Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 14 July 2005

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Daily Media Review

Thursday, 14 July 2005

Xanana Denies Australian Media Report

President Xanana Gusmão has denied information by the Australian media that during his official visit to Australia he agreed on Timor Sea negotiations to share 50-50 the revenues, Timor Post reported Thursday. “During my visit, I heard there were reports here (TL) that I had given my blessings to the Timor Sea negotiations, that’s not correct,” President Gusmão told the media upon his arrival from Darwin on Wednesday. (TP, DN)

Opposition Comments on the Budget

MP Rui Menezes (PD) said Prime Minister Alkatiri did not answer his question on the budget at the Parliament regarding poverty reduction. The Prime Minister had stated that he would not reduce poverty by begging in response to which Menezes said, “the government is really begging” through Timor Sea negotiations. MP Manuel Tilman (KOTA) said the budget debate on Wednesday should have resulted in alterations to the budget, according to article 1 of the budget legislation but his proposal for alterations was voted against by the majority. He noted that Members of Parliament should really represent the aspirations of the people and not obey whatever the Prime Minister says. João Carrascalão (UDT) said he totally agreed with the government budget, adding that although it is high, in reality it is insufficient to cover the people’s needs. MP João Gonçalves (PSD) and Eusebio Guterres (PD) were of the same opinion that the budget is insignificant as 60 per cent is for the bureaucracy and this will not be reduced (TP, DN)

PM Participates in Seminar in Portugal

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri departed today, Thursday to Portugal where he will participate in a conference organized by Fundação Oriente with the theme “Timor, Five Years After”.

The Prime Minister said that “ this colloquim is important for the Portuguese to understand better the process of the democratic construction of Timor-Leste, since UNTAET until now: the efforts developed by the Timorese administration and the inheritance we received. It is an experience worth sharing so that it can be used in future missions of the United Nations.” (Press Release, TP)

Government Promotes Investment

Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister José Ramos-Horta said now that the investment legislation has been adopted, the Government will start promoting investment overseas, although noting that he has been doing it during his overseas trips. Ramos-Horta said his Ministry will continue to organize seminars in other countries on investment. He said he has held seminars on Timor-Leste coffee and tourism as it is the work of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, which is not only confined to diplomacy. (TP)

Crime Prevention Workshop for PNTL

Members of PNTL’s Police Community Unit on Tuesday participated on a Workshop on crime prevention supported by the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA). According to Joao Belo, Commander of the Unit, the aim of the Workshop is to gather as many suggestions as possible from the participants in order for the Community Police to implement them.. According to Belo the long-term plan of the Police Community Unit once it is well equipped, is to establish police stations in every sub-village (suco). (TP)

PD Against Purchase of Ammunition

Members of Partido Democratico (PD) are against the decision by the Government to purchase ammunition without transparency, reported STL Thursday. “We are talking about ammunition which is directly connected to the security of this nation. That’s why the National Parliament has the right to control and check it but in reality it doesn’t know about the contract for the purchase of ammunition,” Eusebio Guterres said. (STL)

Population Must Have Courage to Criticize the Church

The coordinator of Fretilin Political Commission and the District Administrator of Covalima, Inacio Pires da Silva, told the population not to be scared to criticize the Church. According to STL, da Silva made these comments during a meeting with Partido Democratico militants who have shifted to Fretilin on July 2. “As a democratic nation we are all free to criticize each other including the Catholic Church. The people must have the courage to criticize the Church, especially the priests who are preaching politics during church service,” da Silva told the population. He added that the population must confront priests whose preaching does not follow the Bible. According to reports, Inacio da Silva received information prior to the Suco Chief elections that the priest of Suai had asked Christian followers not to vote for Fretilin. (STL)


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