Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 17, 2003

From UNMISET

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

STL

1. The Speaker for Fretilin in the Parliament, Mr Francisco Branco, has told STL that the National Police (PNTL) requires a radical change to its members' mentality. Mr Branco said that some of the national police are still using force as a means to dominate people, like during the colonial era. He said this should be erased. Mr Branco said that the police institution should radically change its mentality to accommodate its new vision in accordance to the Constitution. Mr Branco said this in response to the STL report on Kakaulidun's incident. (See Media Monitoring June 16).

2. The National Parliament strongly criticised the Kakaulidun's incident where 2 drunk off-duty Police caused a disturbance at a party. The Parliament said they regretted the negative impact that the incident had had on the police image, both nationally and internationally.

3. The Government of Japan has disbursed its second term donation of US$470.000 to the Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Timor-Leste, Mr Akinori Wada, presented the donation on Monday to the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Aniceto Guterres. The article said that the Government of Japan pledged US$1million donation to the Commission's activities during a visit by President Xanana Gusmao to Japan in January 2002.

4. The Chancellor of Dili's University, Dr Lucas da Costa, said that it is critical for the Government to consider the fiscal policy for the coming year. Mr Costa said " on one hand we invite foreign investors to come and invest in Timor-Leste, but on the other hand we introduce a tax increase. It is counter productive to the Government's efforts to attract investors" said Mr Costa.

TIMOR POST

1. The Director of East Timor Study Group, Joao M. Saldanha, (Phd), has said that the Agreement on free visa and trade for communities near the Timor-Leste and West Timor's border will end smuggling activities. Mr Saldanha welcomed the new agreement on free visa and free trade for border communities. He said it was a positive step towards strengthening the good relationship between the two countries.

2. The Commander of Timor-Leste's National Police (PNTL), Mr Paulo de Fatima Martins told Timor Post that there was an incident on Saturday where two martial groups engaged in fighting in the Colmera business area. The two groups were SH (an acronym in Bahasa Indonesia for Setia Hati) and Kongfu Master. As a result of the clash, two members from SH were taken to the hospital and suffered serious injuries. Mr Martins said that one of them already recovered and had returned home.

3. The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, said that all martial arts groups should obey the peace agreement already agreed in January 8, 2003. The witnesses of the January 8, 2003 peace agreement included, the RDTL's President, Mr Xanana Gusmao, then the Justice Minister, Mrs Ana Pessoa and the Commander of the Falintil-FDTL Gen. Taur Matan Ruak. Mr Lu-Olo said that they (martial arts groups) broke their promises. In addition, a member of the Parliament from Christian Democratic Party, Mr Antonio Ximenes made an appeal to the Parliament to set up a regulation regarding the formation of civic organizations. (The article does not expand upon Mr Ximenes comments).

4. The Commander of the National Police, Mr Paulo de Fatima Martins, yesterday told Timor Post and STL that the pistols taken from the off-duty Police Officers during the Kakaulidun incident had been returned to the police on Monday.


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