Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review  07 June 2005

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


Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review
Tuesday, 07 June 2005


UN not committed to prosecuting '99 suspects

The United Nations through the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) was not committed to prosecuting suspects of the 1999 crimes, according to Napoleao Soares, a lawyer working with the Legal Aid Service Ukun Rasik An. Speaking to Timor Post at the Dili District Court on Monday, Soares said that suspects such as ex-militia commander Eurico Guterres and former TNI Commander General Wiranto, among others, have not been prosecuted. He said that it is the 'small fish' who have been prosecuted, in order to fulfill the Mission's mandate. According to Soares, the mandate of the Special Panels should be extended in order to prosecute serious crimes that occurred in Timor-Leste.

But according to Member of Parliament from KOTA party, Clementino dos Reis Amaral, even though the UN mission has finished, the Timor-Leste National Police may have the ability to arrest suspects in Indonesia and bring them to trial. Amaral said that this possibility exists under the international law that Timor-Leste has adopted. (Timor Post)

MP: Government should investigate F-FDTL building

Vice-President of Commission B for Defense and Security in the National Parliament Clementino dos Reis Amaral says that the government must investigate the company contracted to build the F-FDTL installation in Baucau. Amaral said that as much as
US $650 000 has been lost on the project, the project has ceased, and that the contractor has disappeared. Speaking in Parliament's Plenary Session on Monday, and related to Commission B's recent visit to the installation, Amaral said that the calculations on the amount of money needed for the project fell far short of the amount needed, and that only 50% of the funds needed were provided by Procurement to complete the project.

Meanwhile, President of Commission B Jose Manuel Fernandes said that an extra
US$343 000 is needed to hasten the completion of the project. Fernandes said that the request for the extra funds is still being processed by Procurement, but it is hoped that once the funds are provided that the project will be completed within two to three months. (Timor Post, STL)

Horta: "Woodside very arrogant"

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Ramos Horta says that Australian oil company Woodside Petroleum is demonstrating arrogance by forcing their wish to run the pipeline for transportation of Timor Sea oil to Australia rather than Timor-Leste. Speaking from Portugal last Thursday, Horta said that this arrogance may cause a delay in the signing of a resource sharing agreement between the two countries. (STL)

HIV/AIDS rate in TL at 0.3%

According to data from the Ministry of Health, the percentage of HIV/AIDS cases in Timor-Leste is as low as 0.3%. For this reason, the HIV/AIDS campaign must continue in order to keep this number low, in particular for those considered to be high-risk groups. Director of the Timor Harii Foundation (FTH) Agui Belo Ximenes, speaking at the opening of a HIV/AIDS workshop for F-FDTL and PNTL members yesterday, said that Timor-Leste has a small population, so a small percentage of HIV/AIDS sufferers may also be considered large in this context. According to Ximenes the workshop, organized by FTH and supported by the Ministry of Health, USAID and Family Health International, is important in order to teach members of the defense and police forces how to prevent HIV and AIDS. (STL)

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