Subject: Media Monitoring Local Media Monitoring September 6, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring September 6, 2004

Timor Post

Indonesia deports Timorese citizen

The Indonesian immigration office in Atambua, West Timor, has deported a Timorese by the name, Silvina Sanches, to the District of Bobonaro, due to her illegal entrance to West Timor. According to the newspaper report Mrs Sanchez did not have the proper entry documents. According to the newspaper the Atambua Immigration Office also deported another Timorese, Antonio Hunu, for the same reason.

Calls for Hera Port to be shared

The newspaper reports that a meeting between the F-F-FDTL Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri Alkatiri, and the Secretary of State for Defence, Roque Rodrigues to discuss the sharing of the Port of Hera with the Ministry of Agriculture. According to the newspaper the Birgadier General said an agreement has been reached and that the Port of Hera will be shared between the Defence Force Naval Component and the Department of Fisheries. The Brigadier General said that he understands that fisheries is one of the main sources of Timor-Leste's revenue, so therefore priority should be given to this area.

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Viqueque community in West Timor wants to return home

A reconciliation meeting took place between the Viqueque communities living in Timor-Leste and West Timor, in Mota Ain, where those still living in West Timor were invited to return. According to the newspaper the meeting took place after the authorization was granted by the Immigration Police Commander in Batugade, Alfredo Abel. According to the newspaper the time allocated for both communities was very limited. A Viqueque community member called Antonio Ximenes said he managed to meet members of his family and invited them to return wich they have accepted. He said that he must now make use of IOM and UNHCR presence to facilitate their return to Viqueque.

Vox Populi (Weekly Newspaper)

Veterans are not a political party, says Xanana

During the dialogue between the Government and Veterans the President, Xanana Gusmão, reminded the Veterans that they were not a political party. According to the newspaper the President said that the Veterans were the pillar for security, and functioned to strengthen the national unity. The President also said that the veterans fought for 24 years for the independence of the country, which they did not do as a political party.

Friends recruited over the phone, says police

The newspaper reports that during a dialogue a member of the National Police Force, Antonio Guterres, who presented himself as the Nationalist Police Force said that corruption exists in the recruitment process in the PNTL. The newspaper reports that Mr Guterres said that only friends and family are recruited over the phone, while others have to follow the procedures. According to the newspaper, Antonio Guterres demanded that the Government should take quick action and repair the system of recruitment within the PNTL.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office


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