Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 6 November 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list (info@etan.org) have been removed.]

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

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National Media Reports

TVTL Summary News

Timor-Leste national parliament visits Indonesia: Members of the national parliament, led by the president of the national parliament, held a visit to Indonesia.

The trip was to develop the relationship between the two nations that will be followed by an agreement between Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

National parliament to review the ISF presence: Parliamentary members from the CNRT, PD, Fretilin, ASDT, PSD, PN, UNDERTIM political parties have voiced their concern about the presence of ISF in Timor-Leste.

The members said the Vice President of the national parliament will all invite parliamentary members from all political parties to hold a meeting to re-evaluate and review the agreement covering the presence of the ISF in Timor-Leste.

The Head of Timor-Leste meets the Head of UNMIT: The Special Representative of Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare held a weekly meeting with the government of Timor-Leste in discussing the recent situation of the country.

SRSG Atul Khare said that the meeting was to discuss issues relevant to the Government and the United Nations.

National parliament decides to review the presence of ISF

The national parliament has decided to review the agreement for the presence of International Security Forces (ISF) in Timor-Leste.

Members of the national parliament, belonging to the CNRT, PD, Fretilin, ASDT, PSD, PN, UNDERTIM parties made the decision based on concerns that the ISF is threatening Timor-Leste’s sovereignty.

Concerned members said the ISF has been involved in torturing Timorese people, including shooting two young people to dead at the Comoro IDP camp in March 2007.

“In the plenary session we are all concerned about the presence of the ISF and we would like to review the agreement before there are more victims.

We will conduct a meeting to find out if there is any possibility to revise the accord as demanded,” said Vicente Guterres, the vice president of the national parliament.

On the other hand, MP from Fretilin, Francisco Branco said that Fretilin is not against ISF, but it is important to know how the ISF cooperates with the F-FDTL and PNTL.

The national parliament also referred to its appeal in October 2006, requesting the ISF to be under the United Nations. (TP, STL and TVTL)

Fretilin: not frightened by an international audit

The Head of Fretilin in the national parliament, Aniceto Guterres said that his party is not concerned about an international audit of its government between the years of 2002 and 2007.

If the results show failings of the former members of the previous government we will accept them, but if there are no evidence then Fretilin asks to stop this campaign of accusations and dirty propaganda against Fretilin,” said Mr. Guterres on Monday (5/11) in the national parliament.

On the other hand, MP from Social Democratic Party (PSD), Riak Leman said that the audit will also extend to the current Alliance government for the sake of transparency. (TP, DN and STL)

UN envoy and Prime Minister meet: strengthening situation of the country

The Special Representative of Secretary General of United Nations in Timor-Leste, Atul Khare held a meeting with Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmao in the government palace to inform the work of United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste.

“The meeting was well conducted and discussed how to strengthen the situation in Timor-Leste and what the United Nations can do to assist that,” said Atul Khare.

The meeting is a weekly meeting between United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and the government of Timor-Leste. (TP,DN and TVTL)

Lucia Lobato accuses MPs of NP of manipulating the COI recommendations

The Justice Minister Lucia Lobato has accused former members of the national parliament of manipulating the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) in relation to the names of the actors, which are not given out by the national parliament.

“Some names in the recommendation of COI were not mentioned in the final recommendation of the parliament,” said Ms. Lobato on Monday (5/11) in the national parliament. (TP and STL)

Judge Ivo asking ISF to apprehend Alfredo

Judge Ivo from the Dili District Court has asked the International Security Forces (ISF) to arrest Alfredo Reinado.

“The capture of escapees with illegal weapons is within the jurisdiction of the ISF in Timor-Leste,” said Judge Ivo as cited by Lusa from a letter to John Hutcheson, the commander of ISF in Timor-Leste. Judge Ivo isasking ISF to apprehend Reinado and his group as they manifest frontally against the sovereignty of Timor-Leste.

“The previous operation of ISF to arrest Reinado and his supporters has been halted based on the proposition of the Timorese leaders,” said John Hutcheson. (STL)

IDPs forcing NP to review the presence of ISF

The IDPs Airport Camp are forcing the national parliament to evaluate and review the presence of ISF in Timor-Leste as they become victims of ISF.

