Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 13 November 2007

Tuesday, 13 November 2007


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TVTL Summary News

Commemoration of Santa Cruz Massacre 1991: In Dili, on the 16th commemoration of the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre, the victims and their families are asking the government to honor those who sacrificed themselves for the freedom of the nation by following in their footsteps and proclaiming the day as National Youth Day.

15 and 16 November: F-FDTL dialogue with the petitioners Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that the government and the F-FDTL will hold two day talks on Thursday and Friday this week with the petitioners in Aileu district.

“The dialogue has no relation to Alfredo Reinado. The dialogue is not with the government. Everyone knows that the F-FDTL is the one who should frankly conduct the dialogue with the petitioners as recommended by the Commission of Inquiry (COI),” affirmed the Prime Minister to journalists on Sunday in Dili. (STL)

TL government defends justice The Vice Prime Minister, Jose Luis Guterres said that the government of Timor-Leste will try to stand up for justice, especially for the victims of the Santa Cruz massacre and to strengthen the relationship with the government of Indonesia.

Mr. Guterres said that the report on the victims of the massacre will be provided to the Indonesian government.

“The International Tribunal is created by the United Nations through the Security Council. The government has been given options which it has provided to the Commission of Friendship and Truth (CTF).

Timor-Leste and Indonesia are still working together to solve the 1999 crisis. CTF’s effort is to guarantee peace and to strengthen the two nations.’” said the vice prime minister. (STL)

Australia not a member of the International Criminal Court “All the people of Timor-Leste are vulnerable to ISF abuse, if the national parliament does not ratify the presence of International Security Forces (ISF) because Australia is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC)”, said a member of parliament.

“Australian and USA are not members of the ICC which means they may have immunity when their military forces commit crimes in other nations,” said Mr. Cecilio Caminha of the CNRT. (TP)

President Ramos-Horta: “Alfredo’s case is different with the petitioners” President José Ramos-Horta said that the cases of Alfredo Reinado and the petitioners are different.

The petitioners’ case is a social, economic and political case while Alfredo’s case is about justice.

Today, the government brings the ISF accord to parliament The vice president of the National Parliament, Vicente Guterres said that today (Tuesday 13/11) the government is going to submit a proposed accord between the government and the ISF, to be studied and ratified.

“The accord will be studied, and assessments will be conducted on the general security situation of the country. The decision will be based on the interests of the nation,” said Mr. Guterres on Friday (9/11) in the national parliament.

At the meeting of the national parliament, the presence of United Nations Police (UNPol) was also discussed. (DN)

Alfredo Reinado: “Petitioners need to be active in the military” Alfredo Reinado said that even though there is still no way to gather all the petitioners, the state and government already agreed to include the petitioners in the dialogue.

Mr. Reinado also explains that the current government’s program is to solve the case of the petitioners, so they should be allowed to continue their daily activities as military men.

“We will not let our military functions go,” said Gastao Salsinha, the spokesperson of the petitioners. (DN)

The government to support NP and review the presence of ISF The current government led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão on Friday (9/11) shows its support to the national parliament through the evaluation to the ISF’s presence in the country.

The decision to support the presence of ISF means the submission of a bilateral accord to the national parliament to be studied and ratified. (TP)

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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