Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWSFor April 13, 2010

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Local and International - For April 13, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*Govt publicizes Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister’s SMS *PSD will abandon AMP if PM Gusmão expels Minister da Costa without clear reason *Ameerah Haq-Horta discussed about DID result *PM Gusmão expel Timorese Foreign Affairs Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa *PM Gusmão lost confidence in Minister da Costa, PSD walks out the Parliament *Austrian Govt committed to supporting Timor-Leste *JSMP-HAK: Pardon granted to Salsinha and his men should based on law *Security responsibility in Ainaro had been transferred by UN Police *Agio Pereira: Minister Da Costa did wrote the SMS *PSD bench leader: “PSD will leave coalition if Minister da Costa is expelled” *PSD walked-out when Pereira presented bill of State Protocols *Fretilin alleged Govt to have sold rotten rice to the people *JICA sends two volunteers cooperation to Timor-Leste

International News’ Headings:

*Gusmao lashes Australia for duplicity

National News:

*Govt publicizes Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister’s SMS

*Radio & Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Government through the State Secretary for the Council of Ministers has officially publicized the Short Message Service (SMS) of the Timorese Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa.

Pereira has confirmed that Foreign Minister da Costa had really sent an SMS to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão on last March 27th where the content of the SMS was about his resignation from his political post as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

“Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa has sent an SMS to Prime Minister’s Advisors saying that the Council of Ministers has quit his post and therefore he has no alternative to present his resignation letter to the Government, but his wanted to talk with PM Gusmão directly about this case,” State Secretary Pereira explain the content of the SMS.

Pereira added that PM Gusmão was dissatisfied with the Minister da Costa’s attitude because he had not consult with the Government, his party other state leaders before he announce his resignation through SMS.

The Government through the State Secretary Pereira has called on the Minister da Costa to present his resignation letter.

“PM Gusmão said that he can send his resignation letter. I do not want to be threatened by any minister. What I wander is we have to govern and serve the people with our humbleness and humility,” Pereira restated PM Gusmão’s words.

This polemic appeared because Minister da Costa dissatisfied with the invitation made by the Council of Minister to the Timorese foreign ambassadors to participate in the Dili International Dialog, but the invitation made was unknown to him.

*PSD will abandon AMP if PM Gusmão expels Minister da Costa without clear reason

*Radio & Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Chief of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) bench in the Parliament, MP Riak Leman has said that his party will abandon coalition party “AMP” if the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão will expel the for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa without clear reason.

“We have cooperated with the coalition party for many years but if Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão expels him as Minister for Foreign Affairs then we will abandon the coalition party,” MP Riak Leman said.

MP Riak Leman made the comment yesterday in the Parliamentary plenary session, because there had a polemic appear where the Timorese Foreign Affairs Minister da Costa had sent a Short Message Service to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão about his resignation.

MP Riak Leman also called on the Minister da Costa no to tender his resignation letter otherwise people will consider PSD will destroy the coalition party.

He added, “I though no need for Minister da Costa to tender his resignation letter and let the PM Gusmão expel him.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano da Costa is now undertaking his work as usual although many people had concerned about his post due to the SMS he sent to the PM Gusmão.

Meanwhile MP Pedro da Costa Mártires has said that this polemic appeared due to lack of coordination between the Government’s officials.

“This problem appeared due to lack of coordination between the Government officials, but I think this will not affect on the alliance parties,” MP Mártires said.

*Ameerah Haq-Horta discussed about DID result

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The United Nations Secretary General’s Representative to Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq has said that she had meet with President Jose Ramos Horta yesterday to discus about the result of the recent Dili International Dialog (DID) held recently.

“I meet with President Horta to talk on the result of the DID and the point of our discussion is about capacity building as this point is also prioritized in the Dili Declaration,” Ms. Haq said.

Ms. Haq added that besides from talking about the above point they also talked about the process of handing over security responsibility by the United Nations Police to the Ainaro District police.

“We also talked about process of handing over security responsibility to the Ainaro District Police and their preparation how they receive the responsibility from the UN Police,” Ms. Haq said.

*PM Gusmão expel Timorese Foreign Affairs Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary of the Council Ministers Hermenegildo Pereira has said that Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has decided to suspend the Timorese Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa from his current post.

“Based on the rule, any minister who had lost the confidence from the Government, he/she should be suspended by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão,” Pereira said.

