Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 23 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for November 23, 2004

Timor-Leste government sets weekend deadline for occupiers to abandon Dili mosque
Lusa News

The East Timorese government Monday ordered nearly 300 illegal Indonesian immigrants occupying Dili's Annur Mosque to cease their years-long protest action by the end of this week and normalize their presence in the country or face detention and deportation.

The Foreign Ministry Mr. Ramos Horta called a press conference last Monday to explain the deportation of five Islamic leaders, who he described as 'arrogant' and disrespectful of Timorese law.

Mr. Ramos Horta in his statement said that the remaining 269 Indonesians had until Saturday to abandon the Muslim sanctuary and 10 days to regularize their residency status.

Deportations of 5 Islamic leaders will not affect Indonesian relations, says PM
Timor Post

The Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri noted that the deportation of five Islamic leaders will not affect the relationship of between Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Mr. Ramos Horta, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said that the deportation would not have any impact on the cooperation between both countries.

Timor-Leste still needs international assistance, says PM
Timor Post

Mr. Mari Alkatiri, the Prime Minster, said that Timor-Leste still needs international assistance although the UN mission will end in May.

He noted that there will be a negotiation for future assistance taking place after before UN mission ends in order to define which areas still need further international assistance.

Prime Minister Alkatiri to meet L-7 on November 30
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

On November 30th, the Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri is going to have a meeting with Mr. Cornelio Gama alias L-7, the ex-Falintil commander in region III.

The paper mentioned that the aim of the meeting is to finalize the problem between the government and L-7, as well as veterans issues in general.

PDC criticizes Department of Water and Sanitation
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

A member of the National Parliament from PDC (Christian Democrat Party), Mr. Antonio Ximenes criticized the Department of Water and Sanitation.

The criticism is in relation to an unanswered proposal by the Department regarding the lack of a clean water facility in the Baucau District Hospital.

Mr. Ximenes said that this issue has been raised several times in the parliament, but no action has been taken.

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