Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 23, 200

From UNMISET

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

STL

1. In response to the Chief of Staff of Falintil-FDTL, Col Lere Anan Timor's threat to resign, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that Falintil ?FDTL, as an National Security Institution, should understand "the National Development Plan and the Government Budget Policies". Mr Alkatiri said that he will not put the issue of former Falintil Combatants aside. The article said that Mr Alkatiri hopes to schedule a meeting with the Commander of Falintil-FDTL, Gen Taur Matan Ruak, the Chief of Staff, Col Lere Anan Timor and the State Secretary for Security Affairs, Mr Roque Rodrigues. Mr Alkatiri spoke to reporters on Saturday on his arrival from his visit to Britain.

2. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that it was an advantage for Timor-Leste to take part in the "Blair Initiative" regarding oil and gas management held in London. Mr Alkatiri said that the conference was attended by 60 countries. He said that a major part of the media coverage focused on Timor-Leste's participation. The Prime Minister said that even though Timor-Leste is a new nation, it is advanced in the management of oil and gas. He said that this advanced management was fostered by an Norwegian management style and also has a strong support from the Norwegian experts.

3. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the Government will channel its assistance to the flooded areas. Mr Alkatiri said that he has received a preliminary report from the Acting Prime Minister, Dr Ana Pessoa who has visited the flooded areas and has seen the communities' condition.

TIMOR POST

1. The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo said on Friday that the UNMISET mission will finish soon in Timor-Leste. Therefore Timor-Leste has to have an concrete program about defence and security issues. Mr Lu-Olo appealed to Timor-Leste's citizens to work together hands in hands to undertake defence and security tasks. Mr Lu-Olo said "we should make good use of the UNMISET presence in this remaining time".

2. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that governing a country is not the same as running a kiosk. He said that it needs a great effort, combined with a good national development plan to achieve the goal. Mr Alkatiri made his comments in relation to the threatened resignation of the Chief of Staff of the Falintil-FDTL, Col. Lere Anan Timor if the Government does not address the issue concerning Veterans and former Combatants' living conditions.

3. Timor Post also reported about Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's visit to Britain as reported in STL.


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