Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 20 October 2006

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UNMIT

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review

Friday, 20 October 2006

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

National Media Reports

COI Report

One of the dailies, STL, published the Secretary General’s message to the people of Timor-Leste following the release of the report. Furthermore, today’s newspapers focus on reactions to the COI report. Aderito de Jesus, human rights advocate, is of the opinion that leaders of the nation should stop the political process and prioritise the judicial process so as not to lose focus and so that the people will regain their trust in the judicial system and the rule of law. De Jesus agrees with the recommendations of the report that a special panel must be established to process the cases, due to the weakness of the country’s court.

Ivo Valente, Deputy Prosecutor General, said the Public Ministry has already established an investigation team composed of two international prosecutors who would carefully read the report, adding that the cases would be recommended to the court following the gathering of sufficient evidence. Coordinator of ‘Fretilin Mudança’, Vitor da Costa said an extraordinary congress is urgently needed to change leadership for 2007, since the names of the current Secretary General and President of Fretilin have been stained due to their involvement in the crisis.

Timor Post today published some of the recommendations and this is the second day that STL published the full summary of the report in Tetum language.

Prime Minister Ramos-Horta reportedly said the government and the United Nations are ready to provide assistance with provision of Prosecutors and judges to the court to process those responsible for the crisis. Ramos-Horta said the decision would be up to the court whether to establish a new court, adding that the government and the UN is willing to assist the court with 2-3 prosecutors and judges in order to help gain the trust of the people. He said that the government and the leaders would not interfere in the course of the process. The Prime Minister also said according to his own evaluation of the recommendations of the COI, the commander of F-FDTL, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak is not criminally accountable for the crisis.

The International Forces have increased checkpoints and the checking of vehicles following the release of the COI report. According to a motorist, the forces are doing a good job and should continue checking vehicles for the people to feel safe.

President Gusmão Presents State Program

President Gusmão has presented the state agenda for 2007 with the Presidential elections scheduled for March and general elections for April 2007. The President asks the media to work together and to contribute to pacify the situation with constructive information and asked them to be cautious with sensitive information in relation to the current environment hence asking the population for peace to implement the program. Another program of the State is the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Nobel Laureates on December 10 with a mass in Taci Tolu with the participants of Nobel Laureates from other nations at the invitation of the State. President Gusmão further said he has launched a commission to gather all the traditional elders (lia nain) of the 13 sacred houses to follow with the tradition, which he said has not been observed following the end of the invasion. He said he has been criticized for this but would like to follow the ancestral traditions. It is believed that the recent crisis is partly the result of not following in the tradition of putting back the swords to rest, which were taken and used as protection during the war. There would be cultural events and another part of the program will start on 12 November and conclude on 10 December with the scheduled mass. (TP)

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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