*Two F-FDTL Marine ships to arrive next month

*Timor Post, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Defense, Júlio Tomás Pinto, has confirmed that the two battle ships destined to the Timorese Marine Unit will arrive in Timor-Leste in May.

Pinto said that the two ships are now ready to be released to Timor-Leste but the Chinese Government is now seeking for two big cargo ships for shipping the two ships to the country.

“The Chinese Government is seeking for two big ships in order to ship the two ships to Timor-Leste,” Pinto said.

He added, “The constructions of the two F-FDTL Marine ships have been completed with modern facilities and are ready to be sent to the country.”

Pinto explained that F-FDTL Marine officers who attended training in China in relation to the operation and maintenance of the ships are ready to operate the ships to control the Timorese water.

*Fernandes: “Human resources needed to improve PNTL institution”

*Timor Post, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police Commander, Superintendent, Mateus Fernandes, has said that it was important to the Government to better improve human resources within the Timorese National Police (PNTL) institution so that the officers can carry out their work optimally in the future.

“Improving human resources like professionalizing the national police officers is important so that they can undertake their duty based on the law and order and more professionally in the future,” Fernandes said.

Fernandes also recognized the Government’s attention paid to the national police institution, particularly in reshuffling the PNTL’s structure.

*Chinese Govt ready to support F-FDTL

*Timor Post, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto has said that he and the Timorese Marine Force Commander, Colonel Pedro Klamar Fuik had met with the Chinese Defense Minster talking on the F-FDTL and Chinese Army relationship in the future.

“I went to China to talk about friendship ties between the Timorese and Chinese Army, particularly about training for the F-FDTL officers with the Chinese Defense minister,” Pinto said.

Pinto added that the meeting with the Chinese Defense minister was positive as they were ready to train the F-FDTL officers in the future.

“Chinese Army is ready to professionalize the Timorese Army in the future,” Pinto said.

Secretary of State Pinto also said that Chinese Government would allocated US$1 million to build infrastructure for the ships, including improvement of their weaponry.

“The Government of China pledged to provide US$1 million to buy equipments of the Defense Force and the construction of the headquarters for the country’s defense force,” said Pinto.

*UN-APCICT and Govt hold TIK training to improve capacity development

*Timor Post, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

A press release state that the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and the Timorese Government’s officials from the National Direction of Information and Technology of Infrastructure Ministry had conducted training on capacity development, particularly at the information and technology area.

The objective of the training was to improve the Government’s official’s knowledge so that they can undertake their work optimally in the future as it is part of support to the socio-economic sustainability in the country.

The press said that the training was started on the April 6th and ended on 9th. The total participants of the training were 60 that were come from seven ministries, UMINT staffs 12 districts including some International NGOs in the country.

Meanwhile, APCICT’s Vice Director, Kim Ki-Kwon has said that his part will continue cooperate with the Timorese Government to widespread such academic training program in the country in order to support TIK development policy in Timor-Leste.

Ki-Kwon said that APCICT will continue support DNICT train and produce more local trainer through local training program.

*PSD failed to meet to discuss Zacarias-Xanana issues

*Suara Timor-Lorosa’e, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

It is reported that Socialist Democratic Party (PSD) failed to meet last week in order to discuss the tension involving the party’s President Zacarias Albano da Costa and Prime Minister Gusmão.

A PSD leader has said that only three people attended the meeting and therefore it was to reach a decision about the case.

“The position of Minister Zacarias is now under pressure because up to date there is no meeting in which PSD leaders can discuss about the case,” said the source.

Minister of Justice Lúcia Lobato has said that she would try to mediate a dialogue between Prime Minister Gusmão and Minister Da Costa, adding that the problem will not affect the coalition government.

It is believed that Gusmão was an important figure behind the establishment of the party back in early 2000.

As a splinter of historic parties like UDT and Fretilin, it is said that there are some figures who are more pro Gusmão in the PSD party.

