Subject: Daily Media Review 15 September 2003

Dili, September 15 2003

Daily Media Review

Government Actions Would Not Alarm CPD-RDTL: Antonio Matak

The Coordinator of CDP-RDTL, Antonio Aitahan Matak, said on Saturday that CPD-RDTL would not be afraid of any "actions" or "attacks" ordered by the government through PNTL, F-FDTL and the UN forces. CPD-RDTL has not violated any law, quite the contrary, he said, adding that his group has been defending the "restoration" of Timor-Leste's independence. Aitahan Matak was commenting on the statement made by Prime Minister Alkatiri, who said the government would request the national police, F-FDTL and the UN forces to discipline "illegal groups" including CPD-RDTL. (STL)

Brazilians Will Help to Establish the Timorese Navy

The Brazilian Navy will send a mission to Timor-Leste at the end of October to discuss the structure of the Timorese Navy, reported the Portuguese news agency, Lusa. According to Lusa, citing sources from the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, the Timorese Government made the request after the Namibia Navy was successful established by the Brazilian Navy Forces. (Lusa)

Government has Been Exempting Missionaries from Visa

The government of Timor-Leste has recognized the humanitarian role of Indonesian missionaries and therefore is exempting them from visa charges when they visit the newly independent country, reported the Indonesian news agency ANTARA. "The East Timorese government recognizes the humanitarian role of Indonesian missionaries in East Timor. They, in cooperation with local religious leaders, have contributed significantly to the East Timorese people's welfare," Indonesia missionary Peter Dominikus Kadju Dheo said on Saturday. Dheo said the Indonesian missionaries had been working in the mental-spiritual field in different institutions including those in education and health affairs. (Antara)

New Indonesian Ambassador to TL

Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has nominated a senior intelligence service member as the country's first ambassador to Timor-Leste. Ahmad Bey Sofwan is a deputy head of the National Intelligence Agency. The proposal must now be endorsed by Parliament. Indonesia has had a diplomatic mission in Timor-Leste since independence in May 2002. According to the media, human rights groups have reacted to the news saying that Ahmad Bey Sofwan is "inappropriate" for the post, "given the history of Indonesia and Timor-Leste". (TP, STL, ABC)

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