Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 10 May 2005

[Poster's note: Long repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list have been removed.]

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Government reactions post-demonstration

Members of the National Parliament yesterday congratulated the President, the government and the Church for the peaceful resolution of the demonstrators' demands. While opposition MP's gave their congratulations, President of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres said that he was unwilling to convey his congratulations, as it was the duty of the President, the Church and the Government to seek out a solution to the problem. The resolution simply means that each party has fulfilled its obligations to the country and the people, according to Guterres.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri appealed to parents to consider the importance of moral education for their children when making the decision as to whether their children should attend religious lessons in school. Alkatiri said that naturally students will be provided with religious education according to their individual religious beliefs.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Alkatiri also said that plans are underway to review the government structure. Alkatiri said that these plans are unrelated to the recently concluded demonstration, but that such a re-organization is necessary so that national revenue, which has recently shown an impressive increase, can be better utilized for the development of the country. (Timor Post, STL)

Parliament to hold State Council elections today

The National Parliament will hold elections for candidates to the State Council this afternoon. President of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres said that current candidates originate from the PSD, ASDT and Fretilin factions in Parliament. Guterres said that hopefully this morning's session in the Parliament would be used for the election of candidates to the Superior Council for Defense and Security. (Timor Post, STL)

Warehouses planned for food stocks

The Department of Agriculture plans to build three large warehouses to be used for large-scale food stocks, to be drawn on in the event of natural disaster. According to the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, this program will be implemented together with the World Food Programme and the Food and Agricultural Organization, to assist victims of natural disasters and to ensure food security. (Timor Post)

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