Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring april 30, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring April 30, 2004

Timor Post

Donors still trust TL, says PM

Responding to critics from the opposition in the National Parliament about the international community losing their trust in the Government of Timor-Leste, the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the donors will continue to support and trust even further the Government of Timor-Leste. The Prime Minister said that he's very optimistic and it's best for the opposition to stop with their nonsense. The Prime Minister said that if the opposition was governing the country the donors would have gone long ago. The Prime Minister said those who are talking don't know, and do not have the capacity to talk.

1,300 people has registered to work abroad

The Secretary of State for Labor and Solidarity, Arsenio Paixão Bano, said that 1,300 people have registered in his Department for a chance to work abroad. He said that so far his Department has interviewed 200 out of the 1,300 who have registered.

CPLP supports Timor-Leste

In Lisbon on an official visit the President of the National Parliament, Lu Olo, said that the Portuguese Speaking Community (CPLP) has given full support to the Government of Timor-Leste regarding the Timor Sea issue. Mr Olo said that CPLP will prepare a strategy to support Timor-Leste in the upcoming meeting scheduled for July.

STL

AusAid supports JSMP

The Australian Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Paul Foley, has donated an amount of AUS$70,000 (US$50,000) to the Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) to carry out its work in protecting human rights and monitoring the justice sector. This is the third donation from AusAid to JSMP amounting to AUST$200,000. The Newspaper says that the donation is part of AusAid's small grants programs that covers human rights and judicial issues. (JSMP was established in 2001 with a focus on the judicial sector processes in the Dili, Baucau and Oecussi District courts).

Amnesty law handed to NP

The Prosecutor General, Longuinhos Monteiro, said that he has delivered the draft law for Amnesty to the Commission A in the National Parliament. Mr Longuinhos said that it's important for Timor-Leste to have an Amnesty law, and it's a matter for the Commission to set it as a priority or not. Mr Longuinhos said that Members of the Commission raised various contradictory points within the draft law that are not in accordance with the present Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649


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