Subject: UNMIT's Daily Media Review, 25 January 2008

Friday, 25 January 2008

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National Media Reports

TVTL news coverage Fretilin accuses the Alliance Government of failing to defend the State President of Fretilin Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo has accused the current government of being irresponsible in defending and empowering institutions of the state.

“Alfredo Reinado is walking freely in the mountains even though he is indicated for crimes against the state.

Security forces could not provide security as each institution is under different directions.

Furthemore, IDPs can not return home as there is no security for them,” said Mr. Lu-Olo on Thursday (24/1) in Hotel Timor, Dili.

Reinado intends to cause a revolution Judge Ivo Rosa of the Dili district Court said the military uniforms and weapons used by Alfredo Reinado and his groups in a video recording shown by the Public Prosecution shows he wants to revolt against the state.

Paulo Remeidos, legal advisor for Reinado said rejects the video recording, as it does not fit with the facts and has no relation to the allegations against his client.

However, Prosecutor Felismino Cardoso said the video recording does contain facts relevant to the allegation, especially in relation to military uniforms and weapons used by Reinado and his group.

RTL news coverage The American Embassy in Timor-Leste launches a new assistance package for Timor-Leste to respond the consequences of 2006 crisis: The Ambassador of USA in Timor-Leste, Hans Klemm said the friendship between the US government and Timor-Leste is based on supporting Timor-Leste and strengthening democracy.

Furthermore, Ambassador Klemm said that the US will also support the government of Timor-Leste to provide security for its people.

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US, ready to support the government solving Alfredo’s problem

The United States of America (USA) has signalled its readiness to support the government of Timor-Leste to solve the problems of Alfredo Reinado and the petitioners.

The Ambassador of USA in Timor-Leste, Hans G. Klemm declared that the USA will offer support when needed.

“We will continue to support the President José Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to continue the process of dialogue to find a good solution for the problems in Timor-Leste,” said Ambassador Klemm on Thursday (24/1) in Pantai Kelapa, Dili. (TP)

The High Level will strengthen security in TL

The High Level Coordination Committee has decided to strengthen security situation in the whole territory of Timor-Leste to increase calm and peace.

“The Trilateral meeting held between us and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão is to strengthen security in Timor-Leste between Defence Forces of Timor-Leste, the National Police of Timor-Leste, the International Security Forces (ISF) and UNPol and to discuss how to create a secure and stable situation for the people,” said State Secretary of Security Francisco Guterres on Thursday (24/1) in the Government Palace, Dili.

The High Level meeting was also attended by the Special Representative of Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste Atul Khare. (TP)

Alfredo’s trial, moved to March 2008

The trial for Alfredo Reinado has been adjourned until March 2008 due to Alfredo Reinado not appearing in court.

During yesterday’s hearing, the Court saw a video with Alfredo Reinado. He is been indicted for his alleged role in the crisis of April and May 2006. (TP and DN)

Alkatiri: dictator Xanana-TL to be a fail state

The Secretary-General of Fretilin Mari Alkatiri has compared Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão’s leadership to that of a dictator and has warned that Timor-Leste will become a failed state.

“Fretilin has called his leadership to come to an end,” said Mr. Alkatiri in the Fretilin press conference on Thursday (24/1) in Hotel Timor, Dili.

Mr. Alkatiri also said that Fretilin has proposed to the Secretary-General of United Nations Ban Ki-Moon during a visit in December that Fretilin should have a high level place in solving the problems of the country.

“Those problems include security, justice, Reinado, the petitioners, IDPs, public administration reform, and the reform and restructure of the F-FDTL and PNTL,” said Mr. Alkatiri. (TP)

LDP, asking PR to dissolve the Task Force The Progressive Democratic League (LDP) has joined other political parties in asking the Prime Minister José Ramos-Horta to dissolve the current Task Force on Reinado and establish a new one with new and independent members.

The Spokesperson of LDP Hermenegildo Lopes ‘Kupa’ said that the current Task Force is politically influenced.

LDP is asking President Ramos-Horta to dissolve the current one a form a new one with members who are not politically influenced. (TP and DN)

Alfredo’s CD, evidence to make down PM Xanana

Fretilin is now considering a video featuring Reinado, shown in the Dili District Court yesterday, as evidence that will remove the current Government.

Fretilin considers that the allegations contained within the video are the same as those made by Vicente ‘Railos’ against Mari Alkatiri that forced the former Prime Minister to resign from his position in 2006.

“It’s clear that Reinado’s video is evidence for Fretilin, as Railos’ video became evidence to force Alkatiri to resign, both allegations are the same,” said President of Fretilin Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo in Hotel Timor, Dili.

However, Fretilin has expressed concern that the Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro has ignored Reinado’s allegation for the reason that it is too political.

Mr. Lu-Olo said that when Fretilin was in Government, all NGOs and independent institutions screamed for justice, but when injustice occurs, nobody in the current government says a thing. (TP)

Ana Pessoa, leaders should have principles of the truth

The Fretilin Member of the National ParliamentAna Pessoa said leaders have to adhere to principles’ of truth to solve the current problems of Timor-Leste.

“The nation’s problems, such as, Reinado and the Petitioners, IDPs and other development problems will be solved positively when all the institutions and leaders of the nation, including Fretilin sit together and find cohesion,” said Ms. Pessoa on Thursday (24/1) in the National Parliament in Dili. (DN)

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

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