Pereira said that PM Gusmão decided to dismiss Minister da Costa after he received a short message service (SMS) from Minister da Costa, threatening to resign from his post.

Pereira also said that PM Gusmão also called on Minister da Costa to tender his resignation letter.

PM Gusmão also said that did not want to be threatened by his ministers. “PM Gusmão has told that Minister da Costa can tender resignation letter and he does not want any minister to threaten him,” Pereira explained.

*PM Gusmão lost confidence in Minister da Costa, PSD walks out the Parliament

*Timor Post, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for the Council of Miters Hermenegildo Pereira has said that Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has lost his confidence in the Timorese Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa, because of the recent short message service (SMS) sent to PM Gusmão.

Pereira made the comment yesterday in a pres conference at the Government Palace.

Pereira added that based on the rules that any minister who has lost its confidence from the Government then Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has power to suspend him/her.

“Based on the rules that those ministers who lost his confidence from the Government then PM Gusmão has absolute power to suspend him/her from his post,” Pereira said.

Pereira said that Minister da Costa had really sent an SMS to PM Gusmão’s advisor on May 27th at 10:30 threatening to resign from his post.

“I want to talk with PM Gusmão, because they have disallowed me when I absent and therefore there is no alternative except I will tender my resignation,” Pereira explain the SMS of Minister da Costa.

Pereira added, “In April 1st the Minister da Costa sent another SMS and saying it is true that I have written a letter to PM Gusmão and it was urge PM Gusmão to respond my request if PM does not want to talk openly.”

Regarding to this case, Vice President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has said that Zacarias Albano da Costa has absolute power to made comment about his current position as a minister.

Meanwhile, MPs from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in the Parliament had walked out the Parliament when the State Secretary for Council of Ministers Hermenegildo Pereira present the Government’s proposed draft law about state’s protocol for the Parliament.

MP Maria Paixão from PSD has said that they walked out the Parliament when it was about to debate protocol draft law No 34/2010.

Paixão said that walked out due to they dissatisfied with the State Secretary of Council of Minister Hermenegildo Pereira’s present in the Parliament.

“We walk out the Parliament because we dissatisfy with Pereira’s present, moreover Minister da Costa has competence to defend himself in the Parliament,” Paixão said.

*Austrian Govt committed to supporting Timor-Leste

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 13, 2010 language source: Bahasa Indonesia

Austrian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Klaus Wolfer has said that the Austria Government has commitment to continue supporting the people of Timor-Leste.

“Austria has commitment to provide its support to the citizens of this country,” Wolfer said.

Wolfer said that bilateral ties between Timor-Leste and Austria are going on well.

Wolfer explained that the friendship ties of Timor-Leste and Austria started in 1994 when his country become host for dialog between Timorese people who were divided into political lines like being in favor of independence and in favor of autonomy with Indonesia.

Wolfer added that aids his country had provided to Timor-Leste through the International Red Cross were more focus on clean water.

*JSMP-HAK: Pardon granted to Salsinha and his men should based on law

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Judicial System and Monitoring Program (JSMP) Director, Luis de Oliveira, has said that the plan of President Jose Ramos Horta to give pardon to the ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and his men should be based on the law and the list presented by the Justice Ministry.

Oliveira said that the President Horta can give pardon to prisoners whose name was registered on the list of the Justice Ministry, adding that President should not only use his competence but he should adhere with the existing rule.

“We urge President Horta to give pardon to the prisoners based on the rule and he should not use his power to give pardon recklessly,” Oliveira said.

Meanwhile, the Program Manager of the Timorese Human Right Association (HAK) for Strengthening Law, Rogério Vicente Viegas, has said that the President Horta’s plan to give pardon to Salsinha and his men was seemed that president had put hand into the trial process in the court.

Although Viegas has considered President Horta had put hand into the trial process, but he agree with the president to give pardon to the prisoner based on the law.

“President planned to give pardon to prisoners should be based on the Law and the court decision,” Viegas said.

*Security responsibility in Ainaro had been transferred by UN Police

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

Ainaro District Police led by Inspector Constâncion de Carvalho yesterday had officially been handed security responsibility from the United Nations Police.

In his speech marking during the ceremony, the Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro, has said that the National Police should undertake its responsibility as the Government’s institution.

“The process of handing over security responsibility by the UN Police to the National Police will keep going during this year and it is a good step for the country’s security institution manage it self. I also thank the UN Police for their support so far,” Monteiro said.

