Subject: Timor-Leste News June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

*Timor-Leste congratulates Australia’s new prime minister *Timor Newsline, June 28, 2010

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on behalf of the state institutions and Timorese people has extended congratulation to Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard as she embarks on her new role as leader of Australia. Gusmao noted that Australia is one of Timor-Leste closest geographic neighbors, with both countries committed to maintaining regional peace and stability and strengthening relations in facet of mutual cooperation. “Australia continues to play a valuable role the development of Timor-Leste,” PM Gusmao said. Gusmao also commended that Girrald’s professional achievement in the filed of education, health, employment and social inclusion, Prime Minister Gillard has proven to the Australian people and the global community that she is committed to those matters that profoundly affect the lives and live hood of humanity as whole.

*Gusmao and Lasama thank US Marine force *Timor Post, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has expressed best gratitude to the US Marine force for its presence in the recent joint military training in Timor-Leste. The prime minister said the presence of the US Marine in the country was important for the country, mainly for the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL). Gusmao stressed that as new country, Timor-Leste still needed support from advanced and developing countries. Gusmao also said the presence of the US Marine force was an opportunity for the F-FDTL’s marine force to get new experiences. Meanwhile, Parliamentary President Fernando “Lasma” Araujo said bilateral and multilateral cooperation among the countries’ was very important. Lasama added that the cooperation could help prevent human trafficking, illegal dugs and other illegal activities.

*Govt committed to combating human trafficking *Timor Post, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Minister for Social Solidarity, Maria domingas Fernandes “Mikato” Alves said the Government was committed to combating human trafficking in the country and was also committed to helping the victims. Mikato called on the Timorese people to be very careful and should not fall into the human trafficking activity. Mikato also said in combating the human trafficking, the Ministry of Social Solidarity cooperated with IOM, Alola Foundation and other institutions to explain about the issue of human trafficking. She added that such activity was an act of crime and was against human rights and that could happen to the vulnerable such as children and woman.

*Media should not afraid of threat: MP da Costa *Timor Post, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) said the media should not be afraid of anyone or any group of people, due to the media had its own rule of making correction. MP Da Costa was referring to the recent threat made by the CPD-RDTL [a resistance organization to Timor Post daily. Da Costa called on the media to continue be independent to carry out its task, although there were some certain people tried to threaten it. Meanwhile, MP Jose Texeira from Fretilin said the CPD-RDTL should send a letter to Timor Post correction not to threaten the media with violence.

*President Horta provides building materials to the poor *Timor Post, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has provided building materials to ten families of the poor in Atauro Island of the country. Advisor for the president, Quintiliano de Carvalho said these building materials were provided and was part of the program of reducing numbers of the poverty in Timor-Leste. “The building materials that we provided is part of the President Horta’s program of combating poverty in the country,” Carvalho said. He added that before handing over the materials, his staffs held a survey in the Island to know numbers of the poor for decision making.

*Parliament calls on KAK to monitor additional state budget for 2010 *Diario Nacional, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Parliamentary Committee C for Economy Finance and anti-corruption has called on the anti-corruption commission (KAK) to monitor execution of additional state budget for 2010. MP Cipriana Pereira made the comment following past experience showed that the Government spent much money for the projects but the projects been completed were lacking of quality. “I am calling on the anti-corruption commission (KAK) to monitor budget execution, because many projects in the country are lack of qualities and it means that we spent money for nothing. We have spent millions of money but there are 17 companies who manage projects have no responsible to maintain qualities of the projects and therefore it is important to investigate this case,” MP Pereira said. She added, “Parliamentary Committee C calls on KAK to continue monitoring any case if there is an indication of corruption.”

*Two billion women become victims for human trafficking *Diario Nacional, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Minister for Social and Solidarity, Maria Domingas Alves, has called on all the Timorese people to be vigilant as there are two billion of women around the world including women in Asia have become victim for human trafficking. Alves made the comment after she had information from the MTVExit in Democracy foot ball court on 25/6 that there were more or least two million of women have become human trafficking victims. Human trafficking appear due to some people particularly businessmen foxed the women to have proper work but finally they become victims of human trafficking.

*PNTL become victim of MTCI rice distribution *Diario Nacional, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Police Commander in Pante Makasar of Oecuse, Serafin Oqy, has said that the National Police in Oecuse District have become victim of the Government’s MTCI subsidized rice distribution. “The National Police carry out it work based on the instruction letter from Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão saying that the police should confiscate rice of MTCI of someone sell it more than US$12, but when the case is processed in the court the Public Prosecution says there is no authorization letter from the court to confiscate people’s goods and therefore the court re-accuse the PNTL,” Oqy said. He called on the Government to improve mechanism of MCTI rice distribution system in the future, adding that it was better to keep the MTCI rice in the warehouse of district so that all people can get access to buy the rice. Meanwhile, LABEH’s Director, Christopher Henry Samson, has said that he would convey complains of the resident and Oecuse District Police to the Competent Ministry to seek for better solution to resolve the problem. At the same time, the Director of Luta Hamutuk, Mericio Akara said that price of MTCI rice was in fluctuation due to lack of control from the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism, and Industry. “Price of the MCTI rice is fluctuated and it did not sell based on the price determined by the Government. Based on our observation that this problem is started from the Ministry of MTCI, particularly incapability of the competent Minister Gil da Costa Alves, and therefore he should resign from his political post,” Akara said.

