Subject: Daily Media Review 9 June 2003

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Dili, June 9, 2003 Daily Media Review

President Asks For Court's Advice

President Gusmão has sent the polemic government proposal on immigration and asylum law to the Court of Appeal, for advice. (Lusa)

Gusmão to Receive Peace Awards

President Xanana Gusmão left Dili on Saturday for a visit to France, the USA and Portugal where he will to receive three awards. On Monday President Jacques Chirac will receive Gusmão, his office said. On Tuesday Gusmão will be presented with UNESCO's "Felix Houphouet-Boigny" Peace Prize in Paris. In New York on Thursday the Timorese president will receive the "Path to Peace Foundation" award. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation said Gusmão was chosen for "his fight for human dignity and for his conduct, which has elevated the human spirit not only in his region but in the world." Former recipients include Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela. On June 16 in Lisbon he will receive the "North-South Centre Prize" awarded to defenders of human rights, democracy and the partnership between poor and poor nations. Gusmão will also attend a dinner hosted by President Jorge Sampaio. He returns to Dili on June 19. (Lusa)

Border Task Handed Over To PNTL

The United Nations Police (UNPOL) on Friday handed over the responsibility of Maliana (Bobonaro District) police to the Timor-Leste National Police, reported STL (STL)

Portugal's PM Asked UN Not to Abandon TL After 2004

Portugal's Prime Minister Durão Barroso asked the UN Secretary General not to abandon Timor-Leste after May 2004. He made the request on Friday during a meeting with Kofi Annan on his five-day official visit to the US. Barroso said the gradual reduction of the multinational force would not represent the complete withdrawal from the territory. He added that "Timor-Leste still continue to need the assistance of the international community. (Lusa)

Third UDT Congress

The Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) held a congress during the weekend, in Dili, with leader João Carrascalão saying he wanted to make East Timor's oldest political force an "effective" opposition to Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's government. The three-day congress in Dili, gathered around 600 delegates from all the country's 13 districts, aimed to reorganize and broaden its leadership structures, and reorient its strategy towards youth and the interior. "We want to prepare the UDT for an effective, intelligent and constructive opposition", Carrascalão told Lusa, adding it should challenge Alkatiri's Fretilin government with "alternatives", not "criticism for criticism's sake". He had pointed earlier that he did not want to stand again for the presidency of the party he founded, preferring to make room for "a younger, more dynamic" leader but was again elected as president of the party. (Lusa)


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