Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 10 January2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

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Daily Media Review Monday, 10 January2005

President Gusmão opens bank account for “Operasaun Domin” (Peace Operation)

Dili - President Gusmão, accompanied by SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa, PM Alkatiri and President of the National Parliament, Lu’Olo opened a special bank account at BNU on January 6 for “Operasaun Domin” or “Peace Operation” in order to raise funds to assist the victims of the tsunami tragedy in Indonesia. President Gusmão explained that opening the account expresses solidarity and urges action and not just talk. He invited Timor-Leste citizens to participate in the “Peace Operation” with their donations.

Meanwhile, PM Alkatiri clarified that Timor-Leste government also has opened a separate bank account for civil servants to make their donations. When asked about collective contributions from NGOs, the Prime Minister said that their donations should be deposited in the account opened by President Gusmão.

In separate article, STL reported that Timorese population solidarity gesture was further highlighted when President Gusmão, SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa, PM Alkatiri, dignitaries and local residents laid wreaths in the sea on Sunday, January 9. STL also reported that the donation through the bank account opened by President Gusmão has now reached US $7,497.50 as of January 10 2005. (STL)

Timor-Leste joins international aid for tsunami

Jakarta - Timor-Leste President Xanana Gusmao is slated to visit Indonesia later this month to hand over a donation from his people for victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami.

In a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday, Timor-Leste Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramos Horta said that although his country is the poorest in the world, the people would like to share the grief of the Indonesian people.

“Our people are gathering donations, some are just one cent, some are more, and it was led by President Gusmao”, the Minister said after the meeting. Horta was in Jakarta to attend the one-day summit on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami on Thursday. (The Jakarta Post)

President Gusmão calls five suspects believed to have spread tsunami rumour in Dili

President Xanana Gusmão on Friday, asked PNTL to bring him the five suspects that were arrested due to their involvement in spreading rumours about the tsunami attack in Dili, reported Timor Post.

Meantime, the National Police or PNTL was reported as ignoring President Gusmão’s request due to the investigation process that police are conducting. The report describes that based on the legal procedure; the five suspects are not allowed to leave the cell until the investigation is concluded. The report also states that President Gusmão suggested not to use the existing legal process to try the five suspects but to take the five suspects around town to apologise to the population. (TP)

What of Truth Commission for Timor-Leste?

Amsterdam - Indonesia has asked Timor-Leste to initiate a joint-commission of truth and reconciliation to resolve the issue of the violence during and after the United Nations-organised vote in Timor-Leste in 1999.

With some 1,500 deaths, a capital destroyed, hundreds of thousands forcibly deported and 17 of only 18 defendants acquitted (one more has an appeal pending), the crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Army and its proxies, have apparently been completed with total impunity. But who, then, is responsible for the mayhem?

The Indonesia-Timor-Leste Truth Commission is yet to spell out its aim and modus operandi. However, being a truth commission, it will have -- if any -- limited judicial power. To resolve the issue, a truly credible court -- a hybrid or international tribunal -- should precede such a commission, check the above findings, and let justice take its course. (The Jakarta Post)

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School materials to be donated to Timor-Leste

Coimbra, 9 January - In response to an appeal launched through the Internet by a Portuguese teacher in Dili asking for donations in order to minimize the almost non-existence of books in Portuguese language in Timor-Leste schools, over 16 boxes of school materials have been collected. These include over 2,000 schoolbooks, small encyclopaedias, dictionaries, Portuguese, English, and Natural Science manuals, colour pencils and other children/youth literature. Bonifrates Theatre Company of Coimbra, Portugal collected the materials which will be sent to Timor-Leste this month with the assistance of “Fundacao das Universidades Portuguesas” for distribution in schools. (LUSA)

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