Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS For April 16, 2010

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TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Local and International Media Monitoring - For April 16, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*US Marine Force train Timorese Water police and civil security guard of Dili harbor *Govt will not approves development plan for Greater Sunrise *Govt sign agreement with Ensul Company to design Kolmera as attractive place *Govt approves new inter-ministry commission to manage rural development *Prosecutor Pessoa calls on witnesses to fearlessly give their testimony to lawyers *PDHJ ready to support KAK to block way of corruption *It is possible for Timor-Leste to joint with ASEAn rather than PNG *MP Borges: “President Horta should not use his prerogative power to cover truth” *MP Borges: “It’s too early to grant pardon to Salsinha and his men” *Prosecutor Pessoa: It’s time to have a law on granting pardon *Moral consciousness of all people are needed to reduce prostitution in the country *US-New Zealand forces rehabilitated Elementary School of Farol *New recruitment process of PNTL is in discussion process *Commissioner Monteiro is hospitalized *TBC and malaria have caused seven people dead *PM Gusmão wanted an independent person to be president of CCITL *Ministry of Health to contract 20 midwives from Indonesia *Xanana recognizes challenges in PNTL promotion *Discussion of bill of domestic violence canceled

National News:

*US Marine Force train Timorese Water police and civil security guard of Dili harbour

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The US Marine Force has professionalizing the Timorese Water Police, civil security guard and of Dili harbor staffs in order to prevent a possible infiltration of terrorists to the country.

The US Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Hans Kleem, has said that it possible for the terrorists to infiltrate the country trough the harbor because harbor is a main gate where export and import activity take place, therefore the US Government in collaboration the Timorese Government professionalizing the TL Marine Police, civil security and harbour staffs to keep security in the harbor. “There is a possibility for terrorist to infiltrate the country through the harbor,” Kleem said.

The Ambassador Kleem added that his Government will continue cooperating with the Timorese Government to better develop the work in the Dili harbor.

The participants were trained to hold check point to the people and the cars in and out the harbor.

*Govt will not approves development plan for Greater Sunrise

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Council of Ministers, Hermenegildo Pereira, has said that the Timorese Government will not support development plan of Woodside Company to construct pipeline from the Greater Sunrise to Australian and floating LNG.

Pereira made the comment because negotiation for pipeline installation been approving in the agreement made by the Government and the Woodside Company.

Pereira said that the Woodside Company has no choice to build pipeline to Australia rather than the Company should establish pipeline to Timor-Leste.

*Govt sign agreement with Ensul Company to design Kolmera as attractive place

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Government has signed a contract with the Portuguese Ensul Company to design Kolmera to suit gorgeous place.

A press release stated that the Ensul Company will raise Kolmera as attractive place as it is part of country’s development process and will profits Timorese people in the future.

The press said that construction of hotels and houses in Kolmera will be based on the present stile in order to facilitate foreigners who will visit the country.

*Govt approves new inter-ministry commission to manage rural development

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Government in the meeting of the Council of Ministers has approved new inter-ministry commission to manage rural development projects.

A press release stated that the role of the commission is to verify some important requirements for municipality decentralization in the thirteen districts.

Besides that the government also sign contract with Sun Shine Petrol Company to furnish petrol to the Electricity division for two months.

The Government also approved private investment law, special status investment of agencies and regulation for private investment.

*Prosecutor Pesoa calls on witnesses to fearlessly give their testimony to lawyers

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Prosecutor General, Ana Pesoa Pinto, has called on the public, particularly to the witnesses to bravely provide their testimonies to the lawyer in the trial process in order to process any case based on law and order.

“Witnesses should be fearlessly providing their testimonies to lawyers based on what they see or hear in the trial process,” Pesoa said.

Pesoa made the comment yesterday in the governance democratic forum held in the President Palace of Nicolau Lobato in Aitarak-Laran, Dili.

The title of the forum was “Together we grow democracy.”

Meanwhile, a presenter in the forum, Carmelita Moniz, has said that the Government’s institution has responsibility to socialize the existing law to the community, so that they can comprehend the law well.

“It is important to the Government to socialize the law been approved and is applying in the country, so that all people can understand well function of the law, moreover people can know the method used to try any case in the court,” Moniz said.

*PDHJ ready to support KAK to block way of corruption

*Timor Post, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Human Right and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) Sebastião Dias Ximenes, has said that he will support the anti-corruption commission (KAK) to block the way of corruption practice in the country.

“PDHJ will continue supporting the KAK to hamper people to engage in corruption practices,” Ombudsmen Ximenes said.

Ximenes said that PDHJ will prioritize three important activities such as monitoring investigation and public education during his mandate.

