Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 11 January 2008

Friday, 11 January 2008

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National Media Reports

TVTL news coverage

F-FDTL to withdraw from the government offices: The government is going to withdraw the F-FDTL who are currently providing security to the government offices, and replace them with the PNTL.

State Secretary for Security Francisco Guterres said that the government will conduct an assessment before replacing the F-FDTL in February.

140 GNR awarded UN medals: One hundred and forty members of the United Nations Police (UNPol) from the Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) have been awarded UN medals.

The medals awarded symbolize the valuable contribution of the GNR to the UN in helping to guarantee security in the country.

As part of the ceremony, President (PR) José Ramos-Horta said that the PNTL should look at the GNR as a model of how to provide security.

At the event, the Minister of the Interior for Portugal, Rui Pereira, said that Portugal will continue to cooperate with Timor-Leste on the board of the UN Mission.

Minister of Interior Rui Pereira of Portugal visits Timor-Leste: The Portuguese Minister of the Interior Rui Pereira of Portugal is visiting Timor-Leste to familiarize himself with the administration of the country and the Guarda Nacional Republicana's work on the island.

RTL news coverage

Interactive Debate about the 1st trimester operational plan of ISF, UNPol and PNTL: The General Commander of the PNTL, Afonso de Jesus, said that the PNTL should provide information about arrest warrants from the courts in order to avoid rumors that PNTL are misconducting their arrest operations.

Deputy UNPol Commissioner Hermanprit Singh said that at the end of January, UNPol will hand over three police stations to the PNTL: Bidau, Mercado Lama and Bairo Pite.

During the debate many listeners congratulated the PNTL for the work of the Task Force which has been providing security since Christmas Eve.

The court is obliged to act upon the decision of the President: After it has been published in the Journal of the Republic, the court is obliged to act upon the decision of President when he pardons any condemned prisoners.

The president of the Court of Appeal, Claudio Ximenes, said that the pardon of the President should be classified as either a total pardon or a pardon for a certain number of years.

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PM Xanana: MUNJ resignation doesn't affect the dialogue process

Prime Minister (PM) Xanana Gusmão declared that the withdrawal of the Youth Movement of National Unity (MUNJ) has no affect on the dialogue process between the government, Alfredo Reinado and the petitioners.

PM Xanana said that it is the right of MUNJ to withdraw from the Task Force, and it will not affect the process that the Government is working on to solve the problems of the nation.

"We are a democracy…it willl not affect the process of dialogue," said PM Xanana on Thursday (10/1) after meeting President (PR) José Ramos-Horta in the Palacio das Cinzas in Caicoli, Dili. (TP, DN and STL)

PR Ramos-Horta: no new Task Force will be formed PR Ramos-Horta said that he will not form a new Task Force to replace the Task Force recently formed by the Alliance Government and led by the State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres.

As the chief of the state, PR Ramos-Horta professed his support for the Task Force to manage the process of dialogue between the government, Alfredo Reinado and the petitioners. (TP)

140 GNR awarded UN medals One hundred and forty members of the United Nations Police (UNPol) from the Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) have been awarded UN medals.

The medals awarded symbolize the valuable contribution of the GNR to the UN in helping to guarantee security in the country.

At the ceremony were PR Ramos-Horta, SRSG Atul Khare, PM Xanana, President of the National Parliament (NP), and other officials of the country. (TP, DN, STL and TVTL)

PM Xanana: doesn't react to the accusations of Alfredo and Fretilin PM Xanana does not want to respond to the accusations made by Alfredo Reinado and Fretilin claiming that he was the author of the crisis.

The Alfredo's accusation was made by video and got strong support from Fretilin.

"I can say that I received the CD (compact disk) and then gave it to others. I cannot pass judgement on my self and cannot hide anything. I have no comment on the CD because I know nothing about what they are saying," said PM Xanana on Thursday (10/1) in Palacio das Cinzas in Caicoli, Dili. (TP and DN)

Weekly meeting of government: F-FDTL to withdraw from the government offices The government is going to discuss a strategic security plan to withdraw F-FDTL members, who now provide security to the government offices, and replace them with the PNTL.

The State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, said that the government will carry out an assessment before replacing the F-FDTL in February. (TP and TVTL)

Lasama: Alfredo has no right to give deadlines to the state The President of the NP Fernando Lasama said that the former Commander of the Military Police Major Alfredo Reinado has no right to give a deadline to the state with regards to solving his and the petitioners' problems.

"Alfredo is a citizen and has no right to give a deadline to the state. This state is a sovereign state. It has leaders and is planning to solve the problem," said the President NP on Thursday (10/1) in Caicoli, Dili. (STL and DN)

PR Ramos-Horta: "There's no legal ruling that said Alfredo isn't a Major" PR and Supreme Commander of the F-FDTL José Ramos-Horta declared that until now there has been no legal ruling to say that Alfredo is no longer a Major, and he is still considered as Major Alfredo Reinado Alves.

"The status of Alfredo is only clarified through the process of dialogue. If we intend to turn a military man into a civilian, then it should require a legal process, not just a declaration with no direction," said PR Ramos-Horta on Thursday (10/1) in Caicoli, Dili. (STL)

ISF to provide medical treatment in the districts The Commander of the International Security Forces (ISF) Brigadier John Hutchison said that the ISF will provide medical treatment to all the districts in the country. Brigadier Hutchison said that medical treatment is an important step for the ISF mission in Timor-Leste to strengthen relations with communities in the country. (DN)

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanário Nacional (SN) Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL) Tempo Semanal (TS)

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