Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 11 January 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Tuesday, 11 January 2005

Prime Minister participates in conference on development in Mauritius

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri left on Monday for Mauritius to participate in a conference on development, organised by the United Nations, which begins tomorrow. The objective of the conference is to observe development in small countries, which is difficult, especially in countries where there are no natural resources.

Through the conference, Alkatiri said, Timor-Leste would share its experience on how it manages its oil resources for achieving sustainability, and being able to carry out development based on the National Development Plan that has been prepared by the Government. “The advantage for the image of Timor-Leste in participating in such a gathering is to ensure that the world does not forget about Timor-Leste,” Alkatiri said.” Moreover, Timor-Leste should continue to be engaged in politics, adding that this will show that the country has the desire to move forward and is aware of how to achieve its goals. (STL)

Xanana Gusmão: Timor-Leste Continues to request UN’s Assistance

Speaking to the media on Monday after the meeting on security which was co-chaired by President Xanana Gusmão along with Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, the President said that Timor-Leste would continue to request for UN’s assistance even though UNMISET ends its mission on 20 May 2005. The assistance which would be requested by Timor-Leste, he said, would be availability of advisers and technical assistance.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister said that there was a need to provide better training and technical assistance for both PNTL and F-FDTL and to establish better working relations between the two institutions after UNMISET concludes its mission. SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa and other members of the diplomatic corps also attended the meeting. (STL, TP)

National Parliament approves Law on Former Veterans

The National Parliament on Monday approved the law on former combatants and veterans of FALINTIL. With this approval, the Parliament will establish a special commission to address this matter. The President of Parliament Francisco Guterres “Lu’Olo” was quoted as saying that the special commission would clearly identify the veterans. “If we do not create a special commission on the matter, then it will be difficult to identify them,” Lu’Olo added. (TP)

Gusmão sharing Portuguese aid with tsunami victims

Dili, Jan. 10 - President Xanana Gusmão said Monday that 10% of funds collected in an ongoing Portuguese campaign to aid Timor-Leste would be used in other countries to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The president said he was taking the initiative, as head of the Xanana Gusmão Foundation, “despite all the needs and wants the Timorese people still face”, adding that the funds would be donated to the Lisbon-based AMI medical charity that is currently working in Sri Lanka.

The pro-Timor Portuguese aid campaign, launched in June and set to run through March, is carried out in the name of the Gusmão Foundation.

Dili pledged USD 50,000 last week to help Indian Ocean rim countries devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami. (LUSA)

UNPAZ and Hosanna Church raise US $4,935.99 for Aceh tsunami victims

‘Universidade da Paz’ (UNPAZ) and Hosana Church have raised US $4,935.99 to be donated to Aceh Tsunami victims. Funds were raised through public contribution and a Humanitarian Concert held on 8th January at ‘Democracy Field’. Reports confirm that the donation has been transferred to the Indonesia Red Cross in Jakarta. The organising committee for both institutions thanked the public for their support and contributions. (STL, TP, TVTL)

Indonesia aims to address pending issues with Timor-Leste

Dili, January 10 - Indonesian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Ahmed Bey Sofwan said that the Indonesian government aims to address pending issues with Timor-Leste amicably. Ambassador Sofwan made the statement after a follow-up meeting with President Gusmão, PM Alkatiri, SRSG Sukehiro Hasegawa and other diplomatic corps at the Palace of Ashes. He also mentioned that apart from the follow-up on the report of the ‘working groups’, he also discussed bilateral issues between Indonesia and Timor-Leste, such as development of police and army. “We tried to look at the issues regarding security in the border or border security” explained Ambassador Sofwan. (TP)

Sarmento: 59 prisoners in Becora Prison are from 1999 Human Rights Violation

The director of Becora Prison, Carlos Sarmento, said that of the total 206 prisoners, 59 have been imprisoned due to their involvement in 1999 human rights violations. He further confirmed and clarified that of these 59, two are Indonesian. 93 of the 206 prisoners’ cases have been finalised by the court while others are currently in the process. (STL)

Cooperation between Timor-Leste and Portugal: Priority in Supporting the Teaching of Portuguese

Dili, 11 January A signing ceremony of the Annual Cooperation Plan between Portugal and Timor-Leste took place on 6 January 2005 at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Portugal. The Plan involves an amount of US $38.6 million (29.5 million Euros) and is designed for Timorese institutional capacity building and economic development projects.

The projects in support of education and the reintroduction of the Portuguese language in Timor-Leste constitute the priority in the assistance provided by Portugal to Timor-Leste. The intervention of Portugal focuses on the training of Timorese teachers in Portuguese language for both the official schools and the Catholic Church teaching institutions. This will allow the expansion of the teaching in Portuguese language to several subjects and education levels (basic, secondary and tertiary education).

As regards the tertiary education, the support to the Timor-Leste National University will have as a main objective the functioning of five university courses totally imparted in Portuguese language by teachers from Portuguese universities and Polytechnic Institutes.

Also, considering the commitment undertaken by Portugal at the Donor Conference held in Dili in 2002, Lisbon will ensure its support to the Timorese Government Budget deficit as well as its contributions to the Trust Fund for Timor-Leste for the reconstruction and the development of the country. (PR, Embassy of Portugal, Dili)

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