Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 11 Nov 2006

[Poster's note: International and other articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed from below.]


United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public InformationUnit

Daily Media Review

Saturday 11 Nov, Monday 13 November 2006



National Media Reports

UNPOL Putting Efforts To Reduce Violence

The UNPOL Commander for Dili District, Graeme Cairns has reportedly said the UN police continue to aim to reduce violence in Dili. Speaking at a press conference in Acanunu Church grounds in Hera, Cairns said the priority of UNPOL is to stop violence. He said that the situation had improved over the past 2 to 3 weeks. Cairns further added that investigators are working with the Prosecutor Generalâ's office to detain suspects and proceed with court procedures. He stressed that the UN is now encouraging PNTL officers to actively engage in their previous activities. On the returns process of IDPs, Cairns said it is important to provide security for IDPs who are returning home, with a further increase of police patrols in the neighbourhoods, as well as ask the community to welcome them. (STL)

Time For IDPs To Return Home: Reske-Nielsen

Acting SRSG, Finn Reske-Nielsen has also appealed to the people still living in refugee camps to return home, as the rainy reason will be a big threat in terms of diseases. And if they do not want return to their homes due to security reasons, Reske-Nielsen said that they should consider relocation to other places. "I know security is a concern to the IDPs but as you know the UN has been requested to maintain law and order following the UN Security Council decision two months ago," the Acting SRSG said, adding the police has also increased its patrols due to the number of police available on the ground, thus improving security in Dili. Therefore, he asked the IDPs to return home noting that thousands of people have already done so. He cited as an example the number of people seeking refuge in Don Bosco compound, which numbered 17,000 in the month of June when he first visited the camp to 3,500 in his recent visit. The Acting SRSG on Friday met with some IDPs of Aldeia Acananu, Hera who have already returned to their homes. But these returnees told the present head of the UN in Timor-Leste that they are having difficulties with food as they have not had the time to prepare their lands for maize cultivation due to the crisis. Present at the event, the head of IOM, Luiz Vieira said his organisation will continue to support the return of IDPs to their homes and congratulated the villagers of Acananu for setting a good example to IDPs. (STL, TP)

Commemoration 12 November Massacre

The 15th anniversary of Santa Cruz massacre was observed with activities organized by the youth and a mass celebrated by Bishop Ricardo. The bishop was reportedly sad with the poor participation of the people in the mass. Deputy Prime Minister, Estanislau da Silva, President of the Court of Appeal, Claudio Ximenes, some Diplomatic Corps and Members of Parliament were present to mark the commemoration. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Luis Guterres praised the courage of the youth as heroes and appealed to them to re-establish national unity as they did during the resistance period. Guterres said even without an invitation he would still participate in the commemoration ceremony, since 12 November is an important date that opened the eyes of the world to Timor-Leste to gain its independence. He continued, the people of Timor-Leste must extend their hands to each other to show the world that Timor-Leste belongs to the Timorese and will become successful. MPs have appealed to the youth to reflect on this date and to strengthen the trust between them. The President of the Organizing Committee of 12 November, 1991-2006, Joao "Choque" da Silva assured the participants that just as the youth of Timor-Leste gave their lives for the independence of so their country they would not like to see the population continuing to suffer. He said he believes that the youth would work in solidarity aiming to support IDPs returning to their homes. Da Silva pointed out that the will to work together has been shown through sporting activities organised on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre which saw the participation of both F-FDTL and PNTL officers engaged in sports competition, which is a sign that the people have not lost their sense of nationalism. The NGO Forum wants the UN to carry out a justice process against those responsible for the massacre and appealed to the government not to forget justice to the victims and their families, to provide assistance to surviving victims, and to find the graves of those killed on 12 November. (STL, TP)

International Media Reports

Timor's youth unite for peace

November 13, 2006

HUNDREDS of East Timorese youths, including members of rival gangs who fought each other in the streets of the capital earlier this year, have held a rally to promote unity and peace. After gathering in front of the seaside government office in downtown Dili, they drove through the streets in a convoy of scores of motorcycles and other vehicles calling for unity. The convoy was heavily escorted by UN security forces from Australia and Malaysia. Pedro Perreira, who took part in the rally, said that it was a spontaneous rally and not organised by political parties or other organisations. "This action is aimed at showing our leaders that it is time for the youths of Timor Leste to be united again," he said. The youths waved national flags and some carried a large banner saying: "Let us enter peace. Long Live a single East Timor." Many taking part also shouted insults at the country's leadership in the local Tetum language, calling them "stupid". "Only the leaders disunited the youth," was one of the shouts frequently heard from the convoy. The participants included students, members of rival gangs divided by origin from the east or west of the country and youths from camps for those displaced by the violence earlier this year. Dili remained quiet with most shops closed. The tiny nation of one million was rocked in April and May by violence in between security force factions, as well as street gangs, which left 37 people dead. The bloodshed forced the deployment of 3200 Australian-led peacekeepers to restore calm. Their numbers have since been reduced to 1100, bolstered by the presence of about 1000 UN police. (The Australian)


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