Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 19, 2003

From UNMISET

LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

September 19, 2003

STL

PRESIDENT XANANA SAYS: "I WILL WEAR MILITARY UNIFORM AGAIN"

President Xanana Gusmao said that he would wear his military uniform again if the CPD-RDTL and other isolated groups want to fight again after the UNMISET and PKF withdrawal in 2004. The article said that during his 3 day visit to the Sub District of Turiscai and Remexio, the communities in these districts complained about threats made by the CPD-RDTL and other isolated groups. The article said that these organized groups has threatened the community if they did not follow them. They said they would kill community members after the PKF and UN mission withdrawal. President Xanana said that as the President of RDTL he has the responsibility to embrace all segments of the society as stipulated in the Constitution.

UN PKF MISSION IS NOT LIMITED TO SECURITY

The Commander of the UN PKF in Timor Leste, Let Gen Khairuddin Bin Mat Yusof, said that UN PKF's task and responsibilities in Timor-Leste were not limited to security matters, but also involved development tasks. General Yusof was speaking to STL after the inauguration of the Lugasa bridge in the District of Viqueque area.

PSD WILL HELD ITS CONGRESS IN OCTOBER 23

The Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party, Mr Joe Goncalves, yesterday said that his party will commemorate its third anniversary on Saturday September 20, 2003 at My Field Hotel in Dili. He said that his party will use this event to gather their members from 13 districts and hold a preliminary meeting before the party's congress in October 23, 2003.

TIMOR POST

HUNGARIAN AND MALAYSIAN AMBASSADORS PRESENT CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT XANANA GUSMAO

Hungary yesterday officially opened its Embassy in Timor-Leste. The event was marked by the presentation of credentials from the Hungarian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, His Excellence Ambassador Gyorgy Buzstin, to the President of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, His Excellency President Xanana Gusmao. Present at the ceremony were the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, President's Chief of Staff, Mr Agio Pereira, and key staff from Foreign Affairs Department. After the ceremony, Ambassador Buzstin told reporters that his country is willing to assist Timor-Leste in the agriculture sector, economy, education, and energy. On the same day President Xanana Gusmao also received credentials from the first Ambassador of Malaysia to Timor-Leste, His Excellency Ambassador Abdullah Faiz Bin Mohd Zain, at the Palace of Ashes. After the ceremony, President Xanana accompanied by Foreign Minister, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, held a closed door meeting with Ambassador Zain. After the meeting Ambassador Zain spoke to reporters said he will make efforts to increase bilateral cooperation between Malaysia and Timor-Leste.

DR HORTA SAYS:"IT IS POSITIVE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA

In response to reporters question relating to building bilateral relationship with China and Timor-Leste's internal stability, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, said that it is positive to build relationship with the People's Republic of China. He said that China never interferes other nations internal affairs. He added that the Chinese Government is preoccupied with its economic development. Dr Horta also said that China does not care whether a nation is communist or not in building bilateral relations.

Timor Post also reported on President Xanana's visit to the Sub District of Turiscai and Remexio as per the STL report.


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