“This is the second time we become victims; shot dead and injured. ISF are professional soldiers; they should not kill innocent,” said Carlito, the camp coordinator of IDP Comoro.

The IDPs have asked the national parliament to review the presence of ISF and threat to and are requesting permission for a peaceful demonstration in Dili against government policy toward ISF. (STL)

Fretilin’s militants welcome Ramos-Horta with demonstration

Fretilin supporters have protested against President José Ramos-Horta visiting the eastern part of the country, in Lautem.

The Fretilin supporters met the President with a banner, that requests the President to resign over the decision to announce the Alliance Government, which they claim is unconstitutional.

The banner also asks the President to give back the Nobel Peace Prize, because it is not valid in Timor-Leste. (DN)

TL has eligibility for the MCC assistance

The Ambassador of United States of America in Timor-Leste informed that Timor-Leste is eligible, along with other 19 countries, to get assistance from Millenium Challenge Program (MCC).

However he informed that Timor-Leste still needs to improve in some areas. (STL)

International Media Reports

House deals a helpful hand for central bank graft probe

Ridwan Max Sijabat The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The House is set to lend a helpful hand to the country's anti-corruption commission to ensure investigations into graft cases worth Rp 4.5 billion (US$500,000) can be completed.

The cases involve the central bank and are related to money provided by the bank to House members during the deliberation of several bills in the House in 2004.

Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives' Honorary Council (BK) Gayus Lumbun said he had been appointed to lead a special team to investigate funds from Bank Indonesia (BI) provided to a number of legislators.

"The team will open all documents, including minutes of meetings during the bills' deliberation, to assess the case," Gayus said.

"The documents will also reveal issues being discussed during meetings between legislators and central bank officials."

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) recently summoned several BI officials, including BI Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and senior deputy governor Miranda Gultom, for investigations into the graft cases.

Investigations began after KPK received a report from the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) about graft cases in which BI officials’ disbursed funds to the House commission overseeing financial affairs in 2004.

It was reported the fund was related to the deliberation of bills on bank liquidation, BI's budget, BI's supervisory institution and on bankruptcy.

Gayus said BK had received many reports on the graft cases allegedly involving at least nine legislators, half of whom were still serving as lawmakers.

"Former legislators should not feel safe because they will also be summoned to give their testimonies," Gayus said, although he declined to identify anyone still in the House.

Gayus said BK would help KPK investigations to repair the House's tarnished image and credibility but also said, "KPK will face difficulties to carry out its investigation into the cases without any help from BK". "We have our own interests to repair the House's tarnished image (because) it allegedly involved active and former legislators," he said.

DSTO announces new data-records tool

Published: Nov. 5, 2007 at 10:38 AM

United Press International

SYDNEY, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The Australian Defense Department announced the Defense Science and Technology Organization have developed a handheld information tool to help soldiers.

The DSTO announced the development of a Synchronized Handheld Information and Local Observation information tool for soldiers in an effort to operate more effectively using local knowledge during deployments overseas.

Officials say the SHIRLOC device, which runs on personal digital assistants technology, was developed for Australian troops in Timor-Leste to help them in compiling information on local criminal elements and illegal activities, the Australian Defense Department reported.

“In complex war fighting and peacekeeping operations, where local knowledge is becoming increasingly important, SHIRLOC improves awareness of mission-relevant information to assist troops in carrying out their dangerous tasks,” acting Australian Chief Defense Scientist Nanda Nandagopal said in a statement.

“SHIRLOC consists of a database with a large number of records that can be readily referenced during patrols, providing soldiers with an enormous amount of information not previously accessible.”

With cross-reference links to associated people, locations, events, groups and even vehicles based on records stored in the SHIRLOC database for persons of interest, searches can be carried out using variables of names and alias, age and group.

“SHIRLOC is a flexible system and a recent successful usability trial and evaluation in Timor-Leste means that its capability could be extended to other theatres of operation,” Nandagopal said.

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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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