Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 9 August 2006

UNOTIL Daily Media Review Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review

Wednesday, 09 August 2006

National Media Reports

Government presents Formal Budget to NP + If well Implemented National Budget, TL economy will be increased to 15%

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta and his cabinet members presented the formal budget for fiscal year 2006/2007 in total US $315 million to National Parliament yesterday. The budget is expected to be finalized and approved by National Parliament in a few days. Horta in his speech stated that the national budget is quite large and that he hopes it will help to resolve the crisis with the employment of more people through government-sponsored projects. Most of the budget comes from the Petroleum fund and should help to accelerate development in this country especially in the education, health, and agriculture sectors. “The government doesn’t want to depend on the Petroleum fund but to build this country we need it” said Horta.

In a separate article, Director of East Timor Institute Development Study (TIDS) Joao Saldanha told the media that if the Government implements the budget well, then Timor-Leste’s economy will be increased by 15 percent. (TP, STL, DN)

Salsinha: Resolve the problem first before dialogue + Petitioners ready for dialogue with F-FDTL

MP from KOTA party, Manuel Tilman told the media at National Parliament that to resolve the problem of F-FDTL it must create a regional military and implement a restructuring of F-FDTL. According to Tilman, F-FDTL must be divided into two regions East and West so that the army could do their job properly and not function only in Baucau and Metinaro. In response to the dialogue between F-FDTL and petitioners, Tilman said that dialogue is important to resolve the discrimination issue within F-FDTL.

Spokesperson for the petitioners, Gastao Salsinha told the TP via telephone that he and his group are ready for dialogue but the discrimination problem within F-FDTL needs to be solved first so that people can live in peace. (TP, STL)

GNR will stay in TL +Only President Xanana can stop GNR mission in TL

In response to the statement of the National Front for Justice and Peace (NFJP) which had asked GNR to stop their mission in Timor-Leste, Minister of Interior Alcino Barris said that the GNR will stay in Timor-Leste to maintain security and protect Timorese people. “All international troops are here to protect us and paid by their own governments so don’t creates rumours that the GNR and Australian troops are not showing impartiality” said Barris.

MP from PD party, Rui Menezes told the media that only President Xanana can bring an end to the GNR mission in Timor-Leste. Regarding NFJP’s demands, Menezes said that Timor-Leste is a free and democratic country so people have the right to express their feelings but that does not mean they can act on everything they want. (DN, STL)

UN mission in TL, Jose Luis attend Security Council meeting

Foreign Minister Jose Luis Guterres told the media at Nicolau Lobato International Airport that the reason for his visit to New York is to attend the UN Security Council to discuss the issue of the UN police who are expected to arrive in Timor-Leste with the objective of maintaining security and stability in this country now and during the general elections in 2007. “I think this meeting is really important for TL to see the resolution of UN Security Council according to what we have asked for from the UN,” said Guterres. The government and civil society have to work together to find the best solution to help people emerge from the crisis, Guterres added. (STL)

RTTL news headlines (08-08-06)

MPs comment on budget

In response to the new budget that was presented by PM Horta at National Parliament many MPs from opposition party made positive comments on budget but were still pessimistic on execution capacity. .The opposition MPs said, however that the budget did respond to the present crisis.

MP Leandro Isac submits complaint to Provedor

Yesterday MP Leandro Isac went to Provedor office to submit a complaint of abuse power by the authorities. Speaking to press MP Leandro Isac said he has counting with his fingers and the total of amount of tax money that should have gone to the government treasury, but did not, is between $700.000 and $1.000.000. This amount was not submitted to the government bank account. Meanwhile the Provedor for human rights and justice, Sebastião Dias Ximenes has stated that since the Provedor office opened on 20 March 2006 they have received around 75 cases. Amongst these cases are; human right violation, 20 cases of maladministration and 5 cases of corruption.

National Unity Movement (MUN) appeals to organs of sovereignty.

The National Unity Movement (MUN) yesterday at former combatants building held press conference which appealed to the four organs of sovereignty to resolve the crisis. The coordinator of MUN, Bruno Magalhães read out the statements and called for justice for those who committed crime, and demanded the collection of weapons that are in the hands of civilians, and military and police. He also called for rehabilitation and rebuilding of houses and the maintenance of security before the general election 2007.

Interational Media Reports

1,600-strong UN police force expected within weeks - Ramos Horta

Dili, Aug. 8 (Lusa)

A 1,600-strong UN police force will be deployed in East Timor within weeks to help restore security amid continuing communal violence, Prime Minister José Ramos Horta has said. Ramos Horta, in comments to journalists Monday on his return from an official visit to Kuwait, said the UN police force would arrive "at the end of August or the beginning of September". The UN force, which he said would number 1,600, would permit "the implementation of what we think will be the ideal situation to assure tranquility in (Dili's) neighborhoods" with the creation of "neighborhood posts" and the "intensification of patrols". UN officials in New York told Lusa that Secretary-General Kofi Annan was expected to deliver a proposal setting up the police force to the Security Council later this week. The Security Council was expected to take a decision next week, the sources said. The UN police force will replace the current 3,000-strong, mostly military international peacekeeping mission that arrived in late May to quell weeks of bloody clashes between rival security force factions and communal rampages in the Timorese capital. After several weeks of tense but relative calm, gangs of eastern "lorosae" and western "loromuno" youths have engaged in rock-throwing clashes and arson attacks since the weekend in several Dili neighborhoods. Portuguese and Australian police made three detentions Tuesday, bringing the total number of arrests since Friday to about 50, an international police official told Lusa. UN aid officials say the renewed clashes have sparked a new exodus of Dili residents from their homes, raising the total number of people displaced by the violence since late April to 152,000. The crisis led to the resignation of Ramos Horta's predecessor, Mari Alkatiri, on June 26. Alkatiri, who leads the country's dominant FRETILIN party, is under investigation on allegations he fueled the violence, charges he has repeatedly denied. (LUSA)

National News Sources

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

These Items Do Not Reflect the Position or Views of the United Nations. UNOTIL Public Information Office

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