Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 11, 2003

From UNMISET

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

June 11, 2003

TIMOR POST

1. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri arrived yesterday in Jakarta. The Prime Minister was received by Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Hasan Wirayuda and Timor-Leste's Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Arlindo Marcal, at Soekarno Hatta airport in Jakarta. In the evening the Prime Minister met with the UNHCR representative in Indonesia, Mr Robert P. Ashe at Hotel Mandarin. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta told Timor Post that they had received a warm welcome from Jakarta's citizens as well as the Government itself. He said he is confident about a positive outcome from the bilateral talks between President Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri.

2. President Xanana Gusmao is in Paris to receive the "Felix Houphouet-Boigny" peace prize from the United Nation's Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. The story says the East Timorese leader 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. President Gusmao also met with French President, Jacques Chirac on Monday at Elysee Palace. During the two hour talks, the French's President expressed his interest in investing in tourism sector. The French's President also cited New Caledonia's development as a good model for Timor-Leste.

3. Timor Post reports that a member of the National Parliament from PSD (Partido Social Democrata) party, Mr Joao Goncalves has protested the appointment of the Deputy Attorney General by UNMISET. Mr Goncalves said that in the Constitution the process should be started with nominee proposed by the Attorney General to the President of RDTL. Then, after receiving the nominee proposed by the Attorney General, the President will endorsed the candidate. He said the process that was followed was not constitutional.

STL

1. The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lo-Olo, said yesterday that he has received a complaint letter from the community of Sanirin, Balibo's Sub District. The letter said that four Border Patrol Unit staff had beaten five people in the village of Sanirin. The five of Sanirin's citizens were wounded in the brutal incident. The Speaker said that whatever the reason for the event it is not acceptable. He said that the Parliament will send an investigation team to look into the allegations.

2. Before his departure for an official visit to Jakarta, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, yesterday said at Nicolau Lobato's International airport that one of the discussion issues with President Megawati Soekarnoputri is the severance pay for the former Indonesian civil servants in East Timor. Mr Alkatiri said that the issue is already in his agenda because the payment process is not in accordance with the May 5, 1999 tripartite Agreement (Indonesia, Portugal and the United Nations).

3. STL did not carry a story about President Xanana Gusmao's visit to France. It does however, feature a big picture of President Xanana Gusmao inspecting the Republican Guards at Elysee Palace.


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