Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS May 14, 2010

TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Local and International - For May 14, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*President Horta visits Prosecutor General’s office *Pinto holds inspection into F-FDTL’s houses project construction in Metinaro *Council of Ministers approves resolution to establish development bank *Residents’ houses and properties washed away by flood in Manatuto *Govt urged to rehabilitate roads in Lekidoe *FSI does not put hand into GS pipeline issue *Govt release development package program today *AMP Govt officials should be unite until 2012 *Lao Hamutuk calls on state leaders not to attack one another *Flood destroys F-FDTL’s dormitory *Pires seeks for legal ways to respond to allegation *Council of Ministers approves PNTL promotion commission *Justice will not work well if Public Prosecution is weak: Horta *Minister Pires calls on Fretilin to stop abuse of power *President Horta releases “The Lost World of Timor-Leste”

National News:

*President Horta visits Prosecutor General’s office

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta yesterday held visit to the office of the Prosecutor General in Kolmera Dili to see difficulties faced by the Prosecutor Generals’s staffs in carrying out their work.

The objective of the President Horta’s visit was to provide moral and political support to the staffs of Prosecutor General so that they could carry out their work more optimally in the future.

President Horta said that the Government should better improve and care over the work of the legal aspect, so that the country’s judicial system can be run well.

“I am here to give my moral and political support to the staffs of Prosecutor General, because this institution is taking part in judicial aspect. Justice in the country will not implement well if the Prosecutor General lack of facilities and human resources that can support its staffs to carry out their work,” President Horta said.

President Horta also called on the Prosecutor General to collaborate with the Timorese Human Rights and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ), Anti-corruption Commission (KAK) in order to combat corruption practices in the country.

*Pinto holds inspection into F-FDTL’s houses project construction in Metinaro

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, yesterday held inspection into the project construction for a hundred houses for the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) officers in Metinaro.

The objective of the inspection was to see directly the project progress, adding that the project construction for a hundred houses was donated by the Chinese Government.

Pinto said he did believe that construction projects for the houses would be completed with high quality.

“I am here especially to see foundation for the houses, because according to technicians that quality of a house is depend on its foundation. They said that they will complete the houses the F-FDTL’s officers soon. I hope that they can complete this construction bases on the contrat they signed that they will complete the project in a fifteen months,” Pinto said.

In regard with the two ships for the Timorese Marine Force, he said that the Chinese Government would hand over two war ships to the Timorese Government on May 20th.

*Council of Ministers approves resolution to establish development bank

*Radio Timor-Leste, May 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Council of Ministers has approved resolution of establishing a national development bank in Timor-Leste.

The resolution is an official process aimed at setting up development bank in the country and that would be grouped as class A which will be financing the major capital for the private sectors.

The process of establishing the approved national development bank based on the requirements of judicial nature, accounting and finance.

This bank will be set up in partnership with public and private sectors with the major capital worth 51% from the state, 49 from other capital and the Bank Rakyat Indonesia will help administrate it.

*Residents’ houses and properties washed away by flood in Manatuto

*Radio Timor-Leste, May 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

Twenty two houses and their properties belong to the residents in Ateas of Manatuto district washed away by flood on Wednesday (12/5) night.

Victim, Gregorio Soares said the flood happened due to the bridge in their area is very narrow.

Meanwhile, Manuel Soares called on the Government to rehabilitate the bridge; otherwise it might continue happening in future.

“I am calling on the Government to pay attention to this bridge and fix the cannel here,” Soares said.

*Govt urged to rehabilitate roads in Lekidoe

*Radio Timor-Leste, May 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

Lekidoe residents, in Aileu district have urged the Government led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to rehabilitate the road which links Lekidoe, Aileu and Dili.

During a meeting with the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, the residents called on the Government to rehabilitate the referred road as it is not passable comparing to other roads.

The residents also urged the Government to provide them clean water supply and electricity.

“My name is Agusto Mendes, I feel that we are not free yet, because the independence is only enjoyed by the leaders and certain people,” He said.

In response, the Prime Minister Gusmao said the Government would construct 3000 kilometers of road throughout the country including the road in Lekidoe.

This road construction project will be implemented by international company and its quality is guaranteed.

*FSI does not put hand into GS pipeline issue

*Timor Post, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The International Stabilization Force (ISF) Commander, Colonel Simon Stuart, has said that the ISF officers from Australia had not intervened issue of the Greater Sunrise so far.

Colonel Stuart said that the role of ISF was to cooperate with the United Nations Police, the Timorese National Police and Army in order to ensure security in the country.

Colonel Stuart added that it was not the competence of ISF to talk about pipeline development issues, adding that it was the competence of the Timorese, Australian and the Company competence to discus on that issue.

“We as ISF we will put aside politic in another part, I am as a force and even there was aproblem between the two countries we will continue cooperate with the people and the F-FDTL through our role as force officer,” Colonel Stuart said.

He said that the situation in the country was under control, adding that they were remain here because of not their will but the Timorese Government will.

“We are remaining here because the Government of Timor-Leste still needs our presence in this country,” Stuart added.

*Govt release development package program today

*Timor Post, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Public Work, Domingos Caeiro, has said that the Government has planned to release it new development package program today and the total amount would spend for this program was worth US$250 million.

“I think Tomorrow (today) the Government will launce the development package projects, because task force team been created. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão held meeting with the Administrators, Director Generals of inter-ministries and they have decision to cooperate with community leaders such as administrators of sub-districts and districts in order to decide which company is eligible to manage projects,” Caeiro said.

Caeiro said that the most priority project that would be implemented in the development package project was focused on the construction and rehabilitation.

