Subject: East Timor Press Review 9 October 2002

East Timor Press Review

9 October 2002

· Suara Timor Lorosae reported that ETDF Commander, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak was part of the East Timor delegation, accompanying Primer Minister Mari Alkatiri on his official visit to Mozambique.

· East Timor Police Commissioner, Paulo Martins was quoted as saying that former Falintil and Clandestine members will be prioritized in the upcoming police recruitment.

· The issue of illegal immigrants became the topic at yesterday’s discussion, organized by East Timor NGOs umbrella organization, NGO Forum. The discussion, opened to the public, was aimed at providing suggestions to the Government in tackling the problem.

· In a separate article, Member of Parliament, Jose Barros of Democratic Party, PD expressed his disappointment that most of the country’s economy has been taken over by foreigners. Whoever considers to invest in East Timor, he said, must be those whose capital can develop and employ Timorese.

· Commenting on the Indonesian Government’s proposal to use its assets as a joint venture capital for both countries, few members of Parliament said that the matter depends on the agreement of the Joint Commission.

· Member of Parliament, Clementino dos Reis Amaral of KOTA party was quoted as saying that the asylum seekers have no right to acquire Timor Leste citizenship. Timor-Leste, he said, only gives protection to the asylum seekers when their lives are under threat. He added that once the conditions in their countries return to normal, they could go back.

· It is reported that the position of Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is currently vacuum after former Vice Minister Jose Luis Guterres took up the post as East Timor Ambassador to UN and US recently.

· STL reported that Dili residents are currently facing problems of clean water. In a separate article, it is reported that Dili water pipe lines are under repair.

· A total of 58 electricity centers are operating throughout East Timor. Out of these centers, 33 generators operate in all sub- districts.

· Director of Livestock Division, Domingos Gusmăo was quoted as saying that lack of veterinary staff is becoming an obstacle in preventing cattle diseases.

· East Timor Lawyers’ Association, AATL, today, carried out a strike in front of Dili District Court building in protest against the execution process for the recent Border Control Division case.

· University of Sydney’s Professor of Economics and Politics, Tim Anderson was quoted as saying that international financial institutions such as IMF and World Bank, and Asian Development Bank can be a threat for the economy of Timor-Leste. He said these institutions are carrying out work that can destroy the potency of East Timor.

· STL quoted Member of Parliament, Leandro Isa’ac of Social Democratic Party, PSD as saying that his party does not support the signing of SOFA agreement between East Timor and US. He noticed that the Government has carried out many contradictory policies.

· It is reported that the Division of East Timor Electricity is currently socializing the policy of payment for the use of electricity power throughout all districts and sub-districts.

· Timor Post’s front page carried a photo of Srilankan refugees leaving East Timor.

· It is reported at least 25 Sri Lankan refugees, who stayed in East Timor for almost three months, returned to their country yesterday. Organization of International Migration (IOM) facilitated the return. The refugees thanked East Timorese community, UNPOL and East Timor Police Service for their help while in East Timor.

· East Timor Lawyers’ Association, AATL called upon the donor countries to stop giving legal assistance to East Timor because there was no execution for the Border Control case.

· TP quoted Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassan Wirahuda as saying that there is a need for East Timor to adapt in order to become a member of ASEAN.

· Member of Parliament, Vicente Faria of Fretilin party welcomed President Xanana Gusmăo’s call for East Timorese living in Portugal to come back to East Timor to assist in developing the nation.

· On the process of recruitment for East Timor Police officer, Security Director of East Timor Public Administration, David Ximenes said that the Government should embrace all youth, and avoid the practice of Corruption, Collusion, and Nepotism.

· TP reported that many shops closed in Dili closed their business due to the high tax and consumers decrease.

· During the official opening of the newly founded University of Maulear on Tuesday, 8 October, Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Maria Rosaria Corte Real said that through education, poverty could be reduced in East Timor.

· Head of Manufahi District Health Department, Francisco da Costa was quoted as saying that children followed by adults are suffering from diarrhea and skin diseases in that area.


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