Meanwhile, the United Integrated Nations Mission In Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Deputy, Finn Rieske-Nielson has said that this process of handing over security responsibility to the PNTL was the fifth one and he hopped that the PNTL officers could undertake their work more optimally to support the country’s development process in the future.

“I acknowledge your hard work and I believe that you will continue cooperate with the communities to strengthen well your relationship for a better future. I also called for the local residents to cooperate with the local police in security maintenance,” Nielson said.

At the same time the Representative of the State Secretary, Guilherminha Ribeiro, the Director of the DNSEP has said that the process of handing over security responsibility to the Ainaro District Police was positive as it had showed that the national police officers were capable to ensure national security as it was guarantee in the law for national security that approved by the Parliament recently.

*Agio Pereira: Minister Da Costa did wrote the SMS

*Diário Nacional April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

Secretary of State for Council of Ministers, Hermenegildo ‘Agio’ Pereira has confirmed in a press conference Monday that there two short message services (SMS) from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa.

According to Agio Minister Da Costa wrote two messages in Portuguese and the messages were sent to the office of Prime Minister respectively on March 27, 2010 and April 1, 2010.

It is reported that in the first message Minister Da Costa wrote to express his disappointment with the decision of the Council of Ministers in which it decided to invite all Timor-Leste ambassadors, permanent missions, and special envoys to attend Timor-Leste’s Development Partners’ Meeting and Dili International Dialogue of G7+.

When the decision was made, Minister Da Costa was outside the country, perceiving it as a bypass of his competence as public face of international diplomacy.

Disappointed with the decision, Minister Da Costa wrote he would tender his resignation to Prime Minister Gusmão upon his return.

Prime Minister Gusmão was really upset with the message as it was seen as ‘offensive’ and therefore immediately demanded Minister Da Costa’s letter of resignation.

“With all due respect we wrote back to Dr. Zacarias that Prime Minister Xanana was expecting the letter of resignation,” said Pereira, adding that the message was sent on March 31, 2010.

On the following day, Minister Da Costa replied that he was writing the letter however he wanted to ask a private audience with Prime Minister before handing his letter of resignation.

To date, Minister Da Costa has not tendered his resignation officially and his party has backed him not tender his resignation but let Prime Minister fire him to prompt the abandonment of the coalition by the PSD party.

Prime Minister Gusmão has gestured that his office is closed to Minister Da Costa and he even had instructed security guards not to let Minister Da Costa in the Government’s Palace.

It was said that Prime Minister Gusmão was so furious during the extraordinary meeting of Council of Minister on March 31, 2010 in which he said,” Send me now the letter of resignation. I don’t take spoils and threats from my ministers who they may be. If you want to rule the people, rule with humility, don’t rule with arrogance. My patience has it limit.”

Pereira also said that based on institutional procedures, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa is now suspended from the Government because Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has lost his trust on him.

“Institutional rules provide that any ministers who have lost confidence from Prime Minister s/he has faced suspension. Whether s/he presents her/himself or not, s/he cannot carry out any normal function until the situation is cleared,” said the spokesperson of the Gusmão Government.

*PSD bench leader: “PSD will leave coalition if Minister da Costa is expelled”

*Diário Nacional April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

PSD bench leader at the National Parliament, MP Vital de Jesus Tilman aka Riak Leman has stated in the plenary session Monday that his party would leave the coalition government led by Prime Minister Gusmão if the president of the party who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albarno da Costa is expelled from the Government.

“We have cooperated with the coalition party for many years but if Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão expels him as Minister for Foreign Affairs, we will abandon the coalition party,” MP Riak Leman said.

MP Riak Leman also called on the Minister da Costa not to tender his resignation letter because if he does so public opinion would judge that it was the party which initiates to dismantle the coalition.

“We had meeting and in it we told Minister Zacarias not to tender his resignation hoping to wait for Prime Minister Gusmão to expel him and it that’s the case, then we are going to leave the coalition.”

He also said that the government should not overtly concerned about lack of coordination between Minister Da Costa and PM Gusmão.

“I think the government should be concerned about the allegation of the opposition that the Minister of Finance has lost US$3 million,” said Riak Leman.

He said that in order to clarify the problem to the public, Prime Minister Gusmão should decide whether to sack Minister Da Costa or not instead of leaving the issue with his spokesperson to deal with it.

