Subject: Timor-Leste Recent News - Aug 14, 2007

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45 UN vehicles destroyed

At a press conference held on Thursday (8/8) at the UNMIT HQ in Dili, SRSG Atul Khare informed that the violence in Dili, Baucau and Viqueque has resulted in 45 UN vehicles being destroyed and the injuries of some UNPol and PNTL officers. According to Mr. Khare, the police have captured 50 people in Baucau, 20 in Dili and efforts are underway to capture suspects in Viqueque District. (DN)

Eduardo Barreto: "ISF, F-FDTL, UNPol and PNTL should perform a joint operation"

The chief member of the national parliament from CNRT, Eduardo Barreto said that President José Ramos-Horta should ask UNMIT to perform a joint operation involving the ISF, UNPol, PNTL and GNR. He added that the joint operation should also involve F-FDTL as it knows the terrain across the country.

"We are worried about the violence in Baucau, Viqueque, Lospalos, Manufahi and Oecusse," said Mr. Barreto. (DN)

Xavier Amaral: "Arrest Alkatiri"

The Alliance-led government and UNPol have received pressure to arrest Fretilin’s Secretary-General, Mari Alkatiri.

The President of ASDT, Francisco Xavier do Amaral called on the Alliance and UNPol to immediately arrest Mr. Alkatiri for leading the violence across the country.

"The security situation is tense; the youth is encouraged to act violently and the only solution is to arrest Mari Alkatiri and the other Fretilin leaders," said Mr. Xavier on Saturday (11/8) in Dili. (STL)

Bishop Basilio condemns attack on orphanage, girl raped

A group of robbers attacked the São José orphanage in sub-district Baguia, Baucau District on Friday (10/7) evening. The assault resulted in damages to the orphanage and a primary school (SDK São José) building and the rape of a 16 year old girl.

The Bishop of the Baucau Diocese, Fr. Basilio do Nascimento said that the victim is now under intensive treatment for trauma. "The rape of the young girl is a criminal action that must be dealt with," said Fr. Basilio do Nascimento on Sunday. He condemned the immoral acts. (STL)

Judiciary should follow up ICI recommendations

In a press statement on Saturday (11/8), the Coordinator of the Judiciary System and Monitoring Programme (JSMP), Roberto da Costa Pacheco called on the judiciary and other relevant actors to proceed with the recommendations made by the International Commission of Inquiry (ICI) regarding those involved in last year’s crisis. (TP)

PM Xanana is asked to regain country’s stability

The President of Republican Party (PR), João Mariano Saldanha reportedly called on the new Timorese Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmão and the members of his government to promptly regain the stability in this new country.

"We all, the militants of PR, congratulate the Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmão and all the members of the new government. We ask the new government to implement their programmes of ensuring stability, national unity and peace as the base for development of the country," said Mr. Saldanha on Thursday (09/8) through a press statement. (TP)

Political leaders condemn violence in Timor-Leste

During a meeting held on Friday (10/8) at the UNMIT HQ in Dili, the leaders of the political parties in Timor-Leste condemned the violence of the last few days following the President’s announcement to appoint the Alliance to form the new government.

This was the seventh meeting held by UNMIT with all the political parties.

SRSG Atul Khare led the meeting and said that the leaders of the 16 parties declared that violence should not be used as a mechanism to express discontentment towards the new government. (TP)

LDP views the Alliance government as constitutional

The Democratic Progressive League (LDP) that was formed by the political parties that not win seats in the national parliament views the new government formed by the Alliance as legal and constitutional.

"Members of the LDP see the President’s decision to appoint the Alliance to form the new government as legal and based on the Timorese constitution," said Hermenegildo Kupa Lopes, LDP’s spokesperson on Friday (10/8) in Dili. (STL)

Victims press the government to arrest actors involved in recent violence

The victims of the violence in Uatolari, Viqueque District have met with the Deputy Prime Minister, José Luis Guterres on Sunday (12/8) in Dili.

During the meeting, the victims called on the Alliance headed by Kayrala Xanana Gusmão to arrest the actors involved in the incidents in Uatolari, Viqueque District.

Speaking to journalists, Mr. Afonso explained that the victims pressed the government to quickly distribute humanitarian aid such as rice, oil, water, clothes, shelter and cooking items. (STL)

Taur Matan Ruak concerned over violence in Baucau and Viqueque

The Commander of F-FDTL, Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak said that he is saddened about the violence in Baucau and Viqueque.

"As I am from Baucau, I feel sad but that is not enough. It is essential to have cooperation to resolve it," said Mr. Taur on Thursday (9/8) in F-FDTL HQ Baucau.

He said that people do not have the right to engage in violence. (TP)

Fretilin demands UNMIT to discharge police officer

The Fretilin party has demanded an UNPol officer to return back to his country because of his bias against Fretilin.

Fretilin has also called upon UNMIT to apologise.

The Vice president of Fretilin Arsenio Paixão Bano said that Joel Doria made baseless allegations against Fretilin regarding their role in the violence surrounding the presidential election.

"The accusation was published in the "Times Review" entitled "East Timor: Dark Days in Dili," written by Rory Callinan on 06 August 2007," said Fretilin press releases.

Mr. Bano revealed that Mr. Doria’s comment is irresponsible and that UNPol members should be setting a good example for the Timorese people. (PNTL) (TP)


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