Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS May 17, 2010

TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Local and International - For May 17, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*Guterres calls on police to trust in promotion commission *Govt calls on Timorese and foreign national to take part in census *200 hectares of rice field washed away by flood in Oe-Cusse *President Horta calls on enterprisers to maintain quality of the projects *Horta denies allegation of conspiring with Australia *Govt should not impede improvement of justice sector *President Horta: “Pardon for Salsinha and his men depends on trial process *Justice Minister signs agreement with Bishop for Maliana Diocese *Lasama seeks for consensus to CAVR’s report *Prostitution number increases due to Emigration Department is weak *Govt to legalize illegal gambling shortly *Defending GS pipeline should not through speech *UNIDO hands over bamboo production center to Govt *Two young men detained over maltreatment

National News:

*Guterres calls on police to trust in promotion commission

*Radio Timor-Leste, May 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres has called on the National Police officers not to be influenced with the rumors mongering, but trust in the Promotion Commission established by the Government.

The state secretary made the comments regarding resolution produced for appointing members of the promotion commission that would work for the process of the police rank promotion.

Guterres said that the police should trust in the accompaniment promotion to work fairly and impartially.

Guterres stressed that the resolution was also aimed to help promote the Timorese liberation veterans who were currently working as police officers.

“It is aimed at resolving some problems that we have in which we have some veterans that we need to consider in the promotion,” Guterres said.

*Govt calls on Timorese and foreign national to take part in census

*Radio Timor-Leste, May 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Government has called on all the Timorese people and foreign nationals to participate in the census of household and population which will be conducted in the upcoming July.

Deputy Prime Minister, Jose Luis Guterres said this census was important for Timorese and foreign nationals to provide actual information on numbers of family and said it would be used for making the Government’s strategic planning.

Guterres stressed that people should seriously in giving information to the census team due to the census data would be used for making development strategic planning.

President Jose Ramos Horta who launched the census said it would strengthen national unity and the country’s identity; therefore all the people were obliged to take part in this process.

*200 hectares of rice field washed away by flood in Oe-Cusse

*Radio Timor-Leste, May 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

About 200 hectares of rice were washed away by flood during a heavy down fall in Nianapu village, Oe-Cusse district. Such situation has forced the farmers to face food shortage this year.

Farmer Angelo Mane has called on the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery to seek for solution to this natural disaster.

In response, Oe-Cusse Agriculture Department Chief, Sabino Freitas said he had submitted a report to the Ministry of Agriculture to resolve this problem shortly.

*President Horta calls on enterprisers to maintain quality of the projects

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, May 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

National Enteprisers Jorge Serano has said President Jose Ramos Horta has called on the national enterprisers to better maintain quality of the projects in order to gain confidence of the Government.

Serano made the comment yesterday after he met with President Horta to talk about development projects in the country and difficulties faced by the enterprisers in managing projects.

He added that the president also called on the national enterprisers to unite as it was part of their contribution to the development process in the country.

“What is demanded by the president is the enterprisers should be united. We area pleased as the president, prime minister, Parliamentarians, and civilians always support us and we consider this as a motivation for the national enterprisers to make self improvement and maintain the quality of the projects to better develop this country,” Serano said.

*Horta denies allegation of conspiring with Australia

*Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has denied recent allegations that he agrees with the Australian Woodside Company’s proposal of floating plant for the Greater Sunrise’s gas and oil field. In relation to this issue, Horta urges those people have alleged him of conspiracy to express apology.

“I think they did not show any respect to me. I am calling for those who have alleged me to express apology to me, as the Government wants all our supports,” Horta said.

The president said the Greater Sunrise’s pipeline building was a national issue; therefore everything should be discussed and nothing was confidential regarding the feasibility study held by the Government.

Horta added that the Woodside Company should also put its findings on the table, so that it could be discussed and said he did not defend other people’s interest, but he defend the country’s interest.

*Govt should not impede improvement of justice sector

*Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Director for Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP), Luis Sampaio said the country’s politicians should not put their hands into judicial sector’s role due to contribution of the leaders in the improvement of the country’s judicial sector was necessary.

Sampaio stressed that many expressed their concerns over judicial process in the country, but the process was now ongoing.

Sampaio also said in some cases there was misunderstanding between one group and other groups, yet legal process was going on in all districts and facilities renovation had been made.

He added that justice process in the country would move forward, because the Government had started providing proper facilities to the prosecutors and public defenders.

*President Horta: “Pardon for Salsinha and his men depends on trial process

*Timor Post, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has said that he would not grantee pardon to the ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and his men recklessly when the court was yet to make final decision on this case.

President Horta said that he would grantee pardon to Salsinha and his men after the appellate court had made final legal verdict.

“I will do nothing when trial process for this case yet to finish. When the process finish then I will make reflection with the Government about this case as the recommendation is from the Government and not from president of the republic,” President Horta said.

President Horta made the comments on Friday 14 at Convention center of former market place, in Dili.

