Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Nov 10th, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Nov 10, 2003

Timor Post

Pneumonia kills 38% of kids A report released by the National Hospital of Timor-Leste shows that 38% of kids under the age of five who are hospitalised suffer from pneumonia. The report also shows that the cause of the high level of mortality in kids (16% ) is not from pneumonia alone but also the result of cerebral malaria and malnutrition.

No plans for F-FDTL to work with Special Police Force The Brigadier General of F-FDTL, Taur Matan Ruak, said that there are no immediate plans to work in close cooperation with the Special Police Force. He added that if a situation needs support, F-FDTL will give it upon their request.

Belo's popularity hasn't faded The exit poll conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) about well known figures and Timorese politicians shows that Bishop Belo leads the poll with 95% of the votes followed by D. Basilio do Nascimento and Xanana Gusmao with 94%.

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Leandro Isaac sidelined by PSD Zacarias da Costa, member of PSD, said that after the closing ceremony of the National Congress, the former Vice-President of PSD, Leandro Isaac, was sacked by the party for not complying with the party's guideline in the Parliament of Timor-Leste. Mr Costa said that Lucia Lobato was elected as the new vice-President replacing Leandro Isaac.

Special Police Force task is to fight criminality A Member of the Parliament of Timor-Leste, Francisco Branco, said that the task of the Special Police Force is to fight criminality and not to defend the Government. He added that as a Special Police Force, like those in any other country in the World, their role also is to prevent any act of terrorism in Timor-Leste.

Positive to have Central Bank The Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rui Manuel Castro, said that the decision taken for Timor-Leste to have its own Central Bank was a wise decision. He added that with the establishment of the Central Bank, Timor-Leste can have a better control of its budget.

Australian Forces embrace new currency Australian troops have embraced Timor-Leste's new currency as coins started circulating this week. Over the recent weeks, the Government of Timor-Leste have promoted the incorporation of the new centavos and Australian troops will be the first UN Peace Keepers to adopt the currency.

Peacekeeping might be extended in Timor-Leste The Defence Minister of Australia, Robert Hill, said to a Senate committee hearing that the May 20 date for the conclusion of the latest UN peacekeeping operation in Timor-Leste might be extended. Mr Hill said that there is an informal debate within the UN at the moment about what should follow the completion of the existing mandate. He added that the Timorese Government would like to see a continuation of security support in some form or other.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office


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