Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring April 26, 2004

The content of this Email does not necessarily reflects the views of the World Bank. Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring April 26, 2004

Timor Post

Kuwait wants to attend TLDPM meeting

Today's edition of the newspaper says that the Government of Kuwait wants to help the Government of Timor-Leste with development, and wants to participate in the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting (TLDPM) scheduled for May 17-19. The newspaper said that an agreement was reached between the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri and the Vice-Prime Minister who is also the Vice-Minister of Interior, Sheikh Nawat Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City. During the meeting the Vice-Prime Minister of Kuwait congratulated the people of Timor-Leste for their resistance in the struggle and achieving the Independence. The Vice-Minister of Kuwait said that he hopes the people of Timor-Leste will work together for the progress of the nation. The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that he hopes the Government of Kuwait will support the people of Timor-Leste.

5 F-FDTL members graduated as military observers

Today's edition of the paper carried a story that says 5 members of Falintil the Forças de Defesa de Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) have been awarded certificates after the conclusion of training as military observers. The paper says that the training was conducted by UNNO based in the District of Bobonaro.

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Hatolia without electricity for 3 months

The Head of the Power Station in the Sub-District of Hatolia, District of Ermera, Annanias Horta, said that the Sub-District of Hatolia has been without electricity for the last three months, due to the shortage caused by lightning. He said that a report was sent to Dili, but so far they have no positive response.

Population without access to clean water in Ainaro

The coordinator for the Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) in the Sub-District of Ainaro, Elidio de Araujo, said that the population in the Sub-District of Ainaro does not have access to clean water. He said that a proposal was sent to the Government requesting assistance but the Government has not responded. He said that water is not the only problem the community faces but also the main road is in bad condition.

Market rehabilitation in Laga

The Sub-District Administrator of Laga, Francisco da Costa Belo, said that the local Government has plans to repair the local market for people to be able to sell their products. He said that the market rehabilitation will start on May 17, and also another 3 new markets are planned to open.

Education a problem in Maubisse

The Sub-District Administrator of Maubisse, District of Ainaro, Jose Mendonça Koto Moruk, said that the teachers are facing a dilemma for not having a place to live and being able to teach children in the sub-district school. He said that the teachers have to walk long distances every day, because the school is far from the village. Mr Koto Moruk said that there have been many protests from the parents as some teachers live in the District of Ainaro, and have to travel to Maubisse just to teach every day.

Wiranto does not have the credibility to be President, says Horta

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Ramos Horta, said to the international community and Timor-Leste that Wiranto does not have the credibility to be the president of Indonesia. The Minister said that it is up to the people of Indonesia to elect the right person to lead their country. Dr Horta said that he sees either Susilo Banbang Yudhoyono or President Megawati as the only two figures who have the potential and credibility to be the President of Indonesia. The Minister also said that it would be difficulty for Indonesia to cooperate with countries like TL, Australia, EU and the US. The Minister said that if Wiranto is elected then he would have difficulties in traveling abroad and that could discredit Indonesia internationally.

Sixteen suspects taken to court

Today's edition of the newspaper says that 16 people detained by the National Police Force (PNTL) and the Rapid Response Unit in Hera on April 19 are suspected of being involved in "ninja" activities. They have appeared in the local court. The newspaper says that the sixteen suspects are being tried for possessing firearms, home made guns, hand grenades, arrows, spears as well as the Singaporean flag, video cassettes, phones and TNI uniforms. The Paper reports that one of the suspects, with the initials of AC, is the coordinator of the group CPD-RDTL in the Hera region.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email: ffilipe@worldbank.org


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