Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 13 December 2007

Thursday, 13 December 2007

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National Media Reports

TVTL Summary News

PNTL Commander: appeals for calm amongst the population and denies that PNTL members are joining Alfredo: The Commander-Designate of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Afonso de Jesus strongly denied that any PNTL members had left to join Alfredo's group.

The PNTL have been working hand-in-hand with the United Nations Police (UNPol) to provide security for the country, based on the constitution of Timor-Leste. The Commander also appealed for people to remain calm and ignore the rumours.

F-FDTL to guarantee security: The Commander of the Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL), Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, said that the F-FDTL is prepared to provide security for Christmas Eve and for international visits in this week.

He also added that the F-FDTL is ready to give any assistance to the community as needed.

If Justice is not implemented, the youth are ready to die with Alfredo

The spokesperson of the pro-justice youth, Julio Soares Salsinha, said that the youth are always ready to support Alfredo Reinado and Gastão Salsinha as these two people stand for truth and justice.

During a press conference in Balide, Dili, on Wednesday (12/12) Mr. Salsinha said that if no justice is achieved, the youth will be ready to die for Alfredo.

Mr. Salsinha added that they are prepared to face arrest for their support for Alfredo. (STL and TVTL)

Taur Matan Ruak: we will guarantee that the situation stays calm

The Commander of the Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak said that the F-FDTL is ready to provide security for Christmas Eve and the international visits this week.

"The situation in the country is good. Security will be provided during the visit of the United Nations Secretary General (SG) and for Christmas Eve. Hopefully there will be no problems," said Brig. Gen. Taur in Caicoli, Dili, on Wednesday (12/12). (STL, DN and TVTL)

Francisco Branco: Xanana-Ramos Horta's statement on Alfredo is out-of-date

Francisco Branco, a member of the national parliament (MP) from Fretilin, said that the promise made by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and President Ramos-Horta to arrest those who support Alfredo is out-of-date.

Mr. Branco said that the statements of the President and Prime Minister are contradictory; on the one hand, the government has formed a task force to organise a dialogue between the state and the rebels. On the other, the President and Prime Minister launch threats to put pressure on Alfredo's supporters.

Mr. Branco also questioned the status of Alfredo Reinado, asking whether he is an active military officer or a rebel; if he is a rebel than he should be forced to obey the law of this country. (STL)

Between Alfredo and the Alliance: there should be a commitment to peace

The Former MP from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Leandro Isaac, said he hoped that there would be a commitment to stability and security between the Alliance Government, led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, and former Police Military Commander Alfredo Reinado.

"I think both parties should commit to stability and security to create peace. And Alfredo should make this commitment to keep people calm, which in turn could help him solve his problem," said Mr. Isaac on Wednesday (12/12) in Comoro, Dili. (STL)

PNTL Commander: denies that his members are joining Alfredo

Commander- Designate of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Afonso de Jesus strongly rejected the suggestion that members of the PNTL had left to join Alfredo's group.

"It's only a rumour," said the Commander of PNTL.

The PNTL have been working hand-in-hand with the United Nations Police (UNPol) to provide security for the country, based on the constitution of Timor-Leste. The Commander also appealed for people to remain calm and ignore the rumours. (STL, TP, TVTL and DN)

National Parliament to ask the UNSG to extend the mandate of UNMIT

The National Parliament (NP) will ask UNSG Ban Ki-Moon to extend the tenure of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) during his visit to Timor –Leste on Friday 14/12).

The NP is planning to express the desire that the UN continue its work.

"The United Nations have said that they will not leave Timor-Leste unsupported, but we need to state directly that we need a UN presence here," said the vice president of the NP, Vicente Guterres.

Mr. Guterres also said that the NP is preparing a special session to welcome the UNSG Ban Ki-Moon. During the session they will ask the UN to assist Timor-Leste through its current crisis period, and ask that it continue to provide assistance in security and stability, socio-economic matters, politics, and the democratic development of the country.

The NP is also planning to describe the current problems faced by the nation, such as security, IDPs and Alfredo's case to the UNSG. (TP)

International Media Reports

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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