Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 17 January 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Monday, 17 January 2005

Australia asks Timor to resume talks on oil and gas

Australia has invited Timor-Leste to resume talks aimed at resolving a dispute about maritime boundaries and the division of royalties from oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea. According to Bloomberg, Timor-Leste is yet to respond to Australia’s invitation. A spokeswoman from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Nicole Guihot, said Australia has proposed that the talks be held some time in the first quarter of the year, although no date has been fixed.

In December, Woodside Petroleum stopped work on its proposed Sunrise gas project following the breakdown of talks between the two countries. Last week, Woodside announced that it would cut the project and re-deploy its staff elsewhere. “Our position hasn’t changed from November, that if we don’t have legal and fiscal certainty by the end of the year, the project stalls, we won’t spend any more money on it and people will be reassigned, and that’s just what’s happening,” said Woodside’s spokesman, Rob Millhouse. (Bloomberg)

Prime Minister postpones trip to Portugal

Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, has postponed his official trip to Portugal. The trip, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, will now take place after Legislative elections in Portugal on 20 February. Alkatiri’s first trip to Portugal as head of government was in October 2002. (Lusa)

Taur Matan Ruak: Building An Institution Is Not Easy

F-FDTL Commander Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak said that building an institution is not a task that can take place in a year or two but will take time and generations. The F-FTDL Commander added that problems will always arise throughout the process but the most important thing is to tackle them in a just manner. (Timor Post)

Xanana Gusmão: F-FDTL and PNTL helping people in times of disaster

On Saturday, President Xanana Gusmão stressed that it would be the responsibility of F-FDTL and PNTL, Timor-Leste’s two security agencies, to assist the population in times of natural disaster. Taking part in a friendly soccer game, President Gusmão hoped that the sportsmanship showed by the two security agencies on the football field would continue off it. (Timor Post)

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