*AMP Govt officials should be unite until 2012

*Timor Post, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has called on the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government’s officials to maintain unity up to 2012 as it will show good image of the country.

“If what I say really happen then I thanks Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão who as the father of patient to manage well the alliance of parties during five years,” President Horta said.

President Horta also said that the security situation in the country was under control and therefore he said that he did not believe information widespread that some foreigners would bring illegal weapon in to the country.

“The situation in the country is calm because we always collaborate with the Indonesian state leaders, Military and Police to keep security in the border that is why the situation is calm now. There is information that some people wants to bring weapon illegally into the country is false,” President Horta said.

*Lao Hamutuk calls on state leaders not to attack one another

*Timor Post, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

A researcher of Lao Hamutuk, Charles Scheneir, has said that it was important for the State Leaders not to attack each other if they want oil and gas pipeline form the Greater Sunrise to be brought to the country.

He said that the state leader should give hand to each other in order to compile opinion before holding negotiation with Woodside Company about LNG pipeline from the Greater Sunrise.

Meanwhile, Program Manager from Luta Hamutuk, Joãzito Viana, has called on the Parliament and the Government’s officers not to politicize the pipeline negotiation of the Greater Sunrise in order to appear conflict in the country.

At the same time the Parliamentary Committee C for Economy, Finance and Anti-Corruption President, Manuel Tilman, has called on the President of Republic and all people of Timor-Leste to be unite and have one opinion to install LNG pipeline of the Greater Sunrise in Timor-Leste.

*Flood destroys F-FDTL’s dormitory

*Suara Timor-Leste, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Following the recent down fall in the Capital Dili has affected to the official residence construction of the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) in Metinaro.

In relation to this matter, the State Secretary for Defense, Julio Thomas Pinto called on the Chinese Government through its embassy in Timor-Leste to look at this destruction as this was a natural cause.

The Chinese Government is constructing 100 official residences for the F-FDTL officials. The construction was started in last year with a laying foundation ceremony by the Government.

“It has been very long time we have not come to look at it. We just thought to come to have a look as the flood destroyed them,” State Secretary Pinto said.

*Pires seeks for legal ways to respond to allegation

*Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Minister for Planning and Finance, Emilia Pires has denied allegation made by Fretilin that she supported Timor-Leste to integrate into Australia. In relation to this case, Pires wants to go through a legal way to respond to the allegation.

“As a Timorese I have the right to seek for possibility through legal way for investigating this kind of propaganda,” Pires said.

Pires made the comments during a press conference held on Thursday (13/5) at her office, in Dili.

Pires said attitude of Fretilin in searching someone’s private email was considered as an act of crime due to during the country’s crises in 2006 she and two her friends were in Palestine to carry out their work as management specialist for the World Bank.

*Council of Ministers approves PNTL promotion commission

*Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Council of Ministers has officially approved members of the commission for the Timorese National Police (PNTL) promotion.

State Secretary for the Council of Ministers said the commission consisted of seven members, Isabel Fereira as president of the commission and her members are Nun Guilhermina Marcal, Anacleto Ribeiro, Afonso de Jesus, Faustino Cardoso, Jose Soares and Bart Laan.

*Justice will not work well if Public Prosecution is weak: Horta

*Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has held an official visit to the office of the Public Prosecution to take a look closer at its work. During his visit Horta said justice in the country would not work well if the Public Prosecution was weak.

Speaking to journalists President Horta said he held visit to give them moral and political support, so that the Public Prosecution’s staffs could better carry out their work.

“I am here to give them spirit, moral and political support as this institution is taking part in the field of justice. Justice would not work well if the Public Prosecution is weak,” Horta said.

Horta called on the Government to construct a new office for Dili district’s prosecutors as right now they were using same building with the national public prosecutors.

*Minister Pires calls on Fretilin to stop abuse of power

*Timor Post, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Finance and Planning Minister, Emilia Pires, has called on the Fretilin to stop engage in abuse of power, because the recent allegation of Fretilin against her was violence and false.

Pires said that the recent declaration of Fretilin was habit of abuse of power in the Parliament and was act of divulging private email, adding that it was important to have full investigation into this case.

Minister Pires made the comment yesterday to hit back the recent allegation made by Fretilin.

She said that divulging email of someone was crime and against the Timorese Constitution article No. 37.

“I just want to restate that divulging email of someone is crime and against the Timorese Constitutions article No. 37, many political information against its adversary, but it is important to have political ethic in order to stay away from power of abuse in the Parliament,” Minister Pires said.

She added, “I believe that the version of my email been widespread was out of the content.”

Meanwhile, MP Jose Manuel Fernandes on Monday divulged Minister Pires’s in Timor Post that Minister Pires had really sent email to an Australian activist on June 16th 2006 saying that “Timor-Leste will not reach peach in the future if we let Mari Alkatiri to continue govern this country. I tell you that I will support integration with Australia, at least they will do something to this country with their good manager and they will provide good house. I believe that one day people will get access roads, telecommunication and we will capable to read and write and so fort. Even we have to sacrifice our identity as Timorese People.”

*President Horta releases “The Lost World of Timor-Leste”

*Timor Post, May 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta yesterday officially released a book for children with the title “The Lost World of Timor-Leste.

The book was written by President himself and Prof. Patricia Vickers-Rich, adding that the book was written in four languages such as in Tetun Purtuguese, English and Chinese languages.

The UNICEF representative to Timor-Leste expressed its satisfaction with the initiative of the president and Prof. Vicker-Rich of writing the book, as it would bring benefit to the children.

Director General of Education Ministry, Apolinario Magno who represented Ministry of Education to participate in the book release, has expressed thank to the Alola Foundation organization which had translate the book into English language in Australia.

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