Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Nov 26, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Nov 26, 2003

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Troops continue East Timor border duties during Idul Fitri A total of 1,500 Indonesian troops remain on duty to safeguard the security of the Indonesia-East Timor border during the Idul Fitri festivity which fell on Tuesday. The soldiers remained at their respective posts. They performed their Idul Fitri prayers in their respective areas, Task Force commander for Indonesia-East Timor border security Col Joko Setiyono said. "The soldiers are divided into three battalions ...," he told Bishop Anton Pain Ratu and his entourage during their Idul Fitri-related visit at the task force headquarters here.

Belus Bishop visits local Moslem Leader Atambua - The chief of the Catholic church in Belu district bordering on East Timor, Bishop Anton Pain Ratu, on Tuesday paid a personal visit to the local Moslem leader to convey his greetings on the occasion of the Idul Fitri festivity. Accompanied by nuns, pastors and local Catholic community leaders, he visited the chairman of the Belu branch of the Council of Indonesian Ulema (MUI), Muhammad Hasan. The visit was meant to strengthen the good relations between Moslems and Christians in the province.

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Minister disappointed with Parliament The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Eng Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, said that he's very disappointed with those members of the Parliament who were invited for the opening of the Agricultural Expo, but did not turn up. He added that the EXPO was supported by World Vision, USAID, UNDP, UNOPS, FAO, RESPECT and OISCA. Mr da Silva said that the Parliamentarians who did not attend had lost an opportunity to learn about the natural resources of Timor-Leste, especially in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

27 Indonesian citizens deported A Public Prosecutor, Afonso Carmona, said that the 27 Indonesian citizens were detained when they illegally entered the District of Oe-Cussi. He added that 4 out of the 27 detained are currently under investigation by the Indonesian Police for stealing.

Guerrilla tactics to combat new Party (PSD new faction) The Head of the Information Division for F-FDTL, Lt Cornel Mau Nana, said that he will use guerrilla tactics against the new Party for "dirtying" his name by claiming he is one of their supporters. Lt Nana added that he has given an ultimatum to the Party to clarify the situation before 24 of December.

Illegal organization in Manufahe A member of the community of Hola-Rua, Sub-District of Same, Januario Cortereal, said that the National Police of Timor-Leste had organized meetings with the population to improve cooperation between the community and the Police. (The story appeared under a misleading headline: Illegal organization operating in Manufahe).

32 CHUBB security staff on strike A staff member of Chubb Security, Juliao Goncalves Pereira, said that the reason for their strike was because the World Bank and CHUBB does not want to look after them. He added that the Chubb staff said their salary had been cut from USD 130 to USD 94 per month. The article reported that the World Bank said the dispute was between Chubb its Chubb contract staff , and therefore it was not a matter the World Bank could comment upon.

No Timor Post today

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 3110 Tel: 332 4649 Email: ffilipe@worldbank.org Email: maubere07@yahoo.com.au


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