Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 16 November 2006

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

Thursday, 16 November 2006


National Media Reports

Parade of Unity

F-FDTL and PNTL held a joint parade yesterday afternoon in front of the Government Palace to kick-start the resumption of their services today, reported the media. Speaking during the event, Diario Nacional reported President Gusmao as saying that the crisis was the fault of the sovereign state, noting the parade was a compromise bestowed upon the two institutions by the constitution to defend and provide security to the population. Gusmao added that wrong decisions taken by the sovereign bodies led to the conflict between the two institutions, noting the sovereign bodies have also tried to amend their mistakes in order for F-FDTL and PNTL to reconcile and overcome the crisis. The President said both institutions will work with the government and the dialogue and community re-insertion commission to take IDPs back to their homes and appealed to the youth to maintain their commitment to re-establish peace and strengthen national unity. STL reported the President of the Republic calling on F-FDTL and PNTL to re-establish peace saying ‘if we the Timorese create the problem, then we are the ones to resolve it’. Xanana Gusmão said everything is possible from starting a war to stopping it and he appealed to the youth to collaborate with PNTL and F-FDTL.

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta appealed for both institutions to work together again despite the deep wounds, noting that the crisis that occurred in Timor-Leste also occurs in other countries and in some on a much greater scale. Therefore, he appealed to the people and the leaders not to lose faith in both institutions.

President of the National Parliament said the joint parade could re-establish peace for the nation, especially the people, adding that the action made him brought him pride, reminding him of the words of many expatriates - that peace can be restored.

Speaking to Timor Post following the parade, Acting SRSG, Finn Reske-Nielsen said he was truly happy to see F-FDTL and PNTL together again because it brings hope that reconciliation, stability and peace will prevail in Timor-Leste soon. (STL, TP, DN)

Taur Is Trying To Dialogue With Alfredo

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta has reportedly said that F-FDTL Brigadier General, Taur Matan Ruak is organizing a team to hold a dialogue with Major Alfredo Reinado and his group. The efforts of F-FDTL follow unsuccessful meetings held previously with Reinado including a meeting with Bishop Belo. Ramos-Horta said the problems between Major Tara, Marcos, the petitioners and Major Reinado are all different problems. He said Major Tara and Marcos are not a big problem and the petitioners problems have been handed to the notable’s commission. He said Major Reinado should not forget that he might have erred by killing and injuring some members of F-FDTL, adding that Reinado was the one who went looking for the conflict in Fatu Ahi. (TP)

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