Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 12 - 14 Aug 2006

UNOTIL Daily Media Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Saturday 12 Aug, Monday 14 Aug 2006

National Media Reports

Commission of Inquiry Will Publish Results of Investigation

Paulo Pinheiro, the head of the United Nations Special Independent Commission of Investigation for Timor-Leste said the results of the investigation for 28 April, 23, 24 and 25 May will be made public in October. Speaking during a media conference held in Dili on Friday, Pinheiro added that the Commission will appeal to Timor-Leste judiciary to follow up on the facts gathered as the Commission does not have the authority to detain anyone. The first phase of the investigation concluded Saturday and the team will return to Timor-Leste in September to continue the investigation, said Pinheiro. He said they have spoken to the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the former Prime Minister, leaders of the political parties, members of the Timorese police, community residents, UN Representatives, the Diplomatic Corps, the Provedor for Human Rights and the Prosecutor-General. According to Saturday’s media report, Pinheiro stressed that the Commission’s work will result in a complete, accountable and impartial report. The completed report will be submitted to the National Parliament, UNHCHR and the UN Secretary General. (DN, TP)

Fretilin Will Not Hold Extraordinary Congress

The Court of Appeal ruled out on Friday that the recent Fretilin congress vote by show of hands is legitimate, therefore Francisco ‘Lu’Olo’ Guterres and Mari Alkatiri would retain their position as President and Secretary-General of the party until 2011. According to Claudio Ximenes, President of the Court of Appeal, the vote by show of hands did not violate Fretilin’s regulations of 2004. He said that the Court has no fundamental base to ask Fretilin to hold an extraordinary congress to vote for new leadership. Fretilin’s II congress was held between 17-19 May 2006. (TP, DN)

Dialogue Between F-FDTL And PNTL

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta said, according to information he received, the willingness of F-FDTL and PNTL to reconcile is important for the nation and for the people to again trust the two institutions so they feel safe to return to their homes. Ramos-Horta also said the dialogue between the two institutions is the best solution to resolve the crisis that led to the explosion between them resulting in the loss of life and property. He also said the dialogue must take place urgently. Speaking to participants in a dialogue process program in Bebonuk, organized by youths of that area, Ramos-Horta said the majority of the leaders are to blame for leading the population down the wrong path but he added that part of the problem has also come from the communities as well.

He told the youth that the UN Security Council will make a decision this week on whether to send 1600 police to join those police already on the ground to strengthen security. The Minister appealed to the youth not to accuse the international forces of taking sides, as they do not know who is Lorosae or Loromonu but are in the country to provide security to everybody. He also asked the youth to work together and resolve the problems and to see him if they cannot work out the problems.

On the same occasion, Ramos-Horta also told the participants from three sucos that Timor-Leste has negotiated with Kuwait to open a highway between Lospalos-Dili-Maliana that will create job opportunities to thousands of Timorese but the main concern is to maintain the tranquillity within the country.

The Prime Minister added that the State budget, for the fiscal year 2006/2007 expected to be approved by the National Parliament today (14/8) will boost the economy of the country by six to seven percent and there will be new jobs as per studies carried out in 2000. He has asked all the ministers to open their doors to the public once a week to listen to problems that exist within the communities and for members of the government to report within the Parliament once a month the work that has been undertaken as a measure to make the government carry their duties and expend their budget more effectively and efficiently.

In a separate article in Timor Post Saturday, the youths of Kolmera and the IDPs in the same area have taken the initiative to hold a dialogue to stop the constant conflict between them. (TP)

Confrontation Between Groups Leaves One Dead

According to Timor Post Saturday, the confrontation between two groups in Zumalai, Covalima sub-district has left one-person dead. Minister of Interior, Alcino Barris said police have identified one person dead following a confrontation between “Saka Izoladu” and “Kolimau” a week ago. Barris said members of the group “Saka” have fled to the jungle but that he believes that it won’t be long before they emerge as it is a dense jungle area and the group would not be able to cope too long under those conditions. He said the police are aware of who belongs to the group. He added that, following the incident, the population has become alarmed and fled the area. (TP)

TV Monitoring News, 14 August 2006

1. The UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for East Timor reportedly will submit the report to the UN Secretary General and the National Parliament of RDTL.

