Subject: Local Media Monitoring - APRIL 23, 2003



STL 1. The Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) and Forcas Armadas da Libertacao de Timor-Leste (Falintil-FDTL) incident (see yesterday's Local Media Monitoring) remains on the front page. Today President Xanana Gusmao appealed to both parties to settle the conflict through dialogue based on mutual respect and tolerance, rather than through official channels.

2. The National Parliament has decided to endorse the candidate for the President of Appeal Court and Supreme Court (the article does not give candidate's name ). The Parliamentary vote resulted in favor 45 votes , 12 votes reject and 14 votes abstain.Under the Constitution, the President of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, has the prerogative to appoint a person to this position.

3. President Xanana Gusmao formally opened the Timor-Leste's Police Institutional Capacity Building Workshop yesterday. The ceremony was attended by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kamalesh Sharman, Prime Minister, Mr Mari Alkatiri, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Jose Ramos Horta, President of the Council of Ministers, Ms Ana Pessoa, Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Rogerio Lobato and the Police Commissioner, Mr Paulo Martins (see the UNMISET Media Release below. NB - this article said that this event was opened by President Xanana, while the press release below says that it was opened by Prime Minister, Mr Mari Alkatiri).

TIMOR POST 1. In response to the Opposition Parties criticism of the Government's failure to combat illiteracy and poverty, the Speaker of the Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo said that the Opposition Parties criticism is in vain, because they are not offering any alternative programmes to the people.

2. In order to clarify the Falintil-FDTL and PNTL incident in which an ununiformed Falintil-FDTL soldier was beaten by police in the Baucau National Hospital, the Prime Minister, Mr Mari Alkatiri will call the heads of these two institutions together for a meeting. This meeting is yet to be scheduled.

3. Timor Post didn't report in detail about the "Open Ceremony of the Timor-Leste Police Institutional Capacity Building" but ran a large picture of the event on page one.

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