Ximenes recognized that he had not undertake his role well during his mandate during four last year based on the Constitution’s Article No. 150 and 151 because there was no judiciary techniques that could support PDHJ to analyze and verify unconstitutional things.

He also thanked those people who had criticized him as it was a motivation to him to make self improvement.

“An institution is not belong to a certain person neither nor mine, and therefore I will receive all opinion from all sides with the objective to better develop PDHJ in the future,” Dimenes said.

*It is possible for Timor-Leste to joint with ASEAn rather than PNG

*Timor Post, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Director Secretary of Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN) for Security and Politic, Termsak Charlermpalanupap, has said that Timor-Leste has great potency and is possible to joint with the ASEAN rather than Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Mr. Charlermpalanupap made the comment in an Invent meeting held at Ambara Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Mr. Charlermpalanupap added that the security situation in Timor-Leste is now been improving and therefore he called for the Timorese Government to better maintain this situation in order to obtain it dream or expectation.

“I have visited Timor-Leste three times but at the two first of my visit, the situation in Timor-Leste was yet to calm, but at the third time of my visit to the country for participating a ceremony of launching ASEAN Secretary in Timor-Leste,” Mr. Charlermpalanupap said.

*MP Borges: “President Horta should not use his prerogative power to cover truth”

*Timor Post, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN) has called on President Jose Ramos Horta no to use his prerogative power to give pardon to ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and his men since judicial process for their case is still ongoing.

“We should not use law to wrap or hide the truth. It is true that the constitution guarantees the President to give pardon but the court has not make final decision on this case yet,” MP Borges said.

MP Borges stressed that President Horta can give pardon to Salsinha and his men after the Appellate Court make final decision on this case.

However, MP Natalino dos Santos from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) has said that President Horta has power to give pardon to any prisoner.

“President Horta has power to give pardon to any prisoners,” MP dos Santos said.

Dos Santos added that as a Timorese citizen, Salsinha has the right to get pardon from the president like other prisoners who have been pardoned by president.

Director of the Timorese Judicial System and Monitoring Program (JSMP), Luis de Oliveira, has recently said that JSMP disagreed with the President Horta’s intention to give pardon to Salsinha and his men as it was too early to do so.

“We are totally against the President Horta’s plan, because this case is still in the process,” Oliveira said.

*MP Borges: “It’s too early to grant pardon to Salsinha and his men”

*Diário Nacional April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Fernanda Mesquita Borges from National Unity Party (PUN) has said Thursday that it is still too early for President Horta to grant pardon to Salsinha and his men as the process is still ongoing at the Court of Appeal.

“I don’t agree with the decision of the President to pardon Salsinha and his men. The president has moved too far (into the case) because as far as I know they are still appealing for the case,” said Borges.

According to Borges, Horta’s intention to grant pardon to Salsinha and his men can be considered as an attempt to free them from prison, adding that such attempt is wrong.

Borges added that in order to get political support from members of Parliament, President Ramos Horta had intention to call bench party leaders, which she sees as political conspiracy to cover up the truths about the crises of 2006.

“I heard that he invited bench leaders and ask their opinion about the intention of the president to grant pardon to Salsinha and his group and I urge them not to cover up the those who involved in the crises but if they indeed conspire to cover it up and if it breeds new crises, they should be held responsible,” she said.

She questioned whether Salsinha and others were to be freed in order to be used again by other politicians in the future as their henchmen.

She added that based on the Constitution the president can give pardon but it should not be used to cover up the truth and to intervene into the court process.

“We should not use law to cover up the truth. The Constitution stipulates that the president can grant pardon but the process of the court is not final yet,” said the politician.

President Horta has said recently that he was a victim in 2008 and he believed that Salsinha and his men were also victims of the process.

However, Borges said that though he was a victim he should not mix his personal problem with the problem of the state.

According to her, the president is destroying the foundations of judicial system Timor-Leste.

“A functional justice system is not only for us who are living in the country right now but it is also the needs of the need of anyone living here in the future and if the president destroys everything what should happen in the future,” said Borges.

Salsinha was sentenced to 9 years and 4 months imprisonment for leading the attack of Prime Minister’s convoy in 2008.

Salsinha and his lawyers had filed their appeal at the court of appeal against the verdict of the Dili District Court.

The office of public prosecution also had appealed against the decision in which a Timorese-born Australian Angelita Pires was acquitted.

*Prosecutor Pessoa: It’s time to have a law on granting pardon

*Timor Post, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Prosecutor General, Ana Pessoa, has said Thursday that it is now time for the National Parliament to legislate law on pardon in order to give an end to extended discussion and disagreement on granting pardon to prisoners by the president of the Republic.

“We cannot argue whether it is based on law or not since the reality shows that there is no law (on granting pardon). So I think all of us should be calm not to politicize (pardon). It’s now the time to produce the law and I am in support of this,” the Prosecutor General said.

