Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring October 25

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Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October 25, 2004

Timor Sea Negotiations resume today Timor Post

Timor-Leste and Australia began talks on the Timor Sea dispute in Hotel Timor today to define an acceptable maritime boundary between the two countries, the President, Mr. Xanana Gusmao said.

President Gusmao said that he hoped this meeting will result in a sensible solution for both countries.

This meeting will go on for three days with the delegation from Timor - Leste: State Secretary of Natural Resources and Energy Politic, Mr. Jose Texeira, including Commander Nuno Antunes and a Portuguese Specialist in International Law. The delegation from Australia: Representative of Doug Chester Company and General Secretary of Australian Foreign Affairs.

Road provides facility for community to work Timor Post

Development does not depend on roads, but infrastructure improves living conditions and provides a facility for the community to work, said the Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri after an inauguration ceremony for a new road that connects the sub-district of Uatulari, in the district of Viquque and the sub-district of Quelecai, in the district of Baucau.

The Prime Minister noted that the road will allow the community to achieve the development in their lives as long as they effort into their works.

Prime Minister Alkatiri was thanked in the communities in Baucau and Viqueque for helping build the 37-km road at the cost of $258.000,00.

Cooperation with Indonesia in education considered important Timor Post

It is very important that Timor-Leste cooperate with Indonesia in the area of education., said the Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, Mr. Armindo Maia.

Mr. Maia said that he wants to arrange a meeting with the Indonesian Minister of Education in order to talk about the continuation of cooperation between the two nations in the education sector.

About 1000 Timorese students are studying in in Indonesia, primarily in Jakarta, Malang, Denpasar and Kupang.

Government should control kerosene prices says resident Timor Post

The government of Timor ? Leste has not controlled the kerosene prices, causing people to use firewood instead, said Mr. Antonio Soares, a Dili resident in Becora.

Mr. Antonio noted that kerosene prices are not stable either in markets or small kiosks, varying between $0.50 to $0.80 per liter. Mr. Soares insisted the government to establish a national standard price, as the prices are too high.

PNTL to hold a dialogue with all martial arts leaders Suara Timor Lorosa' (STL)

The National Police of Timor ? Leste (PNTL) will hold a dialogue with all martial arts leaders on October 27 2004, said the PNTL Operational Deputy, Mr. Ismail da Costa Babo. He noted that the aim is to discuss the violence which has happened.

It is planned that this dialogue will involve government leaders, such as the President, Mr. Xanana Gusmao, the Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri, the President of the Parliament, Mr. Fransisco Guterres and others.

Mr. Paulo Martins, PNTL Commissioner, said that this dialogue is to get input from all the martial arts leaders in order to prevent continuation of the incidents which have occurred.

654 undergraduate students receive scholarships from Alola Foundation Suara Timor Lorosa?e (STL)

The Alola Foundation provided 654 scholarships to undergraduate students, including this year and last year, said the Scholarship Project Coordinator, Ms. Marquita Soares

This scholarship is given to students who have a good academic record and are prioritized for those who have financial difficulties.

She added that a student would be entitled to a scholarship if they have a 75% in the final result of their study.

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David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office


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