Subject: UNOTIL's Daily Media Review 3-5 September 2005

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


Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review

Saturday- Monday, 3-5 September 2005

National Media Reports

Indonesia Protests Horta's Visit to Kisar

The  main headlines of Diario Tempo and Timor Post reported on the response of  FM Horta to an alleged protest by Yudhi Krisnandi, member of Indonesian National  Parliament  Commission  I,  about the trip of Minister of Foreign Affairs  to  Kisar  island. Dr. Jos?Ramos Horta clarified that his trip to Kisar  island,  in  Maluku  province,  along  with other diplomats, was not secret  as  Indonesian  Foreign Ministry and Embassy officials had approved the  trip.  A  spokesperson  at  the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Crisogno Araujo,  confirmed  that the trip of Minister Horta and other diplomats was not  illegal  or  secretive as they had visas. He also added that the local authorities  at  the  destination welcomed and treated the delegation well. Araujo  confirmed  that  Minister  Horta  was on an unofficial trip. (Timor Post, Diario Tempo)

Bianco: The Prime Minister Had Raised the Corruption Issue

Spokesman  for Timor-Leste Government, Antonino Bianco, is reported to have said  that  it  was  the  Prime Minister who raised the issue of corruption through  the  Office  of  the  Prosecutor-General.  He added that the whole process   commenced   with   the   presentation   of   a   report   of  the Inspector-General on corruption, which the Prime Minister then forwarded to the  Office  of  the Prosecutor General for criminal investigation. He also stressed that the Government of Timor-Leste does not tolerate corruption as it  has  negative  effects  for  the  national  image  in  the  eyes of the international community.  (Timor Post, Diario Tempo)

Baptista: UNOTIL Is Ready to Assist the Office of the Provedor

Deputy  Provedor  Human  Rights and Justice, Silvero Pinto Batista has told the  media  that the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) is ready to provide assistance to the Office of  the Provedor, particularly in the area of human resources. According to Diario  Tempo,  Provedor  Sebastiao Ximenes has participated in seminars in Mongolia  and  China and taken steps for Timor-Leste to be part of the Asia Pacific  Forum.  Batista  said that his office has also requested UNOTIL to assist  on  the best measures to improve knowledge of human rights and good governance.  (Timor Post, Diario Tempo)

National Election Commissioner, Gomes: Political Parties Violate Electoral Law

In  response to the protests and claims by Democratic Party (PD) and Social Democratic  Party  (PSD)  that the Technical Secretariat and Administration for  Elections  (STAE)  has  manipulated  facts and violated laws, National Election Commissioner (CNE) Faustino Cardoso Gomes is reported to have told the  press  that  political parties have not so far respected the rules and laws  on  the  village  elections.  This, he said, was due to the fact that whenever  there was any problem related to the elections, political parties immediately  announced  the problem without confirming with institutions in charge  of the electoral process. Gomes further said that political parties should  not have either presented their protests and claims to the National Parliament  but to the institutions in charge of the electoral process such as  STAE,  CNE  and  the Court of Appeal. Gomes reminded everyone including political parties involved in the elections to understand the electoral law (No.  2/2004)  on village elections and and appealed to everyone to respect that  law  in  order  to  make  the electoral process run smoothly. (Diario Tempo)

Menezes: Investment Law Has Not Being Applied

Opposition  MP  Rui Menezes said that the investment law which is important to  attract  investors  has  not  yet been enforced. Menezes noted that the steps  taken by the Minister for Development Abel Ximenes to review the law shows  that  the  Government  does  not  have  the  capacity  to  produce a fundamental law to attract investors. He said that the laws were passed and promulgated  by  the  President  only  a  year  ago  and  the  Minister  is considering  changes  as  the  present  laws are not of interest to foreign investors.  (Timor Post)

PNTL Cmdr Paulo Martins on CPD-RDTL

PNTL  Commander-General  Paulo  Martins congratulated the newly established political   party  UNDERTIM  for  holding  a  successful  congress  without disturbances.  Martins  said that PNTL provided security during the party's congress  in  Dili.  Paulo  Martins  also  reportedly  said that members of CPD-RDTL  have  the  right  to take PNTL officers to court for lowering the RDTL  flag  in  Atauro  sub-district provided such accusations are based on facts.  "We  have taken measures against CPD-RDTL activities as they do not comply  with  our  Constitution.  PNTL  is  prepared to go to court if when CPD-RDTL  pursues  the  case" he is reported to have said. On Monday, Timor Post  also reported the PNTL Commander-General as saying that a total of 12 police  have been dismissed from duties this year due to problems including physical   assault,   PNTL   officers  travelling  to  the  border  without authorization  and  involvement  in  smuggling  goods.  (Timor Post, Diario Tempo, Suara Timor Lorosa'e)

Police Training Insufficient: Paulo Martins

Diaro  Tempo  quoted  Paulo  Martins  as  saying that the behaviour of PNTL officers who have physically assaulted people is the result of the training system  established  during  the UNTAET period. "It is because the training had  not  been sufficient as we all know and there is a need to have police and  the body responsible for the training is the United Nations. It is not long  before the United Naitons will leave Timor, therefore they must leave a professional Police service. In this situation we will have to improve so that  in  the  long-term  the  community will trust the police," Martins is reported to have said.

Media Must Be Responsible

Speaking  to  the  media  on Friday, PNTL Superintendent Paulo Martins said that  the  media  must  be  responsible  in reporting the truth as they can otherwise create significant problems. (Diario Tempo, Saturday)

Regional Media Reports

Norwegian aid programmes to promote investment of oil profits

Norway's experience of investing its oil and gas profits into projects that benefit  future  generations  will  be  part  of its future development aid programme, the government said Friday.

During  the  coming five-year period, 50 million kroner (8 million dollars) will  be spend on promoting good governance and combating corruption in oil rich developing countries.

``We  want  to  contribute so that large oil incomes will be used to reduce poverty  in Africa and elsewhere,'' said Norway's Minister of International Development,  Hilde Frafjord Johnson. ``That the oil will be a blessing and not - as has often been the case - a curse.''

Frafjord  Johnson  did  not  specify  which  countries may benefit from the programme,  but  indicated several were in West Africa. To receive support, the country must approach Norway of its own accord, she said.

Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Thorhild Widvey, said the programme could also  benefit  the  Norwegian  oil  industry,  and would be good for global markets  with  ``a more stable and predictable oil production in developing countries''.

The  Norwegian  central  bank manages the Norwegian Petroleum Fund that was approved  in  1990 by parliament. It was created to pay for Norway's future health  and  pension expenditures through investments outside the Norwegian economy.

At  the  end  of the second quarter the fund was worth 1.18 trillion kroner (180  billion  dollars),  having  passed  the 1 trillion mark at the end of 2004.

Earlier  this  year,  leaders  from  East Timor visited Norway to study the Norwegian  experience. Norway also allocated 30 million kroner (4.6 million dollars) to assist East Timor to build up an administration for the oil and gas  sector.  The  project  is  due  to  end  2008 and partners include the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. (DPA)


 National News Sources

Timor Post (TP)
Suara Timor Lorosae (STL)
Diario Tempo (DT)
Diario Nacional
Lia Foun (LF)
Televisaun Timor-Leste [TVTL]
RTL Radio Timor-Leste [RTL]

These items do not reflect the positions or views of the United Nations. UNOTIL Public Information Office


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