Subject: east timor headlines/8August2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Wednesday 8 August 2001

1. Documentary on Ramos-Horta screened in Hollywood 
2. Sixty-six FDTL members to join forces with PKF 
3. Mariano Lopes da Cruz: Corruption is a universal phenomenon 
4. A cold reception for Abilio Araujo

1. Documentary on Ramos-Horta screened in Hollywood (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page headline)

At least 500 celebrities will be gathered in Hollywood to view a documentary film on the life of Jose Ramos-Horta as a diplomat from the time of Timor Lorosae’s sturggle to the current moment when the country is at the gates of independence.

The 90-minute documentary titled “The Diplomat” features Ramos-Horta as the 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate fighting for the independence of his country in the corridors of power at the United Nations, the United States, Europe and Australia.

The documentary was made by Tom Zubrycki ­ an Australian.

The ETTA Foreign Minister will also be receiving a human rights award at an event with actors like Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz and Natasha Kinsky (sic).

2. Sixty-six FDTL members to join forces with PKF (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page second lead)

Sixty-six members of the Timor Lorosae Defence Forces (FDTL) will join forces with PKF in order to assist Civpol and Timor Lorosae Police Force in the leadup to the 30 August elections.

The FDTL Commander Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak said this in an interview with STL yesterday.

Taur Matan Ruak said security for the period leading up to the 30 August election and after that, will be under Civpol. However, he said, if there was a request for help, PKF and FDTL would be ready to assist Civpol.

The FDTL Commander said the 66 FDTL members would be sent to sectors West, Central and East.

“Each sector would get 22 FDTL members who would work together with the PKF stationed there,” he added.

3. Mariano Lopes da Cruz: Corruption is a universal phenomenon

ETTA Inspector-General Mariano Lopes da Cruz said corruption was a universal phenomenon which was difficult to eradicate. Corruption was an act whereby one misused or took advantage of his or her position to enrich themselves at the expense of the well-being of the economy or the country.

Mariano Lopes said this yesterday when opening an anti-corruption workshop jointly organized by the Australia Legal Resources International and the National Jurists Association of East Timor. The workshop was held at the ET NGO Forum. The three-day workshop is between 7 Aug to 10 Aug.

Mariano said for 24 years Timor Lorosae had been under the Indonesians and because of that many Timorese had yet to fully understand what corruption was all about ­ both in the the administration and the private sector. Also, he said, many were not aware of what corruption, collusion and nepotism were all about.

The Inspector-General said as Timor Lorosae heads towards full independence, the Timorese people should learn from other countries which have been successful in fighting corruption.

He gave the example of Singapore.

Mariano said Singapore managed to eradicate corruption because there was a strong political will to do so.

4. A cold reception for Abilio Araujo (Timor Post, front page second lead)

Abilio Araujo, the President of National Party of Timor (PNT) received a cold reception yesterday when he arrived in Dili with his wife Gulihermina de Araujo to campaign for the party in the soon-to-be-held 30 August election.

There were only a handful of his relatives, PNT supporters and journalists at the Komoro airport.

Also present to meet Abilio was the ex-Falintil Commander Elly Foho Rai Boot.

From Komoro airport, Abilio headed off to his mother’s home in Lahane. When he arrived there, he was greeted by his mother who was waiting for him in front. He hugged her and asked: “Where were you when the war was on?”

She replied: “In the hills in Dare.”


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