Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 09 - 11 December 2006

[Poster's note: International and other articles already sent out to the east-timor list (info@etan.org) have been removed from below.]

UNMIT United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

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Daily Media Review

Saturday 09, Monday 11 December 2006

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National Media Reports

Ceremony To Mark Declaration of Peace

Timor-Leste leaders have pledged to maintain unity in the country, in a ceremony held on Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the present Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta and Bishop Belo in 1996. The event, part of the government's "simu malu" program was also attended by the former Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri. According to STL, the hand shake between Alkatiri and President Gusmao was a gesture to end 7 months of hostility between them and a possibility to end the conflict which has affected the population. Following the ceremony, Alkatiri told the media he believes peace could prevail through the traditional path and that there would be great changes to the current situation as of Sunday. On behalf of the State, President Gusmao asked the population for forgiveness. He said the State has promised to make efforts to work together in the interest of the people. In addition to the Heads of the four sovereign States and former Prime Minister Alkatiri, the first President of RDTL, Francisco Xavier do Amaral, participated in the ceremony, which was witnessed by members of the Diplomatic Corps and other guests. (TP, DN, STL)

Government Plans To Support Assistance To IDPS

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta has said that the government, through the Council of Ministers, would draw up a plan to provide material and financial assistance to IDPs who have lost their homes. The financial assistance will help in buying items required for their homes. Ramos-Horta said IDPs who have lost their homes could temporarily go to the centre identified by the government until their house is rehabilitated. Minister of Labour and Community Reinsertion, Arsenio Bano, said the government has also prepared emergency centres for the evacuation of IDPs, if the camps where they are currently staying is damaged or flooded. Bano said the centres are the former Chinese Consulate, in front of the marina area, GMT, Merkado Lama, Dili textile and Heral Politeknik. The camps identified as prone to flooding and damage during the rainy season include the one opposite Obrigado Barracks, Jardim (in front of seaport), the airport and National Hospital camps. Deputy Public Works Minister, Raul Mosaco, said as of today, 50 Norwegians are working on temporary homes behind F-FDTL Headquarters in Taci Tolu. Other temporary homes would be in former Brimob compound, Unital, Carantina and Tibar. (TP)

UNPOL Were Not Notified About Protection

Speaking during a press conference last Thursday, Interim Police Commissioner Antero Lopez said UNPOL had not been notified to provide protection to Labadai, the eyewitness to the Rogerio Lobato's case. Lopez said they have been providing protection to other eyewitnesses, noting that when Labadai went to Prosecutor's Office he had protection. But what is not clear, the Acting Police Commissioner said is why Labadai did not just walk to the building, since in his point of view the whole place had been secured. On the rumours that Labadai had been shot, Antero Lopez said police were awaiting confirmation. (TP, STL)

International Media Reports

E Timor leaders vow to cooperate Last Update: Sunday, December 10, 2006. 8:10pm (AEDT) East Timor's political leaders have pledged to work together to return peace and order to the fledgling nation. They made the promise in a traditional ceremony in front of the Government palace. President Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta, the House Speaker and members of the Cabinet were joined by tribal leaders from the country's 13 districts. Speaking after taking part in the pledge, President Gusmao said the recent unrest in East Timor had been a "collective mistake" of the Government. (ABC)

Cuban Aid to Timor Leste Highlighted Hanoi, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban doctors and health technicians carry out since April 2004 a heroic deed of solidarity and humanism in Timor Leste, where they work to improve social well-being, highlights Vietnam News Sunday paper. Called "Cuba's gift to Timor Leste: A good Health," the seminar shows an article with pictures that belong to the reporter John Loizou, which was also published in The Southeast Asian Times. The note specifies that they currently work in that rising Southeast Asian nation, whose sovereign government assumed in 2002 a figure of 228 doctors, 23 nurses, and 40 health technicians, including anesthesiologists, biochemist, radiologist and other specializations. They fulfill their commitments in five hospitals and other health assistance places all over the country. They cover a wide range of essential specializations, from gynecology, orthopedic and pathologic anatomy to forensic medicine, dermatology and psychiatry. They assist the main diseases that threaten Timor people health, which are malaria, dengue, breathing infections, tuberculosis and under nutrition. Besides in Ernesto Che Guevara contingent also work 11 Cuban teachers of Spain and Portuguese language. Timor Prime Minister Jose Ramo-Horta recently expressed "cooperation and solidarity that health Cuban workers represent are a goodwill gesture of friendship with Timor people." (Prensa Latina)

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