Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 27 November 2007

Tuesday, 27 November 2007


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National Media Reports

TVTL Summary News

Fretilin still regards the current government as unconstitutional: During his visit, the President of Europe Union, José Manuel Durão Barroso, also met the former Prime Minister and Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri.

Mr. Alkatiri said that during the meeting he informed Mr. Barroso that the current government is unconstitutional and incompetent, and lacks capacity.

However, Mr. Barroso said that all Timorese have to be united to develop this fragile country.

The Secretary-General also said that it is time for all the leaders to come together and work together based upon a national consensus to develop the country.


Fretilin congratulates the Australian Labour Party The Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, congratulated the new Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, on behalf of his party for the victory of the Labour Party in the Australian elections.

"We know Mr. Kevin Rudd, a friend of East Timor before the 1999 referendum. We are proud of the Australians who cast their votes for him.

Mr. Rudd was a senior member of the Labour Party and willingly supported Fretilin's membership of the progressive political parties association, named the International Socialists," said Mr. Alkatiri. (DN and DN)

UN continuously assisting the IDPs The United Nations in Timor-Leste continuously provides assistance to IDPs who are now facing many kinds of problems in the camps, in the capital city of the country.

The UN Spokesperson, Allison Cooper, said that in the area of humanitarian assistance, the UN is providing tents and making preparations for the rainy season.

The preparations include increasing food, water, and medicine, and improving sanitation.

Fretilin asks Australia to maintain security in Timor-Leste Fretilin asked the new Prime Minister of Australia to continue to maintain its forces in the country to provide security for the people of Timor-Leste.

"As a major party in the country, Fretilin wants to talk to the Australian government, which ruled by the Labour Party, on how best to maintain their forces in Timor-Leste," said the Secretary General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri. (STL)

UNPol seizes weapons in Dili

The United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today announced that its police officers, working alongside their Timorese counterparts, and with support from the International Security Forces (ISF), have completed a successful weapons recovery operation in a troubled district in the capital city.

The Dili district of Bairo Pite is often the scene of fighting between gangs. Police and army officers have recently seen weapons being used during fights, according to UNMIT.

"Operation Weapons Sweep" began on Wednesday and concluded on Saturday after an assortment of weapons ranging from bows, arrows, machetes, sling shots, knives, spears and homemade guns were recovered.

Community officials also participated in the Operation by assisting police with the searching of homes based on the written authorization of their owners, UNMIT said.

"Involving community officials in police work is essential for reducing the incidence of gang violence on Dili streets," said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare.

"It sends a strong message to those indulging in violence that it will not be tolerated by the community itself, or by law enforcement authorities, and collectively we will move to confiscate the weapons that are used to execute violence," he said. (STL)

Lucia Lobato asks the National parliament to send a commission to Malaysia Minister of Justice Lucia Lobato is asking the national Parliament to create a commission to Malaysia to ascertain the health of the former Interior Minister, Rogerio Lobato.

"Mr. Rogerio Lobato is currently under treatment in the Pantai Medical Centre of Malaysia, therefore I have suggested to the National Parliament that it send a commission to look at his condition," said Ms. Lobato in the national parliament.

Illegal Transaction at the border: PNTL & UNPol deployment will not solve the problem The District Administrator of Covalima, Inacio Pires, said that there has been an illegal transaction at the border between the people of Timor-Leste and the neighbouring country.

"Deploying the officers of the PNTL and UNPol at the border is not quite enough, there needs to be another solution," said Mr. Pires.

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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