Subject: East Timor Press Review Tuesday 9 July 2002

East Timor Press Review
Tuesday 9 July 2002

· The Timor Post today reported that the purpose of a Joint Commission between Indonesia and East Timor is to settle various relevant issues in a transparent manner.

· Three thousand new electricity meters will reportedly be installed in Dili residences in the near future. Meanwhile, residents of Liquiça district say they are now ready to pay their electricity bills

· High school students with low final exam marks will reportedly not be eligible to enroll at the National University in Dili in the upcoming academic year.

· The Baucau district court has reportedly suspended its activities because judges and prosecutors have yet to agree on new contracts.

· In an opinion piece the Timor Post says that some Indonesian politicians will use the issue of Indonesian assets in East Timor and the Timor Sea Arrangement in order to win votes in the upcoming elections.

· Suara Timor Lorosae reported that President Xanana Gusmão yesterday received the diplomatic credentials of the new Australian ambassador, Gerard Paul Foley.

· MP Clementino dos Reis Amaral (KOTA) said that political leaders should be held legally accountable for what happened in East Timor between 1974 and 1999.

· STL is back on-line after a period of almost two years. Readers can access the site at: http//www.suaratimorlorosae.com

· STL reported that 1,500 East Timorese refugee children have been ‘sold’ to orphanages in Indonesia.

· The request by refugee representatives led by Joao Tavares for transit centers in each of East Timor’s 13 districts should be carefully considered, MP Jose Andrade (Bobonaro district representative) is quoted as saying.

· Thirty-nine workers from the East Timor Plumbing and Gas Company demonstrated in front of the office of the Secretary of State for Labor and Solidarity yesterday demanding improved working conditions.

· Residents of the Metiaut area of the capital are complaining of poor housing conditions and a lack of public transport.

· STL also reports on what it says is a court crisis in Baucau district. Many Timorese are reportedly not happy with the current state of affairs.

· The Rector of Dili University, Lucas da Costa, is reportedly urging the government to increase the national meat supply.

· The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Estanislau da Silva, yesterday opened a three-day workshop to look at agriculture development plans for the next year.

· Minibuses owners are reportedly happy with the business generated by the route schedules supplied to them by the government and the police.

· A group of 25 youth have initiated a rice cultivation program on a 1.3-hectare lot in Liquiça district.

· STL quoted Manuel Carrascalão as saying that an anti-US demonstration held in front of the US embassy’s 4th of July celebration was probably organized by foreigners even though some East Timorese took part.

[Drafted by: Ceu Brites, UNMISET Spokesperson’s office]


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