Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 16 June 2005


Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Thursday, 16 June 2005

Ramos-Horta: TL does not accept International Tribunal

The government of Timor-Leste will not accept a recommendation from the UN Commission of Experts (CoE) for an international tribunal to be established to try those accused of crimes against humanity in Timor-Leste. Speaking to Timor Post on Wednesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Ramos-Horta said that while the government is still studying the recommendations made in the report of the CoE, the government will not accept an international tribunal, claiming it could lead to a breakdown in relations with Indonesia.

Ramos-Horta also reported that he will travel to Bali next week to meet with his Indonesian counterpart, to discuss the Truth and Friendship Commission which will begin its work in August. He said that he will take the opportunity to present the CoE report to the Indonesian Foreign Minister so that they may work together in presenting a proper response to the United Nations Secretary-General. (Timor Post)

Ramos-Horta rejects Secretary-General candidature

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Ramos Horta said that although some friends and Timor-Leste's government would like him to nominate himself as one of the candidates for the upcoming post of UN Secretary-General, he does not want to. Speaking to the Timor Post on Wednesday, Ramos-Horta said that he prefers to continue his work in Timor-Leste as Foreign Affairs Minister. He said that Timor-Leste would continue to support the candidature of the Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs for the post of Secretary-General, as a representative of the ASEAN region. (Timor Post)

Hasegawa: Police must protect human rights

The Special Representative of the Secretary General in Timor-Leste, Sukehiro Hasegawa, said that it is important that Timor-Leste's national police give protection to human rights in Timor-Leste. Speaking at the launch of the Police Training Manual on Human Rights at the UNOTIL Headquarters in Obrigado Barracks on Wednesday, Hasegawa said that UNOTIL, the government and the development partners are still committed to strengthening PNTL's capacity.

The book represents a work of collaboration between UNOTIL and the government of Timor-Leste. Hasegawa yesterday officially handed over the book to the Assistant Administration Commander General of PNTL, Inspector Lino da Silva Saldanha. (Timor Post, STL)

PM attends TL conference in Australia

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri will today take part in an international conference at the University of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, about cooperation with Timor-Leste. According to a press release from the Prime Minister's Office, the Mr Alkatiri will present a paper at the conference about Timor-Leste's economy, as well as meet with some Australian government officials and parliamentarians while in Melbourne. (Timor Post)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs reclaims land

Timor-Leste's Department of Land and Property will move some residents of Marconi from their current residences in order to build the office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. According to the Director of Land and Property, Pedro de Sousa, the Marconi residents have so far failed to register their land with the Department, as is a requirement for those people occupying government land. De Sousa said that the community must leave the land and find somewhere else to live. The state will not provide compensation. (Timor Post)

Commission C approves Petroleum Law

Commission C for the Economy and Finance in the National Parliament yesterday approved the final version of the Petroleum Law. Head of Commission C, Manuel Tilman, said that the Commission added an extra article regarding the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice, assigning power to the Provedor to receive reports and complaints regarding the management and application of the Petroleum Law. The law must now be taken to the Monday's Plenary Session for final approval. (Timor Post, STL)

Oscar Lima criticizes foreign small business

Timor-Leste businessman Oscar Lima regrets the influx of foreigners setting up small businesses in Timor-Leste. Speaking to STL on Wednesday, Lima said that the Immigration Department must take measures to more strictly regulate these small businesses, so as not to limit business opportunities for locals. According to Lima, these foreigners are coming from the Philippines, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia, and they are freely opening up small businesses. He said that they are taking away the right of Timorese to take advantage of their own economy, and that the government must take steps like other countries have to control the right of foreigners to open up businesses in another country. (STL)

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