Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 25, 2003

From UNMISET

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING June 25, 200

STL

1. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, yesterday told reporters after the graduation ceremony of the National Police that the Government has no intention of giving preferences in the building up of the Falintil-FDTL (Timor-Leste's Defense Force) and the PNTL (Timor-Leste's National Police). Mr Alkatiri said that both institutions are state owned, not belonging to a group nor a party. The article said that some members of the Parliament had raised questions regarding the budget allocation for the two institutions. The article said that Opposition Parties in the Parliament accused the Government of undertaking a discriminatory policy in the budget allocation, in which the major portion of the annual budget was allocated to the National Police.

2. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri yesterday chaired the graduation ceremony of the National Police (PNTL) at the National Police Academy in Comoro. During the Graduation ceremony were presented the President of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, the Vice President of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Xavier do Amaral, State Minister, Dr Ana Pessoa, the Commander of the Falintil-FDTL, Gen Taur Matan Ruak, the Deputy of UNMISET, Mr Sukihiro Hasegawa, the Commander of the UNPOL, Sandy Piesley and cabinet members. The Commander of the National Police, Mr Paulo de Fatima Martins, said in his speech that for this graduation the total number of participants was 253, where 150 were selected from former combatants and the clandestine movement, 103 were recruited through the normal procedure.

TIMOR POST

1. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri yesterday said in his speech during the graduation ceremony that the National Police and the Falintil-FDTL should cooperate mutually in order to provide protection for the community. Mr Alkatiri said that the National Police and the F-FDTL, as protectors of the community, should keep their impartialities intact and not be influenced by other groups or political parties' interest.

2. The Speaker of the National Parliament, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, said that the National Parliament is setting up a regulation regarding the eligibility of Veterans and Ex-Combatants. Mr Lu-Olo yesterday spoke to reporters in response to the current controversy regarding the eligibility/criteria of veterans and former combatants.


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