Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 12 December 2007

Wednesday, 12 December 2007


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National Media Reports

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PM Xanana meets UN Under-Secretary-General (USG): UN focused on the security situation in TL The United Nations (UN) is focusing on the security situation in Timor-Leste and is asking that the current problems be solved for the sake of people's freedom.

In a meeting between Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and the USG Jean Marie Guehenno, Prime Minister Xanana said that the problems of IDPs, security and Alfredo / the petitioners are the main challenges facing the current government, and they have all been prioritised with a view to solving them in the short-term.

The Prime Minister also explained the cooperation between UNPol and the PNTL on security sector reform.

USG Jean Marie Guehenno said that UN is ready to give assistance to Timor-Leste, and is always ready to work together with the government of Timor-Leste. (DN)

ISF presence: providing security

ISF Captain Mathew Moran said that the International Security Forces (ISF) are present in Timor-Leste to create stability and provide security to the Timorese people.

Captain Moran also said that the ISF is trying to help the Timorese people achieve peace, even though there are rumours that the ISF is not working well.

Furthermore, the officer said that ISF is working and cooperating with the Defence Force of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL), the United Nations Police (UNPol) and the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) to promote security as the people need to live in peace. (DN and STL)

US$15 million may solve the IDP' problems The President of the National Parliament (NP), Fernando Lasama, said that state funds of US$15m might help solve the IDPs' problems.

Mr. Lasama also said that the NP will control how the current government spends the IDP money that has been approved in the NP. (DN)

Lasama: supporting Alfredo is absolutely not a crime The President of the National Parliament, Fernando "Lasama" de Araujo, commented that those who support Major Alfredo Reinado Alves or his group are absolutely not committing a crime.

"I appeal to the public for their support in ensuring that the dialogue between Alfredo and the Government does not lead to any public tension." He added that the dialogue process is underway and that all parties should highlight how the dialogue will be achieved and find a solution to the problem. (STL and TP)

Fernanda Borges: a state has failed when it follows no law

Fernanda Borges, a member of the national parliament (MP) from the National Unity Party (PUN) said that Timor-Leste would become a failed state if the organs of state work without a legal basis.

Ms. Borges said that the NP has to follow the processes and rules of the parliament when approving the proposed funds for the government.

"Taking one or two days to approve the state funds means that Timor-Leste will avoid becoming a failed state - it should follow the processes and rules of the parliament," said Ms. Borges on Monday (10/12) in NP. (STL)

Ramos-Horta contacts Xanana: increased funds for poverty reduction After the President's program of "Combating Poverty" was considered unconstitutional by the Court of Appeal, the President approached the Prime Minister Xanana to save his idea by asking him to increase funding for poverty reduction in 2008.

Via a letter to Prime Minister Xanana, President Ramos-Horta also asked that funding be increased for those facing educational financial problems. (TP)

Afonso de Jesus: some leaders have been intervening in the PNTL's decision making PNTL Commander-Designated Afonso de Jesus complained that some political leaders have been intervening with the work of the PNTL in the areas of operations and administration.

Mr. Afonso also asked the government to begin recruiting new members of the PNTL and suggested that the government and organs of state do not allow PNTL members to participate in parliamentary and presidential elections in the future. (TP)

International Media Reports

UN seeks $3.8 billion for humanitarian emergencies in 2008 appeal

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11 (APP): The United Nations has appealed for $3.8 billion to provide urgent support to 25 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries around the world, including Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Speaking at the launch of the Humanitarian Appeal 2008 this morning in Geneva, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said that "many humanitarian crises involving conflict continue, in Somalia, Sudan, the occupied Palestinian territory, and the DRC to name just a few and people living in such extreme circumstances will need continued generosity in 2008.

"Floods, hurricanes, cyclones, and drought also struck more frequently in 2007, and this trend points to a future where aid agencies, and the world"s vulnerable poor, will have to respond ever more frequently to climate-related disasters," he added.

The appeal is made up of ten consolidated appeals for the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Cote d-Ivoire, the DRC, the occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, the West African region and Zimbabwe.

Some 188 organizations, including UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other international organizations, come together through the appeal to meet the world's major humanitarian challenges in a strategic, coordinated, effective and prioritized way.

Holmes urged generosity among donors, noting that "although we know that legislators face many competing priorities, we are asking for merely a few cents of humanitarian aid for every hundred dollars of national income."

Also present at today's launch were UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres; Secretary-General of CARE International, Robert Glasser; and Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson.

Citing some examples from the current year, he highlighted the important humanitarian work being done with the funds provided by these appeals, including the provision of safe water and sanitation to over 450,000 people in Somalia, as well as emergency job creation and cash assistance to 130,000 families in the occupied Palestinian territory. He noted that the 2008 appeal does not account for the full amount of the funds required for the year, and that two or three additional appeals were expected to be launched in the coming weeks and months, including for Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Iraq.

Nor does the consolidated appeal include the so-called "flash appeals," which arise from individual natural disasters. "This year we issued 15 flash appeals, which are five more than in any previous year for natural disasters. We really see a very clear relationship between climate change and that number of appeals. Fourteen of the natural disasters are extreme weather related."

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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