Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 19 January 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Wednesday, 19 January 2005

Five Countries Are Ready to Receive Workers from Timor-Leste

The Director of the Labour and Professional Training Unit of the Office of Secretary of State for Labour and Solidarity, Albano Salem, announced that at least five countries - Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and China - have confirmed their readiness to receive workers from Timor-Leste. “South Korea, in particular, is eager to take on board workers from Timor-Leste to fulfill an agreement signed between the two nations,” said Salem According to Salem, the five countries have given the green light to Timor-Leste to send workers for a one-year period, where they will also be given the chance to extend their contract in accordance with the needs of the companies where they will work. (STL)

Police Reserve Unit Was Engaged In A Crossfire With An Unidentified Group

Timor-Leste’s National Police Reserve Unit (PRU) was engaged in a crossfire with an unidentified group in Cailaco, Bobonaro district yesterday. PNTL’s Deputy Commander Inspector Ismail Babo confirmed the incident but he was reluctant to provide the details before a complete investigation could take place. Babo said he would confirm the results of the investigation once he returns from Cailaco.

Members of PRU said that during the ten-minute crossfire, they managed to arrest one person after an unidentified person threw a hand grenade towards police. There has not yet been any confirmation on how many people were injured or killed. (Timor Post)

Xanana and Yudhoyono Can Further Strengthen Relations

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Ramos-Horta, said that he believed the upcoming meeting between President Gusmão and his Indonesian counterpart, President Yudhoyono, to be held on 28 January, will further strengthen relations between the two countries. Ramos-Horta said during the meeting between the two leaders they should further examine the Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) in which President Gusmão, Prime Minister Alkatiri and President Yudhoyono signed an agreement for its establishment in Bali last December. “The process of CTF is very important for the sake of closing a chapter of history between Timor-Leste and Indonesia. With this, we can move towards the future bettering our relations,” Ramos-Horta said.

Ramos-Horta expects that President Gusmão himself will be the one to lead CFT, adding that the President is the one who knows Indonesia much better. “People in Indonesia respect and trust the President, therefore we should put our trust in him,” Ramos-Horta added. (STL)

Australian military chief to retire

Australian military chief, General Peter Cosgrove, who led a multinational peacekeeping force in Timor-Leste, is set to retire from the military in July. General Cosgrove will end 40-years of service in the military. A former Australian of the Year, Cosgrove took on Australia’s top defence job in 2002. (AFP, The Herald Sun)

Launch of new system improves management of Timor’s civil service

The Government of Timor-Leste and UNDP have completed the process of data validation for 12,000 civil servant records in the country. The validation of data is a crucial first step for the implementation of a computerized Personnel Management Information System (PMIS), a database linked to the Government’s payroll system. PMIS will enable the Government to centralize the management of human resources in the civil service, track recruitment, plan careers and manage pensions. The PMIS is an initiative under UNDP’s “Capacity Development for Human Resource Management in the Civil Service” project. (UNDP Press Release)

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