Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitong December 01 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for December 01, 2004

Bishop question security after UNMISET Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The Bishop of Dili diocese, Mgr. Alberto Ricardo da Silva questions whether Timorese communities are able to guarantee peace, justice and cooperation among them when the UNMISET (United Nations Mission Support for East Timor) mission finishes on May 20th 2005.

In the same article he also questions the human resource of the Timorese as the nation has just achieved its independence on May 20, 2002.

He noted that the country still needs international assistance in development areas, such as financial facility, education, health and road and bridge rehabilitation.

With the above concerns, the bishop wants the UNIMSET mission to be withdrawn phase-by-phase in order to provide further assistance in those areas mentioned.

National Parliament Debate Ex Combatants & Veterans Falintil's law Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The president of the National Parliament, Mr. Fransisco Guterres alias Lu-Olo said that the parliament through a temporary commission conducted a debate on Monday, November 29th to define concrete data in order to establish the law about ex-combatants and veterans Falintil.

Mr. Guterres said that the debate was based on an evaluation report sent to the president by the commission.

He also said that the law is to regulate the ex-combatants and veterans as well as to recognize the value of their works made in the past.

Dili Health Department Conducts HIV/AIDS Seminar Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The World is celebrating the AIDS Day today, December 01 and everyone pays attention to those who suffer from the disease in every country including Timor-Leste.

The Dili Health District Department (DSSD) conducted a seminar on HIV/AIDS to communities on Friday, November 26th, which was supported by UNICEF, said the head of Health District Department, Mr. Oscar Abel.

The title was 'HIV/AIDS Workshop to Share Information to the Dili District Communities'.

He added that the aim of the seminar is to publicize information about HIV/AIDS and the dangers caused by the virus.

Development budget still low, says Bobonaro District Administrator Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

Mr. Leonel de Jesús Carvalho, the district administrator of Bobonaro noted that the budget for development is still low, and therefore he asks his communities to be aware of it and not expect the government to finance or support works, which can be locally done by them.

He also said that in order to achieve proper development in all sectors in the districts, there has to be cooperation between the communities, local leaders, and all departments that exist at the district level.

27 donated generators in districts are not functioning properly, says electricity official Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The district and sub-district electricity manager, Mr. Domingos Bonaparte Soares, said that at least 27 generators, which have been donated and distributed to the 13 districts, are having problems or are broken.

He said that in order to overcome these problems he request each district to clarify and give details of their issues.

He also said that the Energy Department is independent, and he advised each of the district department head to report to the district department when any serious damage had been found. This report is to consider any further action that can be taken to resolve the relevant issues.

PN Request Road Rehabilitation in Dili Timor Post

Two members of the National Parliament from the Fretilin Party, Mr. Joaquim do Santos and Ms. Cipriana Ferreira requested that Parliament rehabilitate roads in Dili, especially the main roads in the Becusse and Manuleu areas.

They urged this program to be carried out by the Ministry of Public Works. The rehabilitation is to prevent traffic congestion during the rainy season.

Mr. Xanana Gusmao to meet incoming US State Secretary during Washington trip Timor Post

The President of Timor Leste, Mr. Xanana Gusmao begins an official visit to America this weekend to meet Secretary of State Designate Condolezza Rice and the heads of international financial institutions, an official said.

He also plans to meet with the directors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, said an official in the President?s Office.

He will also receive W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award from the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

The award is to recognize his pivotal role in the organization of Dili?s 1999 independence ballot and his continuing efforts to consolidate democracy in the country, said the official.

Mr. Xanana will return to Timor Leste on December 12, via Japan to attend meetings with Japanese prime Minister, Mr. Enzo Koizumi and Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura, the official added.

Note: The World Bank welcomes comments and suggestions, as well as information about errors that call for correction. Messages may be sent to Sildonia Sarmento who can be reached through e-mail at ssarmento@worldbank.org or telephoned at 332 4649, extension 304.

David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office Tel: 332 4649 Email: ddearaujo@worldbank.org


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