Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 24 March 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Thursday, 24 March 2005

Provedor to be like a 'mafia'

The government is creating a Provedor who will be like a 'mafia' according to Member of Parliament Rui Menezes. According to Rui, this person will not take action on corrupt behaviour or abuse of power, and will squash the basic rights of citizens. Menezes said that the fact that Fretilin's candidate Sebastiao Ximenes is the only candidate is not a major problem, but that issue rather is whether this candidate possesses the basic criteria to effectively work in the position, such as credibility, integrity and intellectual capacity. (Timor Post)

Parliamentary Commissions receive own room

The seven commissions of the National Parliament each received their own room yesterday, with the keys being handed over to the president of each commission by the President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres. Guterres said that the individual rooms would now greatly assist the commissions to carry out their work. Previously as there were not enough rooms the commissions were forced to share. He said that the new rooms were still incomplete but that the Parliament would aim to equip the rooms with complete facilities soon. (Timor Post, STL)

PNTL to undertake training in Indonesia

This coming April approximately one hundred Timor-Leste National Police officers will leave for Jakarta, Indonesia, to undertake two months of training in intelligence, traffic policing and investigations. Inspector Lino Saldanha, PNTL Commander for Administration, said that this training is a continuation of the bilateral cooperation agreement between Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Lino said he hoped that the training would increase the professionalism of the national police. (STL)

Resolution of Sinai Rock dispute should be taken slowly

Independent Member of Parliament Antonio da Costa Lelan has requested that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation not rush in resolving the Sinai Rock dispute between Indonesia and Timor-Leste, as this is a sensitive issue. Speaking to journalists at the National Parliament on Wednesday, Lelan expressed his concerns that attempting to resolve the issue may cause conflict for border communities, and if so it is better to leave the issue pending for now. (STL)

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