Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 13 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 Monday, 13 June 2005

Fresh hope for East Timor asylum seekers in Australia

Some 50 East Timorese seeking asylum in Australia have received a second chance to be granted a permanent visa. The Immigration Minister, Amanda Vanstone, announced she has reconsidered the cases of 53 people who had originally been denied permanent residency and told to leave the country.

Senator Vanstone said she will now write to 47 people asking them to complete stage two of the character and health checks. A spokesman for the Minister says once the people have responded to the letter, the government will make a final check to see if they qualify for a visa. (ABC)

M.Y. Orion promotes tourism

The Australian steamship M.Y. Orion, which paid a visit to Timor-Leste over the weekend, is an example of a positive outcome of Timor-Leste's tourism promotion campaign launched by all government entities. The steamship, carrying 76 Australian tourists, left Darwin on Thursday and arrived in Dili early Friday morning, where it then left to pay a visit to Baucau before returning to Australia on Saturday. Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said that the steamship visit shows that tourists are interested in coming to Timor-Leste, while the Director of Timor-Leste Tourism Miguel Lobato said that the visit is very significant for the country's tourism industry.

From Sydney, the founder and Managing Director of the Orion Expedition Cruise, Sarina Bratton, said she hopes the ship's visits to Dili and Baucau will assist in the development of quality tourism products in Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste became a member of the World Tourism Organization in November 2004. (Timor Post)

Xanana: Reconciliation has reached its target

President Xanana Gusmao says that he believes that reconciliation for Timor-Leste has reached its target. Speaking at a press conference at the airport In Dili on Saturday before leaving on a visit to South Korea and Thailand, the President said that although there are still many problems to resolve such as that of victims of war and the veterans, the general situation is now much improved.

Before leaving on his trip, President Xanana met with the members of the Indonesian rock band Boomerang and said that their visit was also one of the realizations of reconciliation. (Timor Post)

30 August Bridge inaugurated

President Xanana Gusmao and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri inaugurated the 30th of August/Cassa River Bridge in Ainaro last Friday. Speaking at the inauguration, Alkatiri said that the repairing of infrastructure is a major priority for this year's budget. He said that the government would be working with bilateral partners such as the European Community, Japan and the World Bank to establish infrastructure so that the people can carry out their economic activities. Alkatiri added that the government is also focusing on the repair of major roads and that this will further assist in the development process.

Also speaking at the ceremony, President Xanana pleaded with the local population not to burn grass and cut down trees in order to anticipate landslides and road closures. The President said that the people own the development process and thus they also have an obligation to contribute to this process by caring for the land, particularly as the government is spending a lot of money on repairing roads. (Timor Post)

40 000 fans rock to Boomerang

Approximately 40,000 fans of the Indonesian rock group Boomerang filled the Municipal Stadium to capacity last night to watch the group's performance. The majority of the fans were young people, but government officials were also in attendance. This is the third such appearance of an Indonesian music band in Dili. Dili District Administrator Ruben Braz de Carvalho on behalf of the people of Timor-Leste thanked the band for taking time to hold a concert in Timor-Leste. Last night's concert was Boomerang's last appearance together as a complete band, as one of the band members will be leaving the group upon their return home to Indonesia. (Timor Post, STL)

President Xanana visits South Korea

President Xanana Gusmao left for a visit to South Korea on Saturday to discuss the peace and reconciliation process between North and South Korea. Speaking at a press conference at the airport in Dili before departing, the President said that he would present some experiences of the peace and reconciliation process in Timor-Leste as part of the international conference to reinvigorate the peace process between North and South Korea. This conference will represent the fifth anniversary of the June 15 Joint Declaration between the two Koreas. (STL)

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