Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 3 February 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Thursday, 3 February 2005

Rogerio Lobato: "Infiltrated Militia Committing Crime Will Be Shot Dead"

The Minister of Interior, Rogerio Tiago Lobato, announced that his ministry will authorize PNTL to shoot dead any former militia who dares to commit a crime in the territory. "Police should take strong action against former militia members who infiltrate to Timor-Leste and disrupt people's tranquillity. Armed officers must use their rifles to defend the masses," Lobato said.

Lobato said that the killing of three Indonesian citizens in Kowa, Bobonaro district, on 27 January was a fatal incident. He said an investigation will be conducted and the results will be sent to the Indonesian Government.

According to Lobato, to tackle the problem of militia infiltrations from West Timor, there is a need for cooperation between the security institutions of the two countries. Lobato also said the other alternative to prevent the infiltration of militia is through strengthening the capacity of PNTL's Border Patrol Unit (BPU) by providing them with adequate facilities. "I notice that many community members want to help the police by providing the information. Thus, this is one of the strategies that we apply in order to guarantee the stability and the security of this nation," Lobato said. (Timor Post, STL)

German Foreign Minister to visit Timor

Germany's Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer, is set to arrive in Dili later this week as part on an official visit to Southeast Asia. Fischer will be only the second European Union Foreign Minister to visit Timor-Leste since it won independence in 2002.

The Foreign Minister will also visit Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand to promote Berlin's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council as well as assess relief efforts in the tsunami-hit Banda Aceh region. (AFP)

Health Department Urges Community to Be On Guard Against Dengue

The Director of the National Hospital, Antonio Caleres, has urged the community, as well as all hospitals, health clinics and health centres to increase their vigilance against dengue fever. The Health Department has asked health professionals to be proactive in identifying the disease, by carrying out early detection and taking blood samples. Caleres said that there has been an explosion in the incidence of dengue fever and malaria in several areas.

Meanwhile, the Dili District Administrator, Ruben Braz de Carvalho, has asked all city cleaners not to hesitate in capturing livestock wandering around the city as they may also be carrying the disease. (STL)

Bishop Belo: People Must Not Rely on Aid

Bishop Belo has urged people to work hard to overcome the starvation crisis. "People must not just rely on help from others or overseas aid," said the Bishop on his way back from Denpasar yesterday. (STL)

Lu-Olo: "We Have Decided How to Promote Portuguese Language"

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, after returning from his visit to Brazil to attend the Parliamentarian summit of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), the President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres "Lu-Olo", stated that the CPLP has decided to promote Portuguese language in each of its member states in Asian and African regions.

Lu-Olo said aside from deciding to preserve and develop Portuguese language, the delegates also decided to respect other languages spoken in each country member, such as Indonesian and Chinese as in the case of Timor-Leste. In addition, Lu-Olo stated that during the summit the CPLP's Parliamentarians also decided to create a network on how to deal with HIV/AIDS. (Timor Post)

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