|Subject: Local Media Monitoring - August
LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING
August 13, 2003
PRESIDENT XANANA WILL HOLD SEPARATE MEETINGS WITH POLITICAL LEADERS AND FORMER FALINTIL COMMANDERS
President Xanana Gusmao, yesterday told reporters that he will call on political leaders to discuss the current political situation which, according to him, does not reflect national unity and democracy. The article said that the President has scheduled a tentative agenda. On Saturday (16/08) the President will meet with former Falintil Commanders such as Eli Foho Rai Bo'ot (L-7), Samba ? 9 and Oligario (from CPD-RDTL). Next Saturday (23/09) the President will meet with national political leaders and some F-FDTL commanders. President Xanana said that all the meetings will be held at his residence.
DISCUSSION ON SECURITY'S RESPONSIBILITY POST UN
Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, yesterday held a meeting with the Commander of the F-FDTL, Gen Taur Matan Ruak and the Commander of National Police, Mr Paulo de Fatima Martins. The meeting was held to discuss security issues after UN peacekeepers depart in mid ? 2004. After the meeting the Prime Minister told the press that they had discussed preparations and preventive measures post UN PKF and UNPOL departure in June 2004. The Prime Minister said that it was a coordination meeting to formulate measures for a smooth transition. The article said that the Prime Minister did not explain any further about the term "formulate measures".
UNTL TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT CAMPUS INAUGURATE BY PRIME MINISTER
Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, yesterday inaugurated the Timor Lorosa'e National University ? Technical Department Campus in Hera ? Dili. The Japan Engineering Group carried out the rehabilitation of the buildings of UNTL ? Technical Department (known formerly as the polytechnic school). Present at the ceremony was President Xanana Gusmao the Head of UNMISET, Mr Kamalesh Sharma and others distinguished guests.
VIRGILIO SAYS:"GOVERNMENT HAS NO RIGHT TO INTERFERE IN THE MEDIA
The President of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Mr Virgilio Guterres, yesterday said that the Council of Ministers do not have the right to interfere in the editorial matters of the Public Broadcasting (RTL and TVTL). Mr Guterres said that the right of interference was not stipulated in the Broadcasting Regulation. Mr Guterres said "if the Government tries to impose views and influence the work of the national radio and television, it is an evidence of violation of freedom of speech and the independence of the media. The article said that the State Secretary for the Council of Ministers, Mr Gregorio de Sousa sent a reprimand letter to the Public Broadcasting Service. The letter said that PBS's journalist are irresponsible and mentioned PBS reports on the Mr Mario Carrascalao case and Lucia Lobato's, statement regarding the nationality status of the Prime Minister and Secretary of Defense.
TIMOR POST UNSPENT CFET BUDGET
The Minister of Finance and Planning, Mrs Madalena Boavida, yesterday met with Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to report on the unspent CFET budget allocated to each department for fiscal year 2002-2003. After the meeting, Mrs Boavida told reporters that all departments should wisely spend their budget as per her request. Mrs Boavida said that she was concerned about the unspent CFET budget. and said: " for the fiscal year 2003-2004, the Finance and Planning Department will pay attention to this matter by watching other departments to fulfill their budget ". Mrs Boavida said" the CFET budget for this fiscal year totalled US$79.1 million and it must be spent effectively by every department".
LU-OLO SAYS: "AUGUST 20, HEROES DAY"
The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, said that the Falintil Day (August 20) commemoration in Waimori - Viqueque was a historic day for our heroes of independence. He said this made him feel happy.
INAUGURATION OF UNTL TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT NEW CAMPUS
Timor Post also reported on the inauguration of the Timor-Loro Sa'e National University ? Technical Department Campus as per the STL report.