Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 15, 2003

From UNMISET

September 15, 2003

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

STL

CPD-RDTL IS NOT AFRAID OF GOVT'S ACTIONS

The spokesperson for the CPD-RDTL (Conselho Popular de Defesa da Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste), Mr Antonio Aitahan Matak, said that the CPD-RDTL will not feel fear resulting from any actions that will be taken by the Government. Mr Matak said that the CPD-RDTL had not violated people's rights nor committed any crime. (Mr Matak's statement referred to the Prime Minister's statement during the "Open Government" visit to the District of Ainaro. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri 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. 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.

LU-OLO SAYS: FRETILIN PREPARES FOR NEW CHALLENGES

The President of Fretilin Party, Mr Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, said that Fretilin is the only party which was always forward-looking in defending the independence. He said his party always prepared in facing challenges in the future. The article said that the Fretilin party held a district's leader meeting in the District of Ainaro. Also participating were district leaders from Manufahi and Suai. The article said that the meeting was chaired by Fretilin's President, Mr Lu-Olo. Also present at the meeting was the Secretary General of the Fretilin, Mr Mari Alkatiri, and the Deputy Secretary General, Mr Jose Reis. The article said that the aim of the meeting was to analyze the entire process from 1975 until now and make structural adjustments.

OPEN GOVT IS AIMED AT CREATING OPEN DIALOGUE

The Prime Minister said that the Open Government program is aimed at creating a culture of dialogue, between community and the Government. Mr Alkatiri said that through dialogue the Government can redefine its priorities in the National Development Plan to make sure the NDP reflects the real needs of the people. The Prime Minister also said that the Open Government program assists the people to have a perspective and not to lose their hope.

TIMOR POST

PM: "OPEN GVT SWEEP AWAY PEOPLE'S FEAR"

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the District of Ainaro is different from other districts in Timor-Leste. Mr Alkatiri said that the people of Ainaro always live in fear of groups that always threat them. Mr Alkatiri said that the Open Government is important in Ainaro, because it will help sweep away people's fear.

Timor Post also reported on Fretilin Party meeting in Ainaro as per the STL report.


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