Subject: Timor-Leste News June 21, 2010

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Local Daily News

June 21, 2010

*A great joint military training held on Saturday *Radio Timor-Leste, June 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Defense, Julio Thomas Pinto said the joint military training by the US Army, the International Stabilization Force (ISF) [Australia and New Zealand] and the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) was held on Saturday (19/6) aimed at strengthening skills of the soldiers in using modern military equipment. Pinto made the comments during a briefing on the training strategic planning at the Palace of the Government. “This is an opportunity for the defense force to strengthen skills of its soldiers in using modern equipment and also getting experience from the US and Australia,” Pinto said. He added that this was also a chance for Timor-Leste to open military bilateral cooperation with other countries.

*Joint training to strengthen military relationship: Australian ambassador *Radio Timor-Leste, June 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Heyward hoped the joint military training to be successful in order to strengthen military relationship of the four countries’ army in future. The ambassador stressed that the training was an opportunity for the soldiers to make military strategic planning and how to implement in the joint training. Meanwhile, the Timorese Defense Force’s Captain Isayas Ximenes called on the local residents not to panic when hearing gun shots and helicopters’ noises in the places where the training on going.

*Conoco Philips donates US$ 150 thousand to Govt *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Conoco Philips in Timor-Leste has donated money worth US $ 150 thousand the Timorese Government for financing bicycle tour that will be held this year. On behalf of the Government and the Timorese people, President Jose Ramos Horta thanked the Chonoco Philips for its funding support. Chonoco Philips has provided money worth US$150 thousand and therefore on behalf on the Government and the people of Timor-Leste I thank their support,” President Horta said. Meanwhile, representative of the Conoco Philips Robin Antrobusis said the funding support provided by his Company was the continuation of their support to the office of the president to facilitate implementation of whatever activities in the country.

*USA Marine Force and ISF to hold joint training with F-FDTL in Manatuto and Vemase *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

The USA Marine Force and the Internationals Stabilization Force (ISF) would hold joint training with the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) in Manatuto district and Vemase of Baucau district. The joint training would be held was based on the joint agreement signed by the USA Marine Force, the ISF and the F-FDTL. The State Secretary for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, has said that the objective of the training was to share experience and to better improve skills of the F-FDTL officers. It has planned that there are 105 officers the F-FDTL, 90 from Australia (ISF) and 168 from the USA Marine Force will participate in the joint training. The USA marine Force Officer, Major Robert said that two warships of them would arrive in the country this week in order to take part in the training.

*It is difficult to combat corruption: KAK’s Aderito Soares *Timor Post, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

Commissioner for the Timorese Anti-Corruption Commission (KAK), Aderito de Jesus said it was difficult to hold investigation into corruption cases; therefore it was important to strengthen first the referred institution. Soares made the comments during a teleconference held at the office of the World Bank, in Dili last Friday (18/6). In response to the certain people’s concerns over the KAK’s 100 days, Soares said it was impossible for the KAK to combat corruption shortly, as it needed to make preparations. Soares stressed that the main role of the KAK was to investigate corruption cases and prevent corrupt practice in the country.

*Angelita Pires threatens to take Horta and journalists to court *Timor Post, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

Angelita Pires, the one was suspected of engaged in plot of attacking President Jose Ramos Horta’s residence in February 11, 2008, said she would take President Horta and two Portuguese journalists, due to they had defamed her with falsehood. In a written letter to the court, Mrs., Pires wanted to take Horta and the Portuguese journalists, because during the trial she was not found guilty regarding the allegation to her. The court has recently made verdict in which Pires was not found guilty, due to there were strong evidence to support her engagement in the plot of attacking the president.

*Preparing F-FDTL to take part in peace keeping mission *Timor Post, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Defense, Julio Thomas Pinto said the joint military training called “Crocodilo” by the US army, the International Stabilization Force (ISF) and the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) was an opportunity to prepare the F-FDTL to take part in peace keeping mission, “The training is an opportunity for the f-FDTL to increase its skills, so that its soldiers could take part in peace keeping mission in future,” Pinto said. Pinto stressed that the training held was in coordination with the US Army and the ISF and said the F-FDTL Commander; Major General Tau Matan Ruak also invited Indonesia military officers to observe it. Meanwhile, the Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Heyward said he was pleased with the training, because the ISF was also involved.

*Luta Hamutuk questions Monteiro’s inclusion in negotiation *Timor Post, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

Luta Hamutuk NGO has questioned Francisco Monteiro’s inclusion in the negotiation of the Greater Sunrise rise’s pipeline building to Timor-Leste, as he was funded by Woodside Company to do his Phd [doctoral] study in Adelaide of Australia. “I thing people can suspect him of not independent in the process of negotiation,” Luta Hamutuk Director, Mericio Akara said. Akara stressed that conflict of interest might appear, because Monteiro should abide the two institutions, the first he defended the Timorese rights and on the other hands he received scholarship from the company. Akara also preferred involving the minister for foreign and cooperation in the process of negotiation, as it was about the country’s national interest.