During the last PSD congress, in which Minister Da Costa was elected as President, there was also disagreement about the process, allowing a former MP of PSD, Fernando Gusmão (not related to PM Gusmão) to form a new party, National Development Party (PDN).

*Agio to explain the SMS from Minister Da Costa today

*Suara Timor-Lorosa’e, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

A local newspaper has reported that Secretary of State for Council of Ministers Hermenegildo ‘Agio’ Pereira will have a press briefing today to explain the polemics of the short message service (SMS) believed to be sent by Minister for Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano da Costa to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão.

It is reported that on March 24, Minister Da Costa sent an SMS to an adviser to PM Gusmão about tendering his resignation from the position as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, following a sharp disagreement with Prime Minister Gusmão to call all Timorese ambassadors posted outside to attend the Dili International Dialogue.

It is said that during a meeting of Council of Ministers, it was decided to call home all ambassadors to attend the dialogue.

However, Minister Zacarias did not attend the meeting.

Based on the meeting, the office of Prime Minister sent out invitation to all ambassadors outside to come home to attend the Dili International Dialogue.

Hearing that ambassadors were invited to come, Minister Da Costa sent out emails to the diplomats not to come.

Prime Minister Gusmão then ordered the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms Vicky Tchong to call ambassadors to attend the two meetings.

After that, Minister Zacarias did not only want to resign but he said he would fire his director general.

It is said that on the night of March 24, 2010, Minister Da Costa sent an SMS to an advisor of PM Gusmão, threatening to resign from his post.

Prime Minister Gusmão became so indignant with the threat of resignation from Minister Da Costa.

“Prime Minister was very angry as it was hard for him to take the threat of resignation,” said the source.

“I cannot tolerate any minister threatens me because I have handled the difficult situation for more than two years. So, whoever wants to get out, please get out; I am expecting letter of resignation,” said the source repeating the statement of PM Gusmão.

*If Zacarias resigned, PM Gusmão’s ready to call an early election

*Suara Timor-Lorosa’e, April 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmão would likely to declare an early election if Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa formally tendered his resignation.

“If Minister Zacarias did not apologize, Prime Minister Xanana could declare an early election because the Prime Minister is ready to have resignation letter from Dr. Zacarias,” said a reliable source in the Council of Ministers.

Minister Zacarias is the current President of Socialist Democratic Party (PSD), replacing the founder of the party Eng. Mário Viegas Carrascalão.

According to the source, Prime Minister Gusmão has recently instructed his security guards not to allow Minister Da Costa into the Palace of the Government.

President Ramos Horta has said that Minister Zacarias has performed well on his job and asked Gusmão government to find solutions to the problem in order to save the coalition.

“I see that Minister Zacarias is competent in his works and therefore there should be peace between them or they should roast a chicken with tua sabu (traditional Timorese gin) to celebrate the peace,” said President Horta.

He said asked government officials not to believe in the existence of the SMS which is said to be sent by Minister Da Costa to PM Gusmão.

Vice Prime Minister for Management of State Administration, founder and former president of PSD, Mário Viegas Carrascalão said that he was concerned about the adviser to PM who had acted as if he or she was the spokesperson for the government.

Carrascalão said that there was no problem at all between Minister Da Costa and Prime Minister Gusmão because he was unaware of the problem.

“If he wanted to resign, at least he should let me know as the founder of the party,” he added.

Former Prime Minister Marí Alkatiri who was ousted in 2006 said that if Gusmão called for an early election, his party is ready to rule again.

“I am not interested in talking about their problem however if Xanana declared an early election we are ready and expect to rule,” said Alkatiri.

He also said that Fretilin does not want to take advantage of the friction within the government to usurp power but the party is waiting for the people’s judgment in the coming 2012 elections.

“Fretilin does not want to take advantage the conflict within the government to usurp power,” said Alkatiri.

Lúcia Lobato, Minister of Justice and Vice President of PSD, said that she should mediate dialogue between PM Gusmão and his colleague Minister Da Costa to find solution to the problem.

She said that the PSD is still firm with its position to form the coalition government led by Prime Minister Gusmão.

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