PG Pessoa said that it was important to implement law of pardon in the country, adding that pardon implemented from the first president up to this time was merely based on the Constitution.

In relation to the issue of pardoning Salsinha and his men, Pessoa said that justice should not be politicized

“We should not say that President Horta’s plan is not based on the law, and therefore all people should think about this case with calmly and should not police the fact,” PG Pessoa said.

Meanwhile, MP Carmelita Moniz from the National Congress for the Timorese reconstruction (CNRT) has said that the arguments of politician and lawyer had always been different because the lawyer has always talk based on the law but that is not the case with politicians.

MP Moniz has also called on all people to abide by law in order to guarantee democratic system in the country.

MP Moniz added that President Horta’s plan to give pardon to Salsinha was implemented based on social politic though it make people to lost their confidence in the judicial system in the country.

“I know well that the Timorese Constitution guarantee President Horta to give pardon to prisoners and it is not the first time for him to do so,” MP Moniz said.

*Moral consciousness of all people are needed to reduce prostitution in the country

*Timor Post, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Father Pankratius Rehi Kandelu C, MF, has said that moral consciousness of all people is really needed to reduce prostitution number in the country.

Fr. Kandelu made the comment regarding the prostitution number in the country is staying in high in which those prostitutes were coming from Indonesia, China, Thailand and other countries, and therefore he called on the competent part like Immigration Police to respond to this case immediately, otherwise this immoral attitude will affect the Timorese young women.

“The Government through the Immigration Police should identify the objective of the foreigners visit as it is part of reducing prostitution number in the country,” Priest Kandelu said.

He also called on the Government to create field work to the youths, formal training, adding that it is important for the parents to better parenting their children in order to stay away from this immoral attitude.

*US-New Zealand forces rehabilitated Elementary School of Farol

*Timor Post, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta recognize the work of the US and New Zealand force as they had rehabilitated Elementary School of Farol with a high quality.

“Work carried out by the 25 force compost of the US and New Zealand officers to rehabilitate this elementary school including building of the National University (UNTL) and still other building has completed with a positive result and high quality,” President Horta said.

President Horta also thanked the US and New Zealand Embassy, particularly to their support of rehabilitating the elementary school of Farol to better facilitate the students to conduct their teaching and learning process well in the future.

President Horta also called on the teachers in Farol elementary school to undertake their work well to educate the students as they are the future generation of the country.

*New recruitment process of PNTL is in discussion process

*Timor Post, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, has confirmed that new recruitment process for the new National Police officers in now in the discussion process.

“Recruitment process for new PNTL officer in now in the discussion process,” Guterres said.

Guterres said that soon after the discussion, he will announce the result of discussion to the public, because they are forming a team to analyze the documents of recruits.

Guterres added that the Government is now trying to cooperate with another country in order to send their physical-technique staffs to test the new recruiters.

He also said that the recruitment will be based on some criteria such as the recruiter should has intellectual, psychology, physical capability, when they want to compete in the recruitment.

“The recruiters who want to compete in the recruitment should fulfil this criteria that they should have intellectual, Psychology, and physical capability,” Guterres said.

Meanwhile, the Timorese Operational Commander, Superintendent Chief, Mateus Fernandes, has recently said that PNTL need to recruit 250 people more to complete PNTL officers’ number.

“It is true that the PNTL commando has planed to hold new recruitment for 250 people at the first step, adding that PNTL will conduct recruitment every year,” Fernandes said.

*Commissioner Monteiro is hospitalized

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro was hospitalizing on Wednesday at 11:30 and he in not attending intensive treatment at the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV) at VIP.

Monteiro’s health condition has been recuperating, but it was not clear that what kind of disease that had caused the hospitalization of Commissioner Monteiro.

Staff of Monteiro’s office said that Monteiro was taken to the hospital due to he got faint at his office.

*TBC and malaria have caused seven people dead

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Maubisse Referral Hospital Director, Doctor Horácio Sarmento da Costa has confirmed that there were seven people head dead in 2009 due to suffer form tuberculoses and malaria disease.

Da Costa said that those seven patients were from Ainaro District and their old were more than 40 years old.

Da Costa added that they dead due to they had not seriously took the medicine provided by medical staffs.

Da Costa said that TB and Malaria disease was easy to infect people, particularly to those people in rural areas and worse then that was they had not take an immediate medical check up when they had suffer these diseases.

Meanwhile, a nurse said that patient number of TB and Malaria in the Maubisse Referral Hospital were still in high and fallowed by ISPA disease up to this month.

According to two patients of TB, Agapito Mendonça and Maria Noronha have said that they felt their health condition become worst, but it getting better after they attend medical treatment in the Maubisse Referral; Hospital.