President Horta added that he would grantee pardon to prisoners based on the list of prisoners’ name presented by the Government on who was eligible to be pardoned.

“The constitution guarantees me to make final decision on something that I have to make decision on,” President Horta said.

Meanwhile, Appellate Court President, Claudio Ximenes, has said that trial process for Salsinha and his men was still in process and therefore no reason to grantee pardon to them.

*Justice Minister signs agreement with Bishop for Maliana Diocese

*Timor Newsline, May 17, 2010

The Justice Minister Lucia Lobato has signed an agreement with Bishop for Maliana Diocese Monsignor Lúcio Norberto de Deus on an official residence for the bishop.

Ceremony of signing the agreement was attended by Justice Minister, Director for Land and Property (DNTPSC).

A press release stated that the Justice Ministry had reviewed a contract based on the request of the diocese, adding that actually the contract had been signed before Episcopal ordination of Monsignor de Deus.

Minister Lobato added that whoever would replace her in the future should not fix the contract otherwise it would affect on the contract signed.

Meanwhile, Bishop for Maliana Diocese, Monsignor Lúcio Norberto de Deus, said they were pleased with the Government’s contribution to provide residence for the bishop.

*Lasama seeks for consensus to CAVR’s report

*Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Parliamentary President Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo wants to seek for consensus to the report of the Commission for Acceptance, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) to reach a joint agreement on the country’s national interest.

“Lasama wants a possible consensus to share ideas with each other on what need to include in the law in order to avoid reaction in the implementation,” Parliamentary Secretary, Terezinha Maria Viegas said.

Viegas said Lasama had read through the report in which there were so many interests found and were relevant to consider and implement it based on the law.

She added that there would be some implications in following up the report, mainly in terms of technical and budget issues.

The CAVR was set up to find out the truth and facts on all tragedies during the occupation of Indonesia and try to reconcile all the Timorese people in the country and the Timorese who were now in Indonesia to forget the past.

*Prostitution number increases due to Emigration Department is weak

*Timor Post, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The former Deputy of the Prosecutor General, Ivo Jorge Valente, has said that number of foreign labors including those who engaged in prostitution in the country are increasing due to the Emigration Department is weak to carry out its work in the field.

Valente made the comments on Saturday when participating in a seminar which was organized by the Timorese Judicial System and Monitoring Program (JSMP) held at UNDIL.

“If the work of Emigration Department continues like this then all the Timorese will go and stay in the rural area or in district,” Valente said.

He also called on the Emigration Police to better control foreigners whether they use tourist visas or labor visas.

*Govt to legalize illegal gambling shortly

*Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Inspector General for Lottery game of the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, Miguel Lobato said the Government would legalize shortly illegal gambling to prevent act of crime in the country.

Lobato stressed that the Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry was now preparing to regulate lottery gambling such as “bola guling, kuru-kuru and cock fight”.

Meanwhile, village chief of Aimeri-Laran, Jose Mucasana urged the Government to halt all the illegal gambling in the country because such gambling could severe impact on the people’s lives.

A Timor Loro Sa’e National University student, Elbino Alves Correia said the Government needed to cooperate with the police to prevent illegal gambling in the country.

*Defending GS pipeline should not through speech

*Timor Post, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has said that it was important to defend oils and gas pipeline of the Greater Sunrise wisely and should not through speech.

President Horta made the comment following some of the Government’s officials’ recent comments on the Greater Sunrise’s pipeline building issue.

President Horta also denied a rumor widespread saying he had not defended national interest was falsehood.

“I defend national interest for this country with wisely and not defending it through baseless speech,” President Horta said.

President Horta said that he will hand over issue of pipeline LNG to the Government.

“I will not put hand and let them defend interest of Timor-Leste,” President Horta said.

*UNIDO hands over bamboo production center to Govt

*Timor Post, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The United Nations Industry Development Organization (UNIDO) has handed over bamboo production center to the Government of Timor-Leste.

Minister for Economy and Development, João Goncalves, has said that handing over the bamboo production center was positive as it would bring benefit to the young people in the country.

“Bamboo production center which was handed over by the UNIDO is a positive step, because besides from producing furniture the center will also be used as training center not for those who wants to produce bamboo only, but also to capacitate next generation,” Minister Goncalves said.

*Two young men detained over maltreatment

*Timor Post, May 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Likisa District Investigation Police Chief, Jeraldo Soares, has confirmed that Ruben dos Santos and Felix de Fatima are detained due to engaged in beating Nilton Maria Gutemberg, a SMEA school student.

Soares said that Gutemberg was beaten up by dos Santos and Fatima last May13 afternoon when he was participating in teaching and learning process, but suddenly dos Santos and Fatima came and hit him.

“Victim was beaten up by the attacker on his face therefore he sustained injury to his face,” Soares confirmed.

He added that the case was now in the investigation process.

“They were tried in the court, because they engaged in an act of crime,” Soares said.

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