Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 22 June 2005


Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Government not against International Tribunal

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said the government of Timor-Leste is not against the establishment of an international tribunal, but the recommendations of the UN Commission of Experts (CoE) to establish a tribunal. The Prime Minister believes the recommendations by the CoE, are too technical and do not take into account official and political questions. Mr Alkatiri added that before establishing an international tribunal one must look into the dynamics inside and outside the country, noting that it wouldn't be correct to establish a tribunal and then leave the Timorese to face the consequences. He also stressed that the establishment of an international tribunal is the responsibility of the UN and it wouldn't be correct to establish a tribunal to judge only Timorese people. (Timor Post)

PD and KOTA supports CoE report

President of Klibur Oan Timor Aswain (KOTA) party and the spokesperson for the Democrat Party, Rui Menezes, said they support the CoE report and recommendations made, namely that the Jakarta Ad-Hoc tribunal was not credible. Rui Menezes of the Democrat Party said, if the ad-hoc tribunal was not credible, that means the UN must find an alternative so that on the Timorese can continue to trust the UN to find a justice and an alternative to satisfy Timor-Leste. (Timor Post)

Police Reserve Unit deployed to Hatolia

The PNTL Reserve Unit has been deployed to Hatolia upon receiving information from the population about threats, reported Timor Post on Wednesday. According to the news, members of the community spotted five people armed with guns, threatening some people. The Minister of Interior Rogerio Lobato has confirmed the deployment of PRU in Hatolia to assess the situation and charge those responsible for the intimidation. (Timor Post)

Prime Minister prepared to respond to budget

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said he is ready to respond to questions in the National Parliament regarding the budget for the fiscal year 2005/6. According to Timor Post, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste, Sukehiro Hasegawa, told the media after his meeting with the Prime Minister, that Mr Alkatiri wants to meet with Members of the Parliament on this matter soon. (Timor Post)

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