Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 11, 2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

September 11, 2003

STL

THE GOVT WILL REGULATE ILLEGAL GROUPS

During the "Open Government" visit to the District of Ainaro, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri yesterday said that the Government will release a warrant for the National Police (PNTL) to regulate illegal groups or organizations. "If the police cannot carry out this task we will use the armed forces (F- FDTL). If the F-FDTL also can not undertake this task we will ask for UN support" said the Prime Minister in Hatubuiliko Sub-District. The article said that the Prime Minister made this statement in response to the community complaints against the CPD-RDTL (Comite Popular de Defesa ? Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste) that they used the national flag and the name of the former President of Fretilin, Mr Nicolau Lobato, to support their political activities by collecting money and goods from the people in the villages.

MR ALATAS SAYS:"DO NOT REPEAT INDONESIA'S ERRORS IN THE PAST"

Prior to his departure to Jakarta, the former Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr Ali Alatas, said that he hopes Timor-Leste will learn from mistakes made by Indonesia in the past. Mr Alatas said that by learning from the mistakes that had been made by Indonesia and other nations in the past, Timor-Leste could avoid committing the same errors and make a good policy for organizing the country.

PRESIDENT XANANA INAUGURATES CANOSSA PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE

President Xanana Gusmao officially inaugurated the Professional Institution of Canossa in Delta Comoro Dili. Before the inauguration, Bishop of Dili and Baucau Diocese, Monsignor Basilio do Nascimento and the Vatican Ambassador to the United Nations, Monsignor Renato Martino, blessed the premises.

THE GOVT WILL REGULATE UNIVERSITIES

The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr Armindo Maia, said that the Government is drafting a regulation regarding the establishment of higher education facilities by the private sector. Dr Maia said that the draft regulation consists of eligibility criteria for the establishment of a private higher education institution.

TIMOR POST

AD HOC TIBUNAL NOT SATISFACTORY

Former Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr Ali Alatas, commented on the Ad Hoc tribunal established by the Indonesian Government to judge those responsible for crimes against humanity committed in Timor-Leste in 1999. He said that he knows that there is a lot of dissatisfaction regarding the Ad Hoc tribunal in Jakarta. However, the Ad Hoc tribunal was a process undertaken by the Judiciary and the Government did not interfere in the process. "The present Government is not the same as the one of the past" said Mr Alatas.

Timor Post also reported on the inauguration of the Canossa Professional Institute by President Xanana Gusmao as per the STL report


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