Subject: UNOTIL's Daily Media Review 14 September 2005

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


Daily Media Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Wednesday, 14 September 2005

National Media Reports

Lu Olo: TL will calm down, UN Accepts The Views of Timor-Leste National Parliament

The President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres, reportedly stated to the media on his return from an overseas trip that there are possibilities that Timor-Leste's tense internal situation full of threats, criticism, insults and defamation will calm down. Mr. Guterres was reportedly quoted as responding to the statement of PM Alkatiri, that "Fretilin does not consist of people with unwashed long hair". He further commented that the tense situation could be calmed as long as people focus on specific political issues in order to avoid people fighting. He also reportedly said that at the meeting of Parliamentary representatives from across the world, which he attended in New York, there was agreement that National Parliaments would work together to face challenges. He added that after the meeting there will be implementation of the outcomes from the meeting by all those countries. (TP, STL, Diario)

State Houses in Aitarak Laran Will Be Dismantled

The National Director of Land and Property Pedro de Sousa Xavier reportedly told the media on Tuesday that state houses occupied by residents in Aitarak Laran of Dili District will be dismantled in October of this year. Sousa Xavier further explained that the residents are aware of the situation, adding that some of them have started to look for other houses to live in. The Land of Property Unit, he said, has been trying to find possibilities in providing humanitarian assistance for the residents so that they will be able to leave the location, and find ways to rebuild their own houses in other locations. Sousa Xavier also said that those who find empty houses belonging to the State would be eligible to rent such properties through the Land and Property Unit. (Timor Post )

Branco: Recruitment of Regional Secretaries of State Were Politically Nominated

Government Spokesperson, Olimpio Branco told media that the recruitment process of candidates to be Regional Secretaries of State was not public as they were political nominations who will become employees of the Timor-Leste Government, Timor Post reported. He added that apart from the political nomination, the capabilities of the four  selected Regional Secretaries of State were also aspects that were considered in appointments. (TP)

MP Pereira: Parties' Leadership Fight Over Prime Minister's Seat

Speaking to Diario Tempo on Tuesday in response to the statements by some political parties that Fretilin party would lose in the 2007 general elections, MP Cipriana Pereira (Fretilin) was quoted as saying that those parties, even though they are united in coalition, would not last long. This, she said, was due to the fact that they all would fight over the position of Prime Minister seat which is now under the leadership of Fretilin. Moreover, she said, "I do not think any of these parties will be ready at the current stage to lead the nation. Perhaps in ten years time, when they are well prepared, and prove that they can." (Diario Tempo)

Guterres of PDC: Court of Appeal Plays Manipulation

The Christian Democratic Party (PDC) under the leadership of Orlinda Guterres was reported to have rejected the decision by the Court of Appeal which only acknowledges the validity of the Christian  Democratic Party under the leadership of Antonio Ximenes. Therefore, Guterres said, the Court of Appeal has played a huge manipulation, adding that the old party's logo had been changed, and it has been submitted to the Court since February. In addition, Guterres said that she totally rejected the decision of the Court of Appeal's decision. According to Guterres, the Court has violated the law and the result of the national congress held in July 2003 which had elected her [as the new president of PDC].  (Diario Tempo)

Longuinhos Takes Akui Leong to Court

Prosecutor General Longuinhos Monteiro has brought accused Francisco Luy alias Akui Leong to Court, due to of defamation, related to allegations of corruption, via a summons to appear in court issued to the defendant. One of Leong's three lawyers told reporters that they are ready to appear in court on the matter, as they have been preparing for this case for one year now, and have substantial documents to support their case. (Diario Tempo)

International Staff Suspected of Stealing Electricity

Dili District Court on Tuesday heard the case of two Burmese citizens working as information technology/internet specialists for the Timor-Leste Defense Force, accused of stealing electricity.  Presided over by international Judge Emiliano Nossolini dos Reis, Tthe court heard that the two foreigners, known as Pio and Koko, deny that they have been stealing electricity. Based on their declarations, the judge Judge Nossolini granted conditional release to the two suspects, with the condition that they continue to report to the Prosecution Office. The judge also gave authorization to the Prosecution to continue to investigate the case. During the hearing the Prosecution brought the maximum charge of five years prison for stealing electricity. (Diario Tempo)


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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