Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 18 April 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]

Wednesday, 18 April 2007



National Media Reports

President of the republic asks the ISF to halt the operation on Alfredo

Prime Minister Ramos Horta said that the ISF will stop its pursuit of Alfredo Reinado and his men in order to resume dialogue.

He expects that within the month, President Xanana would meet Brigadier Mal Rerden, the commander of ISF to discuss the issue. TP

Horta: ""UN stays 5 more years in TL"

Ramos Horta, at a press conference at the Government Palace yesterday, said that Timor-Leste needs the UN to remain for another 5 years in order to improve the professionalism of the PNTL and F-FDTL. (DN)

Barris: "Security policy in TL is not in a predicament"

The Minister of Interior, Alcino Barris, reportedly said that security management is not a problem as the PNTL's strategies continually progress in relation with the current situation. (DN)

Claudio Ximenes: "the court has not received election results from CNE"

After meeting with the President of the Republic, Kayrala Xanana Gusmão, on Tuesday (17/4) at the Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli Dili, the President of the Court of Appeals, Claudio Ximenes, said that Court of Appeals has not received the preliminary results of the election from CNE.

"I don't know anything about the preliminary results of the presidential election because CNE is still working and the process is going on," said Ximenes. (DN)

Barris: "Paul Martins is a member of the PNTL"

The Minister of Interior, Alcino Barris, told journalists on Tuesday (17/4) at the Ministry of Interior Villa Verde Dili, that Ex-General Commander Paul de Fatima Martins is considered by the Ministry as a member of the PNTL, so he has to be registered, interviewed and evaluated before returning to his previous tasks. (DN)

Xavier: "Vote for Lu-Olo means suicide"

One of the founders of Fretilin, Francisco Xavier do Amaral, who is also a presidential candidate said his coalition will not vote for Lu-Olo since it would be considered a "suicide."

"We tend to vote for a candidate who is capable to lead the country. Voting for Lu-Olo would mean suicide," said Xavier. (TP, STL, DN, TVTL, and RTL)

CNE has no Capacity

The presidential candidate Avelino Coelho said that the CNE is an independent body organizing the presidential election in the country and cannot blame STAE in relation with manipulation matters. He revealed that if the court of appeals legalizes the results of this election, this nation will face manipulation, corruption and injustice for next 5 years.

He said that the CNE has no capacity to resolve problems and if the party's observers present complaints to the CNE, they should be accompanied by evidence. (STL)

Horta accuses Fretilin of spreading Communist Propaganda

The presidential candidate, Ramos Horta, accused Fretilin of spreading propaganda to harm his reputation and Xanana Gusmão, the president of republic.

Horta claims that Fretilin engages in communist propaganda saying that Horta wants to sell Atauro, Oecusse and Jaco Island to the US after winning the presidential election. (STL and TP)

Lu-Olo confident of having capacity to run for presidency

In response to a statement by Jose Ramos Horta about international relations with neighboring countries, presidential candidate Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo said that he has the capacity to run for the republic's presidency.

Lu-Olo pledged that if he becomes president, Timor-Leste's interests would be the priority including maintaining relations with other nations. (TP)

Horta awarded Noble Peace Prize because of Fretilin

The member of national parliament from KOTA, Manuel Tilman, reportedly said that Jose Ramos Horta was awarded the noble peace prize because of Fretilin and he added that Horta would not have received it without Fretilin.

According to Tilman, Fretilin made it possible for Horta to go overseas and was sheltered by the resistance organization (CNRT) to help him to aid in the liberation of his people from Indonesian occupation 24 years ago. (TP)

Need to improve the working system of STAE and CNE

To minimize the errors in the process of the second round of the presidential election, improvements are needed in the technical departments of STAE and CNE.

According to the Dean of Social Politics at the National University of Timor Leste (UNTL), Jose Magno, improvements rather than restructuring would improve the system. (TP)

International Media Reports


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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