Subject: Daily Media Review Monday, 31 May 2005

[Poster's note: Long repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list have been removed.]

Monday, 31 May 2005
Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources


Hasegawa presents UNOTIL mission to Xanana

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Timor-Leste Sukehiro Hasegawa yesterday met with Timor-Leste President Xanana Gusm„o at the Presidents Office, in order to discuss the new UNOTIL mission. Speaking after the meeting, Hasegawa told the media that President Xanana is very pleased with the continued presence of the UN in Timor-Leste, to continue to assist in Timor-Lesteís development. Hasegawa said that during the meeting he and Xanana mainly discussed the assistance that will continue to be provided by the UN advisors, two of whom will be placed in the Presidentís Office.

Hasegawa reiterated that although the UN remains in Timor-Leste, its mission is much smaller with a reduction from 1500 staff to 360, 150 of whom are international staff and the remaining 210 national staff. (STL)

Rogerio: No negative impact on Indonesia relations


Minister of Interior Rogerio Lobato said that the Indonesia Ambassador to Timor-Leste has assured him that Indonesia does not want to politicize the recent border shooting of a TNI soldier, and that there has been no negative impact on relations between the two neighbouring countries as a result of this case. Lobato said that shooting incidences such as these also occur in other countries with similar border situations, and that Timor-Leste will present its findings on the case to Indonesia in the very near future. (Timor Post)

MP Lucia: Viqueque thwart by terror

According to Member of Parliament Lucia Lobato from the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Fretilin have launched a campaign of terror and intimidation toward PSD militants in Uatolari, Viqueque District. Speaking during Parliamentís Plenary Session yesterday, Lobato said that these actions are related to the village chief and village council elections, as well as the Church demonstration, which finished some weeks ago. According to Lucia, the Parliament should investigate the situation, as not only Fretilin militants but also government officials are involved in the terror and intimidation. Lobato added that a PSD sympathizerís house had even been burnt down. Fretilin MP Elizario Ferreira rejected the charges, saying that Fretilin militants are educated people, not inclined to engage in terror and intimidation. (STL)

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