*Oil source in Kitan field to be explore on 2011 *Diario Nacional, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Natural Resources, Alfredo Pires, has confirmed that the oil source in the Kitan field would start to be explored in August 2011. He said that the Government has held negotiation with a Company from Italy to become operator of the Kitan Oil exploration. “It took long time for the Government to negotiate with Eni Company of Italy, but finally we are able to have an agreement. We should not forget that we still have another oil filed like Bayu Undan and there are 54 companies managing the oil exploration but no Timorese are there to work with them and therefore we have to make change but we have to start with this and if it is positive that we make some improvement then there is a possibility for us to have another contract,” Pires said. He added that supply base in Suai was not ready yet, but the most important thing was negotiation with the company which would manage the oil exploration, adding that Oil Source in the Kitan Filed will have been explored in 2011. Meanwhile, the National Petroleum Authority (ANP) President, Gualdino da Silva has said that the Eni Company would cooperate with other four companies to explore oil in the Kitan field. Representative of Eni Company in Timor-Leste, Tony Heynen said that his company has held survey and had prepared to hold drilling in the distance S0605 from Timor-Leste, adding that Eni would cooperate with another companies in the Joint Venture area.

*TNI infiltrates area of Timor-Leste *Diario Nacional, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Indonesian Military Force (TNI) had illegally infiltrate area of Timor-Leste more than one kilometer squat on 24/6 in Naktuka of Citrana, Oecuse Disctrict. “Yesterday (Thursday) they cross illegally the border and brought Merah Putih flag with them and driving car of force which completed with war equipments,” said Administrator of Oescuse Jose Tanesip Anuno. He said that this was for second time they infiltrate illegally the border where at first they destroyed houses of the residents, adding that in the second time they destroy nothing. “They come to our area about one kilometer squat but it is unknown to the Border Police Unit (UPF) and therefore the UPF was surprised with their presence and was about to shoot, but when the UPF commando see them, they apologize to the UPF commander as they had not inform them before,” Anunosaid. He also called on the Government to hold negotiation with the Indonesian leaders in order to seek for solution to resolve this problem soon. Meanwhile, Naktuka resident, Tomas de Carvalho has said that Naktuka is not belong to Indonesia but to Timor-Leste since their grandparents’ time up to this time.

*Marine Force to cooperate with relevant institution to control Timor Sea *Diario Nacional, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, has said that the Timorese Marine Force would collaborate with the relevant institutions in order to better control the Timor Sea to protect underwater wealth. “They are preparing a plan to hold operation in the southern coast but it needs a bit time to analyze method of military and to coordinate with another relevant institution,” Pinto said. He added that the Marine Force had prepared to hold operation and believed that they would start to hold operation shortly.

*Monsignor da Silva spread peace *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Bishop for Dili Diocese, Monsignor Alberto Ricardo da Silva, was holding pastoral visit to perish in order to spread peace as it was positive to help development process in the country. Monsignor da Silva called on the resident of Oecuse to better maintain peace in order to contribute to the country’s stability and security. Monsignor da Silva also pleased with the resident of Oecuse who had provided their contribution to the development process of the country. “I thanks all resident of Oecuse particularly to your contribution for maintaining peace and maintaining unity. Let us give hand to better develop our country for a better future,” Monsignor da Silva said.

*PMD support Govt’ National Strategic Planning *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Millennium Democratic Party (PMD) President, Hemenegildo “Kupa” Lopes, has said that his party totally supports the Government’s National Strategic Planning which was set up by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão. Kupa made the comment on 26/26 in Boihomau of Lautem Sub-District when they celebrate sixth anniversary of PMD. “In this sixth anniversary I want to say that PMD totally support PEDN which is set up by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão,” Kupa said. He added that it was important to support the Government to implement its strategic planning in order to better improve living condition of the people in the country.

*PM Gusmão congratulates new Australian PM Gillard *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has congratulated Julia Gillard for assuming new political post to substitute former PM Kevin Rud. “Bilateral Ties between Australia and the Timorese people are going on well so far and it will continue in the future under the governance of new PM Gillard,” PM Gusmão said. He added, “We hopped that we can collaborate well with her cabinet to discus about serious issues which is faced by both Australia and Timor-Leste.”

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