Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 11 August 2006

Daily Media Review

Friday, 11 August 2006

National Media Reports

Slater: Put peace first + International troops do not take sides

After attending a workshop on the “The Mission of the Multilateral Forces in TL” organized by the NGO Forum in Villa-Verde, Commander of the International Troops Brigadier General Mick Slater told the media that if East Timorese transform their mentality about peace, then police and military will not be needed. “To put police and soldiers on every corner is not the solution because according to Timorese history, the presence of police and military under the Indonesian occupation did not change the spirit of the Timorese; therefore if peace is what is wanted then it must be prioritized above everything else”, said Slater. Slater asked all Timorese people to support the government in the implementation of its programs to rebuild this country and stated that all international troops are here to maintain security and to create an environment of peace and harmony. “We are not here to implement the government program so Timorese have to get involved in the development process for the future of this country”, Slater added. In response to the rumors that international troops are not showing impartiality, Slater said that they are here not to defend any groups from East or West but to “act according to Timorese laws and everyone is under the law so the law should be protected”.

In a separate article, Slater stated that the International Force will remain here for as long as the government wants and that their mission here is to protect Timorese people who want to live in peace. (STL, TP)

Horta: Our priority is to eliminate corruption+ Government gives power to Inspector-General

After the swearing-in of a new Inspector-General Manuel Cuntinho Bucar, Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta in his speech stated that the priority of his government is to try to eliminate all kinds of corruption. “I give all my support and power to the Inspector-General to investigate all kinds of corruption in the public services and bring it to the Prosecutor-General to process them according to the law” said Horta. If any members of the government or public servants abuse their power or are involved in corruption, the Inspector-General must take it seriously, Horta added. (STL, TP)

NFJP insists on processing of Mari Alkatiri’s group

Spokesperson and Coordinator of National Front for Justice and Peace (NFJP) Major Agusto de Jesus Tara insisted in his press release yesterday that all Timorese leaders who have committed crimes must be brought to justice. Tara said that justice has not been applied to those who have committed crimes including Mari Alkatiri’s and Rogerio Lobato’s group. He further added that to have reconciliation in this country people must see justice first because they have suffered from the crimes committed which led to the crisis. (TP)

Bano: Will work hard to bring back the population to their homes

Minister of Labour and Solidarity Arsenio Bano told STL that his Ministry and the Government will work hard to bring home the population in the IDP camps. The Government has begun a dialogue with the community leaders including Chief of sucos, aldeias and District Administrators to create a good environment and provide security when the refugees return to their homes. “The aim is to create a peaceful environment in every suco and aldeia so that when the refugees return to their homes they will be well received by the community”, said Bano. If people live in peace and harmony then we don’t need security anymore,” Bano added.

RTTL news headlines 10-08-06

Increases in state budget for each ministry

It is reported that each ministry's state budget for FY 06-07 has increased. The Ministry of Labour and Community Reinsertion has increased from US $ 2.975.000 to $9.997.000. The Ministry of Labour and Community Reinsertion has increase 237.2%. It is also reported that the state budgets for Ministry of State Administration and Ministry of Health have increased too, with the Ministry of State Administration pegged at US $14.595.000 and the Ministry of Health at around US $25.000.000.

Swearing-in of new Inspector General

PM Horta swore-in Manuel Coutinho Bucar as the new Inspector General to replace the late Mariano Lopes da Cruz. After the ceremony I, the Deputy of PM, Rui Maria Araujo as spokesperson told press that the Government has commitment to combat corruption in Timor Leste. The new Inspector General, Manuel Coutinho Bucar said he is going to serve the country with his all best.

PM Horta visits GNR HQ

On Wednesday PM Horta visited the HQ of GNR in Caicoli. Speaking to press PM Horta said that he thanked them for their work in Timor Leste. The Timor Leste government continues to support the GNR in Timor Leste and also the UN Secretary-General has said that for the new mission the UN are going to keep GNR in Timor Leste, he said..

International Media Reports

UN Security Council discussing crisis, UN police force in view

Washington, Aug. 10 (Lusa) ­

The UN Security Council was scheduled to meet Thursday for "consultations" on the crisis in East Timor and possibly to begin discussion of recommendations made by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a new "robust" peacekeeping force, UN sources said. The diplomats told Lusa that any Security Council decision would likely await two other meetings on East Timor set for next week. Annan delivered his recommendations for the new mission to the council last week, but details have not been made public. However, Timorese Prime Minister José Ramos Horta said Monday that he expected a 1,600-strong UN police force to arrive in Dili late this month or in early September. The current rump UN mission ends its mandate on Aug. 20. A new UN mission, observers said, would likely be composed primarily of police forces in contrast to the predominantly military character of the Australian-led international contingent deployed late May to quell a wave of violence between rival security force factions and communal gangs. In Dili, Ramos Horta and members of his new government visited the headquarters of the Portuguese GNR paramilitary police contingent Wednesday, thanking Lisbon for its "prompt response" in sending peacekeepers. "The Portuguese military, along with the other international forces, are playing a decisive role in re-imposing order and security", the prime minister said. Ramos Horta was received at the GNR headquarters by Capt. Gonçalo Carvalho and 50 guardsmen of the 127-strong Portuguese contingent. (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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