Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Sep 23-24 2004

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Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for September 23-24, 2004

Cooperation with neighboring countries is important

Timor Post

The commandant of the Timor-Leste Defense Forces (FDTL), General Brigadier, Mr. Taur Matan Ruak, said that it is very important to cooperate with our neighboring countries (Australia and Indonesia) to provide assistance to the newly independent country East Timor. He hopes that the Australian forces will continue to deliver land activity (counseling, English course, field training, etc) as well as marine training according to what has been discussed. Mr. Taur Matan Ruak also said that there have been many FDTL sent abroad to undertake military academy courses.

Government to pay attention to unemployment

Timor Post

Members of National Parliament from ASDT(Timor Social Democratic Association), called for the government to pay attention to unemployment in Timor-Leste. Mr. Feliciano Fatima, the chief of the ASDT faction, noted that the number of graduating high school students increases unemployment every year. Therefore, he recommended the government to provide employment opportunity for undergraduate students in Dili and out in the twelve districts. He described this as a national issue which could lead to instability in Timor-Leste.

Government won't able to prevent HIV/AIDS

Timor Post

According to the results of Dr. Daniel Murphy's HIV/AIDS survey in Bairo-Pite clinic, 15 peoples are infected, of which 7 have died. Mr. Rui Menezes, a member of National Parliament said that the number above indicates that the government (the Ministry of Health) won't be able to prevent the transmission as communities still have little awareness of the danger.

Baucau; 100 mental illness patients recovered

Timor Post

There are 159 patients with mental illness in the district of Baucau, according to data collected in 2002-2004 by the District Health Department. The coordinator of the Health District in Baucau, Mr. Luis da Cunha Rego noted that those 159 patients come from 6 sub-districts, and 100 of them are now recovered. Most of mental illness cases are women, he added, who were traumatized and suffer mental illness because their family economies are not sustainable. This information is based on patients and family histories. Mr. Rego also said that workshops are conducted to convey health information to communities, especially about mental health.

Alkatiri: Police not to brutal

Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

Police have to comply with the law and cannot act brutally to communities, said the Prime Minister, Prof. Dr. Mari Alkatiri in responding to the case where the UIR (Rapid Intervention Unit) physically violated Mr. Alipio da Costa Pinto in Tibar (Western Dili). The Prime Minister asked the UIR to act accordingly and appropriately without violating the law, in dealing with communities. He also asked the communities to obey the rules and respect the tasks of the police.

UNTL help construct a 6km road

Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The community of Vaviquinia Village, in the sub-district of Maubara, in the district of Liquica is currently cooperating with Timor-Leste National University (UNTL) students to construct a 6-km road. The road is financially supported by the Respect Fund of US$ 4. 700,00, said Mr. Lamartinho de Oliveira, chief of the working group. The students are also reorganizing the administration system and village structures. Through cooperation, these students are aiming to build living capacities in economy and domestic income, as well as illiteracy eradication, Mr. Oliveira added.

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The Government of the Kingdom of Thailand contributes US$25,000 to the UNDP RESPECT Program and donates 100 tons of Rice to the Timor-Leste Government.

Press Release

In a signing ceremony held in Dili today Ambassador Kulkumut Singhara Na. Ayudhaya of Thailand contributed USD$ 25,000 to the UNDP RESPECT project to facilitate and complete the construction of a monument at the National Memorial Park in Metinaro, a town East of Dili, and 100 tons of rice to the Timor-Leste Government. Each donation is embodied in a separate Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Ambassador, Prime Minister Alkatiri and Special Representative of the Secretary General, Sukehiro Hasegawa respectively. The memorial will commemorate those veterans and ex-combatants who lost their lives during the struggle for independence and the rice is for ?emergency humanitarian assistance in case of natural or man made disaster.? Prime Minister Alkatiri said today, ?I am humbled to receive this rice on behalf of the people of Timor-Leste, many who still suffer from poverty and hardship. My appreciation and thanks go to the people and Government of Thailand for their continued support of the difficult process of building a nation from the ashes of our troubled history. My government is committed to ensuring this rice gets to those people in need.?

The National Memorial Park Project is a national-level RESPECT project with a budget of US$213,000. The park will consist of a monument and ossuaries, a chapel and cross, park facilities and a nature reserve. Erection of the monument and construction of the ossuaries will give respect and recognition to those who lost their lives fighting for independence, and will give families a physical space for reflection.

The Memorial Park inauguration ceremony was held on 20 August 2004 in the presence of 2000 people, including the President and the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, as well as many other government officials, development partners, veterans, ex-combatants, and community members.

It is planned that the project will be completed by 28 November 2004, the date of recognition of the first declaration of Independence, and will be inaugurated by President Xanana Gusmao and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. Prime Minister Alkatiri also said, ?It is satisfying to see the cumulative success of the RESPECT project which is managed by UNDP. The importance of the program is obvious in that we all want to see both the support of, and clear and public recognition of the sacrifices of the people of Timor-Leste in their fight for our country?s Independence.?

Both the Timor-Leste Government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will report the use of these donations to the Government of Thailand.

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


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