It was reported that the special envoy of the UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for East Timor told journalists that after one month’s work in Timor-Leste, the commission will submit a report to the UN Secretary General and the National Parliament of RDTL. This report was reportedly considered by the chief of the commission as a recommendation only. It was reported that the commission had no authority to arrest those who committed crimes. He said the report was merely a recommendation after the investigation of various violence and serious crimes committed during the crisis in East Timor. It will be forwarded to the competent authority to be followed up according to the Timor-Leste’s judiciary system.

2. It was reported that the Association of East-Timorese Youths for Justice and Transparency call for a determination of the violence and Crime thorough their demands that read by the group’s coordinator, Joao da Silva (Choque).

The Group of this Youth reportedly called for every East-Timorese youth to not fall into any of the Political party’s game or plan by committing any violence or crime. Instead, they encouraged youth to stay calm and wait for the leaders to resolve the ongoing crisis.

In addition, a group of university students that was based at the National University of East-Timor reportedly expressed their demands to the 2nd Constitutional Government. They called for all leaders to:

1. have political maturity in order to prioritize the security and the unity of the nation.

2. use the constitutional power to stop the violence. They asked for the state leadership to reduce the bilateral forces who were considered incompetent.

At a different event, as a symbol of peace, no Lorosa’e-Loromonu, the population of Matadoru reportedly had voluntarily constructed a volleyball court, which will be used by every youth in that village. They have committed themselves to provide peace and stability in that village through the sport activities.

3. The Ministry of Justice reportedly will get US$ 4.6 Million in the General Budget of 2006/07.

The Minister of Justice, Mr. Domingos Sarmento reportedly told journalists that there would be US$ 4.6 millions allocated to the ministry of justice according to the General Budget that is currently being discussed in the National Parliament. It was reported that US$ 329.000 will be allocated for the Prosecutor General and US$ 404.000 will be for salaries & wages and equipment in this ministry. It was also reported that with this amount of money, the ministry would purchase three special cars for the three prisons, Gleno, Baucau and Dili.

In addition, at the same occasion, the council minister, Antoninho Bianco, reportedly stated in the National Parliament that there would be some changes of salaries at every level of state employees in this country post the approval of the General Budget.

Lastly, the minister of Natural Resources, Jose Texeira, reportedly stated that there will be 24 hours electricity supply in Baucau from today, Monday, 14/08/06.

4. IDPs in Don Bosco-Comoro reportedly were very happy with the plan of the RDTL leaders to initiate the reconsolidations and dialogues to find the solution for the ongoing crisis in Timor-Leste.

It was reported that some of the IDPs in Don Bosco-Comoro had expressed their happiness in regards with the statement of some leaders who wanted to start the reconsolidations and dialogues in regards to the current crisis and how to find the solution. However, both two interviewees and the IDPs camp coordinator, Adriano de Jesus, reportedly told journalists that in order to find the best solution to the crisis, the dialogue and reconciliation should be begun with the leaders as the root of the problem was initially started from them, said Mr. De Jesus.

International Media Reports

Annan seeks 2,000 peacekeepers for Timor

Reuters, August 12, 2006 - 6:34AM

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended nearly 2,000 UN troops and police be sent to East Timor as part of a new peacekeeping mission, after violence in May that killed at least 20 people. The mission would take over peacekeeping duties from an Australian-led international force sent in to restore peace in Asia's newest state after a wave of clashes and arson attacks. Malaysia, New Zealand and Portugal as well as Australia contributed troops and police to that force, which has now begun a gradual withdrawal as the tiny nation stabilises. Annan, in a report to the 15-nation UN security council, recommended up to 1,608 police officers and 350 soldiers for the new mission, which he said should be given an initial one-year mandate. Its role would be to help the government ensure political stability, support 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections and maintain public security. It would also help East Timor rebuild its defence forces and its economy, fight poverty and promote and protect human rights, Annan said. East Timor was plunged into violence after then-prime minister Mari Alkatiri dismissed 600 soldiers from its 1,400-strong army for mutiny when they protested over alleged discrimination against soldiers from the west of the country. A new government was sworn in a month ago. A former Portuguese colony about 2,100km east of Jakarta, East Timor was occupied by Indonesia at the end of 1975. It became independent in 2002 after being run by the UN for two-and-half years following an independence referendum in August 1999. UN peacekeepers were active in the country during the years of UN administration, but the security council ordered the mission to be gradually phased out after independence. The May violence prompted UN officials to warn of the potential risks of ending peacekeeping operations elsewhere too soon. "We now have a responsibility not only to remain committed to assist (East Timor) but to show that we commit ourselves to do so on a long-term basis," Annan said. (The Age)

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]

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