Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 8 November 2006

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UNMIT United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review

Wednesday, 08 November 2006


National Media Reports

Government Plans To Stop Assistance

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta has given an ultimatum to the IDPs that the government will stop humanitarian assistance in the month of December to refugee centres, reported Timor Post. He further said the displaced people must be responsible if they refuse to leave the camps, as the government must take care of thousands of people in other neighbourhoods who also need assistance. Ramos-Horta said assistance would be channelled through the villages and hamlets (sukus) and those IDPs returning to their residence would be entitled to the assistance. Speaking to the media following his visit to the displaced people in Dom Bosco camp in Comoro, the Prime Minister stressed that those living in the camps would not be forced to leave. He said it is not the government's policy to force them but they must be responsible for their own food. The head of the government said thousands of IDPs have returned to their homes with the assistance of the government and asks those still in the camps to follow the same path. In preparation for the rainy season and for those not wishing to return to their residency, Ramos-Horta said four areas have been established and would be ready in two weeks time. He said these areas: Tasi-Tolu, Tibar, Hera and Becora are good in terms of security with the additional 24-hour security provided by UNPOL and the international forces. He said soon F-FDTL will join PNTL and the international forces to strengthen security. (STL)

Fretilin 'Status Quo' and 'Fretilin Mudansa' Will Hold Dialogue

Mari Alkatiri, Fretilin's Secretary General said the leaders of Fretilin 'status quo' and 'Fretilin mudansa' have the will to resolve the party's internal problem through dialogue. Alkatiri said that if Fretilin welcomes dialogue with other people, it would also welcome the same within the party. He said he is certain the dialogue will take place and an evaluation will be completed on what went wrong. (STL)

PNTL Joins Patrols

To further strengthen the security situation in Dili, 100 PNTL officers have provisionally joined patrols with UNPOL. The number will increase this week with another 50 members of PNTL Rapid Response Unit (UIR) joining to help provide security to different neighbourhoods. Vice-Minister of Interior, Somoxo said once the 1200 PNTL officers assigned for the capital pass the screening process, the situation will improve and there will be no more rock throwing. (STL)

F-FDTL Commander Meets President Gusmao

For the first time since the crisis, around 100 F-FDTL commanders met with President Gusmao who is also the Supreme Commander of the Timorese Army Forces. According to Timor Post, some of the officials had travelled from Baucau and Metinaro with full military gear and headed by Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak. The meeting took place at the President's residence in Balibar, Dare. (TP)


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