“We feel our health condition had become worst at first, but we feel better now after we attend medical treatment,” Mendonça and Noronha said.

*PM Gusmão wanted an independent person to be president of CCITL

*Diário Nacional April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCITL) is holding congress to elect its new president but according to a local business close to the Prime Minister has hinted that the Prime Minister Gusmão wanted to an independent person to be the future president of the Chamber due to concern that there is lack of unity amongst national businessmen.

“Prime Minister wanted the future president of the CCITL should be from independent because there is no unity among entrepreneurs,” said president of Luz Clarita Company, Aleixo ‘Cobra’ da Costa Ximenes.

However, the president of the organizing committee of the Congress, Vicente Maubocy, has said that the door for the independent candidates is closed as s/he may not understand the situation of national entrepreneurship.

The candidates of the government are João Mariano Saldanha, Ph.D, Helder da Costa, Ph.D, and Aurélio Guterres, Ph.D.

There are two candidates from the Chamber namely Timorese Businessman Ricardo Nheu and Jorge ‘Tahi-lalat’ Serrano.

The incumbent President of the Chamber is Júlio Alfaro and he has been in the office for four years.

The CCITL is funded by the government and has been significant partner of the government in many areas such as rice importation, referendum package projects, and purchase of tractors to farmers.

*Ministry of Health to contract 20 midwives from Indonesia

*Diário Nacional April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Director General of the Ministry of Health Agapito da Silva has said Thursday that the government will contract 20 Indonesian midwives in order to fill the gap of human resources in the country.

Da Silva said that in the country there are only 600 midwives and that this number is not sufficient to provide medical assistance all villages and sub-villages in Timor-Leste.

There are 442 villages in Timor-Leste. According to Da Silva, the contract of 20 Indonesian midwives will be done after the revised state budget is approved.

Based on the plan of the Ministry, these midwives will be under contract until we have sufficient human resources in 2011 or possibly 2012.

*Xanana recognizes challenges in PNTL promotion

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister who is also Minister for Defense and Security Kayrala Xanana Gusmão has admitted that there were challenges in the promotion of PNTL recently.

“Several weeks ago we were preoccupied with the issue of PNTL promotion which turned out to be a big problem,” said Gusmão recently in a meeting of Council of Ministers.

He then asked disgruntled PNTL members to remain calm and give their dedication to the country because they might be promoted in the next promotion sessions.

He said he would work together with the commission of promotion to find solution to the problem by setting up a clear and credible criterion.

“We are going to remove the burden to create calm within the police,” said the Defense and Security Minister.

The promotion on 27 March 2010 was based on a paper-based test in early 2010.

Many critics say that the paper-based test alone was insufficient to determine promotion.

Members of the National Parliament have been critical of the promotion, suggesting that it should have clear and balanced criteria for promotion.

Abílio da Silva, a PNTL officer from Vikeke, said yesterday that he was fired by the Minister of Defense and Security because of involving in a case of domestic violence.

Family of Valdir Correira, a young man who was shot by a PNTL member on December 28, 2009, said that the suspect is still free and has questioned the seriousness of the Minister of Defense in finding solution to the case.

*Discussion of bill of domestic violence cancelled

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The discussion of the bill of domestic violence was cancelled Thursday because there was not met by the members of the Committee A of the National Parliament.

The members of the Committee A of the National Parliament are Fernando Borges (PUN/President), Vitál dos Santos (PD/Vice President), Antoninho Bianco (Fretilin), Cornélio ‘L-7’ Gama (UNDERTIM), Carmelita Moniz (CNRT), Adriano do Nascimento (PD), Domingos Sarmento (Fretilin), Hermes Barros (PSD), and Natalino dos Santos (CNRT).

“I confirmed with them that they would come for discussion but I don’t know why they didn’t show up,” said the President of the Committee A.

“The discussion in the committee has to meet quorum because sometimes we have to vote on certain issues and given that the committee has seven members, we need five members to have the quorum,” she added.

Borges said that most of the MPs who did not come were from the AMP coalition.

In the first legislature, MPs excused that one of the reasons of their tardiness to get into plenary and committee was car.

However, the members of the parliament are now facilitated with luxury cars, especially from the coalition.

The opposition, such as FRETILIN, PUN, and PPT-KOTA declined to use controversial vehicles purchased by the Parliament.

The members have huge amount of salary which is US$2,500 per month, which is very high for the poorest country in Southeast Asian.

Based on 2007 survey, the population of Timor-Leste has US$0.88 per capita per day. The poverty rate in the country has also increased from 36.3 percent in 2001 to 49.9 percent in 2007.

The bill of domestic violence is expedient to be debated thoroughly and passed by the National Parliament because almost half of the case registered at existing courts in Timor-Leste is related to domestic violence.

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