Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 27 June 2005


Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Monday, 27 June 2005

Aderito: Dialogue Required for International Tribunal

Aderito de Jesus Soares said a dialogue is required in order to discuss dept if the victims of 1999 violence want to proceed with an international tribunal. De Jesus said it is no longer a national political issue but an individual one. The Advocate and Human Rights Lawyer said it is important for the leaders and other experts to take part in the dialogue with the main focus on the victims, as the Timorese leadership are trying to manipulate the rights of those affected by the violence. He added that the establishment of an international tribunal is not only national issue but an international one as well. “International politics is far greater than the national politics. This is something I would like to clarify to the public that there must be a dialogue on the establishment of an international tribunal with the victims,” said Aderito de Jesus Soares. In a separate article in Timor Post, the human rights lawyer said President Gusmão invited him to be part of the Truth and Friendship Commission (TFC) but he rejected it based on the strategy of the commission. “I personally received an invitation from the leadership to become a member of TFC but I rejected it because I am conscious not only as a lawyer but as a moral duty and responsibility to the victims,’ De Jesus added. (TP)

PNTL Should Not Use Force to Attend to Problems

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for Ermera District police commander Arnaldo de Jesus Almeida do Castro, Minister of Interior, Rogério Lobato said police should not use force to attend to problems. “The community has put their trust on me, PNTL must show respect in order for the community to respect you also. Just because you carry a pistol around your waist you cannot go around beating up people,” Lobato told those present at the ceremony on Saturday. The Minister added that professionalism is still something that has not met the required criteria and therefore police must differentiate between violence, aggression and use of force. He stressed that police has the right to use force cautiously when they are in danger of being attacked with a weapon or sharp objects. He also pointed out that sometimes police kick and beat up people and call in too many police just to apprehend one person. (STL)

Indonesia Wants to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

A forum has been held in Dili between Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Australia with the aim to strengthen bilateral cooperation. The forum, which began on Saturday with the theme Forum Arafura and Tasi Timor (Timor Sea) concludes today with participants from Indonesia. The head of Indonesian delegation and Indonesia Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Maritime Issues, Indiono Susilo, told the media on Saturday that the cooperation program should have commenced in 2002 and further programs are still required in the future such as on oceanography and global climate change. But the short-term focus would be on the people living in the lowland areas, close to the sea, Susilo said. He said Indonesia wants to work with Timor-Leste and Australia in accordance with the mandate of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. (TP)

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