Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Jan 13, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Jan 13, 2004

Timor Post

Group taken advantage of the situation

The President of the National Parliament, Lu Olo, said that with the end of UNMISET mission, a group has emerged that appears and trying to destabilised the current situation in Timor-Leste by scaring the population. He said this group dislikes the Government. He added that they distributing ID cards, creating rumours and dressing as ninjas just to scare people. Lu Olo said that these people are outlaws, and he made an appeal to the population not to fall into the trap of listening to false rumours and spreading.

F-FDTL has no doubt about security

The Chief of Staff of F-FDTL, Colonel Lere Anan Timur, said that with UNMISET's end of mission in May, F-FDTL has no doubt about the security in Timor-Leste. He also said that only the National Police Force can guarantee peace and stability in the country. Colonel Lere also said if there is an external threat or provocation F-FDTL are ready with 24 years of experience to confront any external treat.

PNTL warrants stability in TL

During a Police ceremony the National Police Commissioner, Paulo de Fatima Martins, said that the Police have to strengthening solidarity amongst themselves to guarantee peace and stability in this country. He added that 2004 is the year of discipline for his men.

STL

PM stresses need for discipline and respect for human rights

The RDTL's Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri stressed yesterday the need for members of PNTL's Rapid Deployment Service elite unit (RDS) to be highly disciplined as they will be more heavily armed than regular police. He added that they also need to earn the public's trust and the best way to do it for RDS to strictly observe human rights. UNPOL Commissioner Sandi Peisley echoed the Prime Minister's comments and added that only those trainees who performed well and displayed the highest standards of professional behaviour during training would be selected for RDS deployment. The first batch of aspirants (120) started the first eliminatory stage of the 3 month training programme being run by UNPOL in cooperation with PNTL instructors. The RDS will be the specialist unit within PNTL, supporting the Border Patrol Unit or deploying in other rural areas of Timor-Leste when there is a threat level, especially from armed groups, that cannot be met by regular police.

NGO's destroyed the Timorese mentality

The Head of the Institution Maun ho Alin iha Kristu (IMAK), Irma Lourdes, said that the International Non Governmental Organisations (NGO's) who are operating in Timor-Leste have destroyed the Timorese mentality by giving them money. She added that the NGO's used the Timorese poor status to be able to seek donations from international funders. Irma Lourdes said that the NGO's were able to create discrimination with money amongst the Timorese society and thus people lost trust in one another. She added that the NGO's are only supporting and recruiting those Timorese who can speak English and Portuguese, and because of this, the majority of Timorese people see it as injustice and unfair.

There are no Ninjas, says Police Commissioner

The National Police Commissioner, Paulo de Fatima Martins, said that he has not received any report about Ninjas operating in Ainaro and added that the stories are only rumours. Mr Martins said that people who are creating these rumours are doing it with an intention to scare the population.

Aileu Hospital without food for patients

The Vice-Director of the Aileu Hospital, Manuela Ximenes, said that the hospital cannot afford to cook food for the patients because the budget allocated for the hospital was not enough. She added that food has been delivered by a restaurant but they have not been able to pay the restaurant owner. Mrs Ximenes also said that they had reported the situation to the Ministry of Health but they still waiting for an answer.

Electricity still a problem in Baucau

The Chefe de Suco of Kaibada-Uaimua, Sub-District of Baucau, Carlos da Costa, said that people in his region are not happy with the poor quality of service that is provided by EDTL in Baucau. He added that until now they have not been informed of the reason for the daily power blackouts.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 3110 Tel: 332 4649


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