Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 18 December 2007

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

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National Media Reports

TVTL Summary News

Prime Minister (PM) Xanana to give one last opportunity to Alfredo and Salsinha: PM Xanana Gusmão said that the government will still give one last opportunity to Alfredo Reinado and Gastão Salsinha to resolve their problems.

As planned and organized by the Task Force of the government, including the National Movement of Youth and Swiss Group Unity for Justice and Humanitarian Dialogue, a dialogue was held on Sunday morning at 9am between PM Xanana Gusmão, President José Ramos-Horta, President of the National Parliament (NP), Colonel Lere Anan Timor-Filomeno Paixão from Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) and Alfredo Reinado. Mr. Reinado and Salsinha did not make an appearance at the dialogue.

PM Xanana Gusmão has asked the Timorese people, including IDPs, to not be afraid of Alfredo Reinado as the government is committed to solving this problem.

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Alfredo Reinado: asks PM Xanana threaten him

The Former Commander of Military Police Major Alfredo Reinado, has asked PM Xanana Gusmão to not threaten him.

Reinado said that he is not frightened of the threats and is ready to take any ultimatum made by the government.

“Tell Xanana that Alfredo is never frightened, so never make threats. If I want to make an ultimatum, Dili will be an empty town.

If forcing me, let’s have your ultimatum, I’ll will also have mine,” said Reinado on Monday (17/12) in Gleno.

Mr. Reinado said that they did not make their presence in the meeting on Sunday (16/12) as the leaders were not professional and that what they say is different to what is decided. (STL)

Lasama: Xanana gives executive statement to Alfredo

President of NP Fernando Lasama de Araujo said that the strong statement made by PM Xanana Gusmão on the absence of Reinado and Salsinha to the dialogue on Sunday (16/12) is an executive statement of Xanana as the Chief of the Government. The dialogue was held with PM Xanana Gusmão, President José Ramos-Horta, President of NP and Colonel Lere Anan Timor-Filomeno Paixão from F-FDTL.

The President of NP Fernando Lasama said that his role is as the people’s representative; not to involve but observe, see, listen and feel how the dialogue develops in finding a solution to the problem. However, Alfredo and Salsinha were not present. (STL and DN)

President Ramos-Horta: Alfredo’s provocation may bring reaction

President José Ramos-Horta is asking Alfredo Reinado Gastão Salsinha to participate in the dialogue to avoid adverse reactions.

“I appeal to Alfredo and all do not think that it is a weakness of the state when conducting dialogue. If Alfredo provokes, there will be a reaction.

I think it’s better for Alfredo not to threaten people, the entire country and the UN as people are angry and dizzy to have threats made against them,” said President Ramos-Horta on Sunday (16/12) in Palacio da Cinzas Caicoli, Dili. (STL, DN and TP)

PNTL Task Force: Committed to anticipating violence in the capital

The Dili District Deputy Commander of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), Delfim da Silva, said that the newly reactivated task force team has a strong commitment to anticipating the violence in the capital city, Dili.

Mr. da Silva also said that the PNTL is working along with the UN Police (UNPol) to provide security in the capital city during Christmas Eve.

The task force will also take action to curb illegal checkpoints along the roads and to arrest drunken people. (DN)

UNSG Ban Ki-Moon: “ISF presence in Timor-Leste is important”

The UNSG Ban Ki-Moon has said that the presence of the International Security Forces (ISF) is important to Timor-Leste.

UNSG also said that the UN is asking all Timorese to work with the ISF to solve problems facing in the country.

“All people have to congratulate the presence of ISF in Timor-Leste from a very difficult situation to now, so people should know the presence of ISF,” said UNSG Ban Ki-Moon. (DN)

NP President Lasama, asking Alfredo to collaborate with the dialogue

NP President Fernando Lasama is appealing to Alfredo Reinado and the petitioners’ spokesperson, Gastão Salsinha, to collaborate with the process of dialogue initiated by the government.

According to NP President Lasama, Alfredo Reinado and Salsinha have the responsibility of finding the way out solve their problems in a calm and peaceful manner.

“I think they have the responsibility to get the solution for the problems being faced to guarantee the situation in calm and peaceful among the Timorese societies,” said NP president. (TP)

Democratic Party (PD): The Alliance Government should recognize Fretilin

Related to the meeting between UNSG Ban Ki-Moon and Fretilin, Chief of Democratic Party in NP Adriano do Nascimento said that the Alliance Government has to recognize that Fretilin is a political force in the country.

Mr. Nascimento also recognizes that during the national parliament, Fretilin provided positive contributions through discussions and strong critiques of the nation’s development. (TP)

UN has no competence to force ISF

The Chief of Democratic Party in the national parliament, Adriano do Nascimento, said that the UN has no competence to force ISF under its umbrella.

Mr. Nascimento said that ISF which comprises forces from Australia and New Zealand was coming to Timor-Leste as the bilateral force to stabilize the situation in the country, not under the UN mission. (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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