Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 4 December 2007

Tuesday, 4 December 2007


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National Media Reports

Xanana: Many of the Combatants were not living abroad

Timorese Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao said that country and the Timorese people are still indebted to the former combatants who fought for the country's liberation. He said that without the combatants, many people would still be in Cipinang Jail (Indonesian prison) and others would be walking around Mozambique and New York.

"The war has ended now. It has been eight years since it ended, but most of the combatants are still living under poor conditions."(STL)

"We as a Government have a responsibility to care for our veterans," he added. "It is a proud moment in our history as we honour these men and women and begin the arduous task of ensuring that they rebuild their lives in our new-found freedom," said Mr. Gusmao. (TP)

Alfredo asks to host a meeting for Xanana

Former Military Police Commander, Major Alfredo Reinaldo Alves, has asked to have meeting with the Prime Minister.

"I believe that this week or next week, Major Alfredo and the Prime Minister will meet," said the Vice-Prime Minister, Jose Luis Guterres.

He added, "This government, lead by Prime Minister Xanana, is determined to find a way to solve the Petitioners' and Major Alfredo's problems."

As Timorese people, the Petitioners and Major Alfredo should be willing to solve their problems through dialogue since is the best approach. (STL)

Regarding the Court Hearing for Major Alfredo: Judge gives ISF-UNPOL five days to respond to the court

Judge Ivo Nelson Batista Rosa, who is trying the case of Former Military Police Commander, Major Alfredo Reinado Alves, said:

"The Court has a right to process any case. Therefore the Court has decided to give the ISF and UNPol five days to respond to the Court in relation to the arrest warrant issued for Alfredo. So far, they haven't captured him," said Judge Ivo Rosa. (STL)

The Court asked ISF and UNPOL to explain the reason why they have not captured Alfredo based on the warrant issued by the Court. (DN)

Afonso de Jesus: No Political Influence on the Police

The General Commander of the PNTL, Alfonso de Jesus, affirmed that the police force is a security institution for the nation and carries out its work based on law and order, with no influence from political parties.

New recruitment will begin in 2009 after the completion of the screening and training processes for all police officers within the districts in 2008. (STL)

Vice-Prime Minister, Luis Guterres: the Government is allocating $20 million to solving the problems of the IDPs and Petitioners

The Vice-Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Luis Guterres, said the Government budget for 2008 will include $20 million for solving the problem of the IDPs, and the Petitioners. (DN)

32 PNTL members from the Rapid Intervention Unit in Baucau join screening process

32 members of the PNTL from the Rapid Intervention Unit are participating in the week-long screening process currently underway.

"The training is part of the agreement between the Government and UNMIT to ensure that all the PNTL officers are screened before they resume their normal duties," said the PNTL Academy Director, Julio Hornai.(DN)

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanario Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)


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