He also added that the party members are ready to defend the dignity of Minister Da Costa, who is also the President of the Socialist Democratic Party (PSD).

There are six members the Socialist Democratic Party in the parliament and the members exercised its first political protest over the political turmoil by a ‘walk-out’ when Agio Pereira presented a bill on state protocols.

Meanwhile MP Pedro da Costa Mártires from Gusmão’s party CNRT said that the polemic is merely caused by lack of coordination between the Government officials and that it should not lead to breakdown of the coalition.

“This problem is caused by merely lack of coordination between the Government officials but I think this will not affect on the alliance parties,” MP Mártires said.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano da Costa is now doing his business as usual though the government sources said that he has been suspended by Prime Minister Gusmão.

*PSD walked-out when Pereira presented bill of State Protocols

*Diário Nacional April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

Members of the Socialist Democratic Party (PSD) in the National Parliament made their political protest Monday by leaving the plenary session when the Government presented a bill on proceedings of State Protocols to the National Parliament.

According to the members, the bill was supposed to be presented by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa.

But it turned out that the bill was presented by the Secretary of State for Council of Ministers Hermenegildo ‘Agio’ Pereira.

“The bill should be defended by Minister of Foreign Affairs as it is under his competence but in the end it was Secretary of State for Council of Ministers who showed up, so for us it is better to leave the plenary and this walk out is a political protest,” said MP Maria Paixão, who is also the second Vice Speaker of the National Parliament.

She said that the walk is normal in many democratic countries but it is not intended as a way to block all government’s programs.

“We would like to say that the invitation sent by the National Parliament to the Government was to ask competent minister to make presentation of the bill if they are in the country but what happened was that it was Secretary of State for Council of Ministers who showed up regardless of order from the Prime Minister so we have our rights to walk out,” she said.

Asked by MPs about his presence in the National Parliament to present the bill on proceedings of state protocols, Pereira said that he was ordered by Prime Minister Gusmão to present to bill on behalf of the government.

The bill was approved in generality with 37 votes in favor, 0 against and 4 abstentions.

The PSD MPs were in the plenary session to do their political statement but when they saw that Pereira was there to present the bill on protocols they opted to walk out for the plenary session.

The walk out of the PSD MPs was the first walk out by a coalition party member after the political turbulence which involved the President of the party with the Prime Minister Gusmão.

*Fretilin alleged Govt to have sold rotten rice to the people

*Diário Nacional April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Elizário Ferreira from Fretilin has said Monday that the there is strong indication that the Government, via the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, is selling rotten rice to the people.

“Last Saturday, I myself went to the storage (Bebora) and I took some pictures with my mobile where I saw almost all the rice in the storage is rotten but the staff of the Ministry took the rice out and put it on a tarpaulin, tore away the old bag and then put the rice in new bags and later to sell it to the population with US$12,” said Ferreira.

According to Ferreira, the population has complained about the rice with such texture and the government should stop selling such rice to the population as it may harm their health.

“Almost all of the rice stored there are rotten and that local people has asked the Ministry not to sell the rice to them because the rice has very unpleasant smells,” he added.

MP Josefa Pereira stated that the government has wasted the money of the population to buy millions tones of rice but almost all the rice are now rotten in government-run store room.

“It is a lamentable situation for me to see how the Government sells such putrid rice to the population with US$15,” said MP Pereira.

MP Renan Selak of UNDERTIM shared also the same concern, saying that the government should find out solution to the problems of poor management of state rice and rice scarcity among the population, especially in remote areas of Timor-Leste.

They call for the dismissal of the Minister of Tourism, Commerce and Industry for being so spendthrift.

*JICA sends two volunteers cooperation to Timor-Leste

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has sent two volunteers, Shiso Shimoyana and Reiko Fujjnaga to Timor-Leste.

Both Shimoyana and Fujjnaga will work in the national NGO “Ba Futuru” starting from April 14th up to 12th October 2010.

Shimoyana and Fujjinaga’s role was to help instruct the Timorese youths to stay away from the violence and conflict and guide them to focus on the constructive demand for better future. . Publicada por Fábrica dos Blogs em <http://timorlorosaenacao.blogspot.com/2010/04/timor-leste-news_15.html>00:17 <www.blogger.com/email-post.g?blogID=7480044461303614384&postID=3756318425214545581>  <www.blogger.com/email-post.g?blogID=7480044461303614384&postID=3756318425214545581>


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