Subject: UNMIT's Daily Media Review 18 - 20 November 2006

Saturday 18, Monday 20 November 2006



National Media Reports

Notable Commission's Report

The Notables Commission work will soon be concluded and the report scheduled to be presented to the government by December. According to Fr. Antonio Goncalves, the commission's spokesperson, commissioners are now studying the petitioners' proposals. In the meantime, MP Manuel Tilman said the Parliament Commission to study the COI report is half way through and would present their report to the plenary at the end of the month. (STL, TP)

Appointment of DSRSG

The appointment of DSRSG has been reported by both dailies, Timor Post and STL over the weekend. STL said the former military commander of the international forces during UNMISET period, Eric Tan Huck Gim has been appointed DSRSG in charge of security sector support, rule of law, human rights and transitional justice, civil police, military component, administration support sector and security section of UNMIT. Timor Post reported Tan Huck Gim has been nominated by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as the DSRSG in charge of the security sector and rule of law of UNMIT. Mr Tan was former Brigadier General of Singapore. (STL, TP)

Sovereign Bodies Ask For Forgiveness

On behalf of the four main pillars of the State, President Xanana Gusmao asks the people for forgiveness for their failures of not governing properly resulting in the people becoming victims. President Xanana's address to the people acknowledged that their failures affected everybody, especially children, F-FDTL and PNTL. Gusmao thanked the youth that distributed flowers to members of both institutions during the parade of unity and for the youths to reconcile during the lighting of candles on the anniversary of 12 November massacre. On behalf of the four sovereign bodies including PNTL and F-FDTL President Xanana appealed for everybody to put aside hatred and revenge and work to create a better country. He said PNTL and F-FDTL would work together with the youths in the neighbourhoods in order to encourage the families to return to their homes. (TP)

Youth Injured Following Violence

Rock throwing in front of IDP camps in Obrigado Barracks has left 2 persons injured. One was hit by a rock on the forehead, close to the eyes and the other was cut on the back with a machete. According to TP, citing a source from inside the camp, on Sunday night a group of youths, not the ones living nearby, walked past the Obrigado Barracks camp and started teasing the youth sitting outside the camp, resulting in rock throwing. (TP)

Germany Government Not Honest: Ramos-Horta

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta has said that the Government of Germany had not been honest in handing the construction of the ferry ship Nakroma to an Indonesian company. He said the government is upset because the ferry should have been completed over a year ago and continues to be delayed. He said the government of Germany made the mistake of giving the construction contract to an Indonesia contractor rather than to a Japanese or a South Korean company. This is why the government is upset and has already spoken to the German company to execute the project. He said it is up to Germany to resolve the problem. The Prime Minister said Germany paid for the ferry; therefore it must also be responsible for it. Ramos-Horta said he had reiterated he did not want an Indonesian company to be in charge of the construction of the boat and it must be inspected by Singapore and Germany. (DN)


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