Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 26 January 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Wednesday, 26 January 2005

Olimpio Branco: There Is A Need for Cooperation Between Timor-Leste and Indonesia In Security Sector

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Olimpio Branco, claims cooperation between F-FDTL and the Indonesian military, TNI, as well as PNTL and the Indonesian Police, POLRI, is very much needed in order to address the problem of former militia entering Timor-Leste. Branco said whilst cooperation between PNTL and TNI in regards to the provision of security in the border areas has been quite good, it still needs to be enhanced in the future. "I think the presence of former militia in Timor-Leste is related to the Indonesian Government's policy to remove them from West Timor," said Branco. The Vice Minister also added that the militia's presence in Timor-Leste does not mean that Indonesia is behind such action. (STL)

Longinhos Monteiro: "I am Ready To Address The Parliament"

Prosecutor General Longinhos Monteiro said he is ready to address the National Parliament on recent allegations of abuse of power at Dili Prosecutor's Office. When asked about the process of the investigation on the case, Monteiro said that it is still being carried out by his Deputy, Amandio Benevides, and he is expecting a final report by next Thursday. (Timor Post)

Mari Alkatiri: Timor-Leste Needs International Judges

Timor-Leste's Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, believes that the country still needs the presence of international judges. With UNMISET's mandate coming to an end in May and following a recent assessment showing that trainee judges failed to meet certain criteria, Alkatiri said, "they (UNMISET) are aware of the fact that we are still weak in the area of justice, therefore the presence of internationals is still very much needed." (Timor Post)

No Judges Become Permanent

The President of the Court of Appeal, Claudio Ximenes, announced yesterday the result of a three-month assessment of training for judges, prosecutors and public defenders. Ximenes said that none of the trainee judges were able to move on and become permanent judges since many did not meet the criteria needed. (STL).

Catholic Church Donates $24,674.80 For Tsunami Victims

The Bishop of Dili, Alberto Ricardo da Silva, announced yesterday that both Dili and Baucau dioceses donated $24,674.80 for Tsunami victims. Bishop da Silva thanked those who made a contribution. (STL)

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