Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 18 October 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

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review

Wednesday, 18 October 2006

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

National Media Reports

Court Must Continue To Investigate Report: Gusmão

All the daily newspapers today reported on the release of the report of the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry. The official hand over to the National Parliament was broadcast live on national television and radio followed by a live broadcast of the appeal by the President of the Republic, the President of the Parliament and the Prime Minister to the population to accept and receive the report calmly. Timor Post published the names of those claimed to have some responsibility for the crisis as per the report.

In his appeal, President Gusmão said to those responsible for crimes that the time has come to stop violence and reflect on what has been good and bad for the Timorese people. He also appealed to the political parties not to use the substance of the report for political interests. The President praised the work of the Commission and the criteria opted for the careful use of phrases such as ‘reasonable suspect’. He said it is the task of the court to conduct further investigations as per the Commission’s recommendations.

Political and military observer Julio Tomas Pinto said the court would decide if those people whose names have been published in the COI report are guilty.

MP Manuel Amaral (KOTA) said the national sovereign state including the UN must assume responsibility, if the report does not have an impact on the stability of the country, noting that they have stated at the conclusion of the commission that the UN would help resolve the crisis.

Tight security was noticeable around the government building when the report was handed in to the National Parliament reported TP. (TP, STL)

Ramos-Horta Congratulates Former PM

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta has praised the work of the first Constitutional Government such as Mari Alkatiri and Armindo Maia for working hard in establishing a curriculum for primary and pre-primary schools. Ramos-Horta said this curriculum is the first established by the Timorese. The book has been successfully developed with the assistance of UNICEF, Portugal and Brazil and was launched on Tuesday by the Prime Minister at the former Chinese school. (STL, TP)

Establishment Of Security Posts

Minister of Education, Rosalia Corte-Real said the police has informed her that permanent police posts are being established in troubled areas. Corte-Real hopes that schools can resume their activities next week, noting that schools have been affected by constant problems in the areas of Comoro, Becora and Bidau Masau. (STL)

International Media Reports

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. UNMIT Public Information Office


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