Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 19 November 2007

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

Monday, 19 November 2007

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National Media Reports

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Jose Luis de Oliveira: government needs to be patient if it is to solve the petitioners' case The Director of the HAK Association and the facilitator of the first round of dialogue between the petitioners and government, José Luis de Oliveira, said that even though Gastao Salsinha was not present for the first round of the dialogue in Aileu, the government should be patient in solving this national problem.

However Mr. Salsinha, the spokesperson of the petitioners, said that the dialogue is illegal as they were not informed of it.

Another dialogue between the government and petitioners will be arranged when a setting to encourage maximum participation from the petitioners is identified. (DN)

For and against in the national parliament: returning the petitioners to the F-FDTL The attempt of the petitioners to return to the barracks of F-FDTL resulted in arguments for and against between the members of the national parliament.

Jacob Xavier from PPT said that the petitioners could return to the barracks as long as they return to their previous status of F-FDTL members, excluding those who get benefits.

Francisco Miranda from Fretilin said that the petitioners' problem is not a political problem, it is a state problem that should be viewed from its legal aspects, including the legal consequences of any action.

Pedro da Costa from CNRT said that if the petitioners are to reintegrate back into the F-FDTL, then the solution must be found through dialogue - but how can this be achieved if the petitioners do not participate the dialogue? (DN and TP)

Alfredo Reinado: "My problem and the problem of the petitioners are the same" Alfredo Reinado said that his problem and the petitioners' problem are the same and he should participate in any dialogue held by the government, including between F-FDTL and the petitioners.

Mr. Reinado said the problems are the same because he also walked out of the barracks of the F-FDTL to provide protection to the petitioners.

"I will be the first person to act as a witness for the petitioners, because I stepped out of the barracks to give them protection, so my problem is the same the petitioners," said Mr. Reinado on Friday (16/11) in Gleno, Ermera. (DN and TP)

November 26: Security Council to visit Timor-Leste A Delegation from the United Nations Security Council will visit Timor-Leste on November 26th to evaluate to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).

Allison Cooper, UNMIT Spokesperson, said that the delegation will also visit the districts over four days (26-30th November).

"The delegation will also visit the districts, although I do not know who exactly they will meet in the districts," said Ms. Cooper in the weekly UNMIT press briefing on Thursday (15/11) in Obrigado Barracks-Caicoli, Dili. (DN)

Luis-Vicente: "Fretilin criticises constructively" Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres and Vice President of the National Parliament Vicente da Silva Guterres said that the constructive criticisms from Fretilin against the Alliance government are well-considered and a direct contribution to the development of the country.

The vice president of the NP also said that Fretilin may advise the current government using their experience from when they were the previous government. (DN)

President Ramos-Horta: the GNR is a good model for PNTL President Jose Ramos-Horta said that GNR from Portugal is better model for reforming the PNTL, and therefore he requests that President Portugal Cavaco Silva cooperate in this sector.

"The reform of PNTL is very crucial for the stability of this nation, and we would like to strengthen our cooperation with Portugal in this sector.

We believe that such a model as shown by the GNR is better for Timor Leste," said the president. (TP and STL)

Mari Alkatiri: anti-terrorist conference necessary for Timor-Leste The participation of East Timor's parliament in the international parliamentary Union conference held in New York was necessary to discuss global anti-terrorism.

According to Marie Alkatiri, it is necessary for Timor Leste.

"I think it is necessary for Timor Leste to act upon the regulations in order to reinforce our country based on the law and democracy," said the former prime minister.

He added that the anti-terrorist conference takes place every year, and that the meeting may provide positive input to each national parliament to help fight terrorism. (STL)

International Media Reports

Full military honours for Qld soldier's funeral ABC News

A funeral with full military honours will be held in Calliope near Gladstone this morning for Queensland soldier Private Ashley Baker, who died in East Timor.

Family and friends of Private Baker, from Tannum Sands, will gather in Calliope to pay their final respects to the soldier who died in Dili two weeks ago.

Private Baker's funeral will be held at the Calliope RSL Hall at 11:00am AEST and he will then be laid to rest in the Calliope cemetery.

The 19-year-old was found dead from a gunshot wound in his barracks on November 5.

The Queensland coroner is investigating his death.

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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