Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 11 December 2007

Tuesday, 11 December 2007 UNMIT – MEDIA MONITORING

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National Media Reports

Bishop Ricardo: Timorese People Should Apologize To Each Other The celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception is an auspicious day for all baptized people in the world. On this holy day, Bishop Ricardo has asked all Timorese People to love and forgive each other.

“Mary, the Immaculate Conception, is our highest mother because of her grace. Let us forgive and embrace each other. Let us strengthen our trust in her. And let us also cultivate peace in our nation, as the new Baby Jesus is going to be born very soon,” the Bishop said. (STL)

PNTL Identifies those funding Alfredo Reinado After the President and the Prime Minister have declared they would capture people who were supporting Major Alfredo, PNTL has identified some of the names of those who support, while others are under investigation.

“In reality, we already collected a few names but we cannot make them public, as we must protect our sources of information. The police have a duty to keep their names confidential,“ said the PNTL’s Operational Commander, Mateus Fernandes. (STL)

A Crocodile attacks 13 years old boy in Lospalos A crocodile has attacked a 13 year old boy at one of the riverbanks in Lospalos.

The crocodile bit the boy while he was fishing with two of his friends, and pulled him into deeper water. One of the boy’s friends showed respect to the crocodile, and said ” ‘Abo’ or ancestor, why do you do this to us? Please set him free, we all respect you as well.”

The crocodile released the boy who is now recovering in hospital. (STL)

Portugal provides support for the F-FDTL Portugal and Timor-Leste have signed an agreement to develop the Timorese military, as part of the country’s ongoing need for the training of its defence forces.

“We are exploring how Portugal will help our military forces to gain more experience in the future,” said the Secretary State for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, after signing the agreement with Portugal’s Secretary for Defense, Joao Mira Gomes.

“Portugal has a commitment to help Timor-Leste’s defense force. (STL)

International Human Rights day: 182 Prisoners Showed Their Exhibition The Justice Minister, Lucia Lobato and other representatives of Timor-Leste’s human rights organisations have joined 128 prisoners from Becora Prison to commemorate International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

“The Government highlights this important day as International Human Right Day for all the people in Timor-Leste including the prisoners, because they are also entitled to their human rights,” Justice Minister, Lucia Lobato said. (STL)

ISF Presence in Timor-Leste same as Indonesian invasion The Deputy of the Fretilin Party, Fransisco Miranda, said the ISF presence in the country is aiming to abolish the Fretilin Party in the same way the Indonesian did over 32 years.

Meanwhile he requested the National Parliament to review again ISF’s presence in the country, to verify the number of ISF soldiers in the country and the exact nature of their cooperation with PNTL and F-FDTL. He asked what the ISF operation had accomplished up until now, and when they would leave the country.

“According to the laws of Timor-Leste, any agreement made by the Government has to be ratified by the National Parliament. This is necessary to reduce speculation and different opinions about whether the ISF presence in Timor-Leste is legal,” said Mr. Miranda, who is also the Deputy of Fretilin Party in the National Parliament. (TP)

President Ramos-Horta calls for human rights to be promoted The President of Timor-Leste, José Ramos-Horta has appealed to all Timorese people to promote the value of human rights.

He also used the occasion of International Human Rights Day to remind people that during the Indonesian occupation, Timorese people used non-violence to achieve their independence, not weapons.

“I am asking all the Timorese people, especially young people who often become either perpetrators or victims of human rights violations.

It is now time to end human rights violations in the nation,” said the President Ramos-Horta. He made the plea as part of his remarks during Human Rights Day commemoration day at Kampu Demokrasia in Dili. (TP)

Brazil will support justice in Timor-Leste The Brazilian Foreign Minister, Celson Amorin said that Brazil will support the Timor-Leste justice sector, while also supporting Timor-Leste’s education sector and military. (TP)

There is no law to forbid people supporting Alfredo The President of the National Unity party in the National Parliament, Fernanda Borges, said the law does not forbid the people from supporting Major Alfredo and his members. (DN)

Jose Luis Guterres: Resolving the problem of IDPs is not easy The Vice-Prime Minister, Jose Luis Guterres said it was not easy to resolve the problems of the IDPs and Petitioniers despite discussion and consideration of a proposed allocation of US$20 million in the budget. (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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