*Soares concerned about cheap politics *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

The anti-corruption commission (KAK) commissary, Aderito de Jesus Soares said he was concerned about cheaper politics yelled by some political leaders. Soares called on the politicians not to talk recklessly but they have to provide constructive information that was helpful to combat corruption in the country. “I respect various criticisms from politicians to me, but I disagree with some criticism, because what we are going to do is to eradicate corruption in our country,” Soares said. Soares made the comments after participating in a discussion with international anticorruption commission from ASIA by a teleconference.

*Two warships of USA arrive in the country *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

Two warships “Peleliu and Pearl Harbor” of the USA Marine Force have arrived in Timor-Leste on Sunday (20/6). The objective of the two ships of visiting the country was to bring 2500 Marine Force of the USA to participate in a joint training with the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) and the International Stabilization Force (ISF) in Manatuto and Vemase of Baucau District. The State Secretary Julio Tomas Pinto made the comments (18/6) in a briefing with Australian Ambassador Peter Heyward, USA ambassador representative, representative of the F-FDTL, ISF, and the USA Marine Force. “This is intended to improve our readiness to cooperate with our partnership countries and to prepare our skills of conventional cooperation about marine in the future and peace maintenance,” Pinto said.

*Assault case on General Ruak’s residence waits for decision *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

Assault on residence of the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Major General Taur Matan Ruak is now in the process and waiting for the verdict from the court. The former Likisa District Police Commander, Abilio Mausoco was accused of engaging in the attacks and therefore he was charge with article of committing crime and carrying illegal weapons. MP Paulo Fatima Martins the Former Commander of the PNTL in his testimony to the court that Mausoko breached rules of the PNTL as his commander did not authorize national police officers to carryout activities in the capital of Dili. Meanwhile, Leandro Izac, another witness said Mausoko used to fire at the residence of General Ruak on 25 May 2006 when the attack took place and he left Damião become victim. Another accused, Artur who was also involved in the attack said that he did not see Damião and Lekiluru at the house of General Ruak when they attack took place. At the same time lawyer of Mausoko and his friend, Paulo Remideius has called on the court to make proper decision to his clients as his clients had cooperated well with the court during the trial process.

*Lasama: It is eligible for Govt to ask addition budget *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary President, Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo said it was eligible for the Government to ask additional budged for 2010. “I think the Government ask additional budget due to the public necessities and it is the Government competence to look at this matter,” Lasama said. Lasama also disagreed with the recent statement of the Parliamentary Committee C President Manuel Tilman saying that there was no balance of the 2010 general state budget. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has proposed to the National Parliaments to approve additional budged worth US$177 in order to respond to the needs of the people.

*SEOP denies rumors missing money US$3 million *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Public Works, Domingos Caeiro, has totally denied the recent statement of the Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration Mario Viegas Carrascalão saying US $3 million of the referendum package project went missing was unclear as he had no information about it so far. He said that the Inspectorate General was investigating money allocation on the referendum package projects and he hopped that the Inspectorate General to detect whether the money had really gone missing or not. “I have just been contacted by the Finance and Planning Minister Emilia Pires that Deputy PM Carrascalão has reported to the Parliamentary Committee C saying that US$3 million allocated to the referendum package project went missing as it was run off by a foreigner from Macau. I responded to Minister Pires saying I do not know about it so far and we are ready to be investigated,” Caeiro said.

*MTV donated by USAID to hold concert *Timor Newsline, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

The MTV EXIT here in Timor-Leste and is funded by the USAID, the Timorese Government, Alola Foundation to hold concert that will be held on June 27. The objective of the concert is to campaign human trafficking prevention in the country. “Music has influence and has power to mobilize the young people to fight against and prevent act of human trafficking in the country,” said spokesperson of the MTV EXIT Anito Matos. Matos said a group band from Indonesia called “Superman is Dead” would appear in the concert including some domestic musicians such Ego Lemos, 5 do Oriente, Rai Na’in, Detective and Diosis Putri Band. Meanwhile, representative of the USAID in Timor-Leste, Jonathan Henick said that they had also provided their support to the other countries in ASIA aimed to eradicate human trafficking. “It is important to prevent human trafficking and exploitation in Timor-Leste as this country is still young,” Henick said. At the same time the Timorese Foreign Affairs Minister, Zacarias Albano da Costa said sexual exploitation in the country had become serious problem, because many foreigners, particularly women came to the country with tourist visa but they engaged prostitution and said it was crime. “We are making efforts to control and seeking for solution to resolve and stop transaction of sexual exploitation,” da Costa said.

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