Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 10 June 2005


Daily Press Review

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Daily Media Review
Friday, 10 June 2005

RPU receives weapons and uniforms

The Timor-Leste government has given 200 guns and uniforms to the Rapid Patrol Unit of the country's national police force. Speaking at the presentation ceremony yesterday, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that this latest equipment will assist in the strengthening of democracy and stability in Timor-Leste. The Stayer rifles and uniforms were purchased by the government from Austria for US$200 000. Assisting at the ceremony was the Minister of Interior Rogerio Lobato, Secretary of State for Defense and Security Roque Rodrigues, F-FDTL Commander Taur Matan Ruak and PNTL Commander Paulo Martins. (Timor Post, STL)

Xanana-Mari discuss UN reforms

During their weekly meeting yesterday, President Xanana Gusmao and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri discussed the issue of reforming the United Nations. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, PM Alkatiri explained that the current UN structure has been in place since the end of the Second World War when there were only 50 or 60 UN member nations.  Alkatiri said that Timor-Leste has not yet decided on a position regarding the UN reforms, but is still studying all the options. (Timor Post)

Alkatiri shrugs off Woodside concerns

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri has shrugged off concerns that petroleum company Woodside may cancel its Timor Sea project because the governments of Timor-Leste and Australia have not yet reached a maritime boundary agreement. Responding to journalist's questions regarding information that Woodside Petroleum will move its exploration plans from Greater Sunrise to the Broome oil field in Western Australia, Alkatiri said that there are many other companies that would be interested in investing in Greater Sunrise. He added that in any case, Timor-Leste does not yet need revenue from Greater Sunrise as the revenue from the Bayu-Undan field is enough for the time being. (Timor Post)

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