Subject: East Timor Press Review 8 October 2002

East Timor Press Review 8 October 2002

· Suara Timor Lorosae’s front page carried a photo of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Ramos-Horta and his Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda greeting each other prior to the Joint Commission meeting between Indonesia and East Timor yesterday, 7 October.

· In a separate article, Mr. Ramos Horta was quoted as saying that with the demilitarization between the border of Indonesia and Timor-Leste, it is expected that all conflicts related to the borders between the two countries is resolved by next year.

· STL reported that President Xanana Gusmão had a luncheon meeting with Portuguese business and banking communities on 7 October with the aim of attracting investment for East Timor.

· A few Members of Parliament questioned the criteria of police recruitment due to the fact that few candidates who did not pass the admission test were called in to for training, but not those who passed the test.

· The National Parliament discussed nine national problems; police recruitment, drinking water, transportation, education, housing and land, cutting of sandalwood, the theft of cows, SOFA agreement, and East Timor workers overseas.

· Member of Parliament Maria Paixão of Social Democratic Party, PSD said that in order to properly manage Timor Gap project, there is a need for the Government to train East Timorese youth.

· It is reported that Indonesia Government proposed to have proposed that its assets left behind in East Timor should be used as a joint modal between the two countries.

· Dili University Rector, Lucas da Costa was quoted as saying that as an independent country, East Timor has the right to nationalize all Indonesian and Portuguese assets.

· East Timor Attorney General Longuinhos Monteiro confirmed the perceptions of the people saying that Jakarta Ad-hoc Tribunal tends to be a political nuances.

· Director of East Timor Study Group, João Mariano Saldanha said that being a member of UN, East Timor, automatically asked to adapt and being active in the international community circle. This new position, he said, is merely a conditional factor, not a determined one, and it comes as no surprise.

· Director of East Timor Fishing, Narciso Almeida de Carvalho said that in the last 50 years, East Timor Sea habitat experienced a large scale.destruction.

· In a separate article, Mr. Almeida de Carvalho said that Asian Development Bank and Portuguese Bank, BNU have assisted with a total of 1 million US dollar in the reconstruction of Hera Fishing Port.

· President of National Republic of East Timor, Flaviano Pereira strongly criticized the policy taken by President Xanana Gusmão and Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Ramos-Horta on SOFA agreement signed recently in US. Mr. Pereira said, “ The policy was taken without any consultation with the Parliament. This kind of policy should have been taken in presidential system not in parliamentarian system as used by East Timor government now”.

· It is reported that East Timor will officially become a member of the International Police during the annual Security Council meeting of the body to take place in Cameroon from 21 until 26 October 2002.

· Primer Minister Mari Alkatiri said that after becoming IMF member, East Timor has the right to borrow money from the institution.

· Timor Post quoted President of National Parliament, Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres as saying that many ministers are not carrying out their duties based on the people’s aspirations.

· President Xanana Gusmão, in his meeting with the East Timorese community in Portugal, stated that, “being independent does not mean serving only ourselves but the people”.

· It is reported that 6 American medical specialists arrived in Dili yesterday to provide medical assistant services in curing the respiratory illness.

· Member of Parliament, Jose Andrade (Bobonaro District Representative) said that Maliana residents’ lives are now back to normal because the issue of Colimau 2000 group no longer exists.

· With the signing of SOFA agreement means that US military legal impunity in East Timor undermines the dignity of East Timor as a nation, STL quoted the Coordinator of Women’s group, ETWAVE, Olandina Caero as saying.

· In order to increase the quality of East Timorese food with its traditional flavor, there is a need to modernize it, said Head of Agriculture Department of Jupiter University, Miguel da Silva Quintão.

· Member of Parliament, Eusebio Guterres of Democratic Party, PD said that until now there has not been any good result on “Timor Gap treaty” because of political intervention from the dominant party, Fretilin.

· General Coordinator of Micro Economics of East Timor Discussion Forum, Alcino de Sa Viana Pires says East Timor income is still under the standard line, with the amount of 0,5 percent only.

· Manufahi District Administrator, Filomeno Tilman said announced that residents at Feriksare village, Alas Sub- District requests the Government, specially the Department of Forest to plant sandalwood in the area due to its potential for growing.

· Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Ramos-Horta expects Indonesia to l give its support for East Timor to become ASEAN member, reported TP.

[Drafted by UNMISET Spokesperson’s Office]


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