Subject: Local Media Monitoring - 25 Sep 2003
LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING
25 Sep 2003
RUMORS OF MILITIA RETALIATION IN THE BORDER
The Commander of the Border Patrol Unit, Abilio de Carvalho, said that after the death of Francisco Viegas Bereatu an alleged former militia who was killed in a cross border incident, there are rumors in the Bobonaro District that former militias will retaliate. The alleged militia said that they do not accept their leader's death. Mr Carvalho said that even though it is only rumors, the Border Patrol Unit and PNTL (with the UNPKF back up) and Indonesian military and police are prepared for any disturbances in the border.
CLASH IN CUSTOMS
STL reported on the clash between Customs and entrepreneurs who want to take their goods from the Customs' warehouse. The article said that entrepreneurs were concerned about the unfriendly service provided by the Customs. The entrepreneurs said that they had fulfilled all the requirements needed and could still not take their goods.
BORDER INCIDENT DOES NOT AFFECT TL - INDONESIA RELATIONS
The Acting PNTL Commander, Julio Hornai, spoke to Timor Post that the border incident which resulted in 1 death does not affect the relationship between Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Mr Hornai said that the border incident is still under investigation. He said that the investigation was carried out jointly by the Timor-Leste's Border Patrol Unit and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI). The investigation's results will be announced after the joint team complete their task.
F-FDTL TAKES DISCIPLINE ACTIONS TO ITS MEMBERS AS EXAMPLE
Timor Post sought opinions relating to the dismissal of Leut. Domingos Agusto Deker from F-FDTL. Julio Thomas Pinto, a military and political observer said the dismissal of Leut Deker from F-FDTL is a clear message to PNTL not to protect members who have broken the law, even though Timor-Leste does not have yet its military law in place. Timor Post also interviewed a Parliamentarian member from PSD, Mr Vidal de Jesus Riak Leman, regarding the dismissal of Leut Deker. Mr Leman said that he thought that Gen Taur Matan Ruak's decision was sound, therefore this event serves as example for other institutions include PNTL to apply the same manner as the F-FDTL did to Leut. Deker.