Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 17 January 2008

Thursday, 17 January 2008

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National Media Reports

TVTL news coverage

F-DTL to withdraw from the government offices: The Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, said that his soldiers who were deployed to secure Government buildings in the capital of Dili will soon be withdrawn, because the situation in the capital has returned to normal.

The Commander said F-FDTL soldiers deployed in the country's east, in areas such as Lospalos and Uatolari, have been withdrawn and the task of providing security has been handed over to the national police.

Matan Ruak made the comments yesterday after meeting with President Jose Ramos Horta at the Presidential Palacio das Cinzas.

Ruak said that during the meeting, they discussed Reinado, the petitioners and IDPs'.

PNTL 'Lafaek Operation' arrests 73 people in 5 bars in Dili: The National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) arrested 73 people for alleged prostitution and drug-related offences from five bars on Tuesday night (15/1) in Dili.

The PNTL Task Force Commander Pedro Belo said that the 'Lafaek Operation' resulted in 73 arrests, including 20 Timorese who were suspected of being involved in drug use and prostituton.

RTL news coverage Fretilin's youth pressure the Court of Appeal to investigate the author of the 2006 crisis: Fretilin's youth are pressuring the Court of Appeal to investigate immediately the author of 2006 crisis that led to the deaths of many people and the destruction of hundreds of houses.

The Spokesperson of the youth, Paulino Soares, declared that the video is the corroborating evidence that Xanana Gusmão was the author of the 2006 crisis.

"Xanana gave a speech and divided the country into east and west, which resulted in a crisis with many victims," declared Paulo on Wednesday (16/1) in a press conference in Quintal Boot, Dili.

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General prosecutor doesn't get involved in the case of Alfredo's video

The General Prosecutor Longuinhos Monteiro said that he has received a letter from the President of Fretilin Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo about Alfredo's CD which accused Prime Minister (PM) Xanana Gusmão of being the author of the 2006 crisis.

Mr. Monteiro said that the Public Ministry will not get involved in this case as it is a political issue. (TP and DN)

ISF expands its role in TL

The International Security Forces (ISF) in Timor-Leste recently expanded their role to help people in various areas in the country.

The ISF has of late not only been guaranteeing security and stability, but it has also been providing humanitarian and engineering assistance, among other things, to help address people's needs in the country.

"Our role has expanded to include giving humanitarian assistance to the people," said Commander of the ISF John Hutchison. (TP)

'Lafaek Operation' results in the arrest of 73 people, The PNTL 'Lafaek Operation' resulted in the arrest of 73 people in 5 bars in Dili who were suspected of being involved in drug use and prostitution in 5 bars on Tuesday night (15/1) in Dili.

PNTL Dili District Commander Pedro Belo said that the intention of the 'Lafaek Operation' was to arrest 73 people, including 20 Timorese who are allegedly involved in prostitution and drugs. (DN, RTL, and TVTL)

Guterres: IDPs returning home as Alfredo and the petitioners' case will be solved

The representative of the IDPs from Motael Camp, Francisco Guterres, said that the government's plan to help the IDPs to return home is good.

Mr. Guterres said since the problem of Alfredo and the petitioners will be solved, the IDPs will return home since the country is no longer in a military or political crisis. (DN)

Fretilin's youth: pressuring an investigation into the author of the 2006 crisis

Fretilin's youth are pressuring the Court of Appeal to investigate immediately the author of 2006 crisis that led to the deaths of many people and the destruction of hundreds of houses.

The Spokesperson of the youth, Paulino Soares, declared that the speech of President Xanana Gusmão on TVTL on 23 of March 2006 caused conflicts and violence in Dili. Many people, including military men, were victims of that speech.

"For this reason we need the Court of Appeal to investigate the video where Alfredo accuses Xanana of being the author of the 2006 crisis. We also ask the President to take action on this constitutionally.

Mari Alkatiri resigned because of a video played in Australia. So we say that Alfredo's video could be the evidence and we ask PM Xanana Gusmão to resign and dissolve the government," declared Paulo on Wednesday (16/1) in a press conference in Quintal Boot, Dili. (DN, TVTL and RTL)

Ramos-Horta: asking Taur Matan Ruak to help solve Alfredo's case

President (PR) José Ramos-Horta is asking F-FDTL Commander Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak to cooperate with state institutions and help solve the problems of Alfredo, the petitioners and IDPs.

President Jose Ramos Horta made the statement after having a weekly meeting with Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak on Wednesday (16/1) in Palacio da Cinzas, Dili. (STL)

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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