Subject: Daily Media Review 22 Feb 08
Friday, 22 February 2008
UNMIT – MEDIA MONITORING
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National Media Reports
TVTL News Coverage
FBI agents meet PGR: The General Prosecutor of the Republic (PGR) Longuinhos Monteiro held a briefing with delegates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday (21/2). "The FBI delegation will be working together with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). I have briefed them on the mechanisms they should use while working in Timor-Leste," said PGR Monteiro. PGR Monteiro also said that the continuing presence of the FBI and AFP in Timor-Leste is contingent on upon decisions made by the Public Ministry. (TP)
RTL News Coverage SRSG meets Alkatiri: The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Atul Khare, has met with Fretilin's Secretary-General, Mari Alkatiri, to share information with each other. "Mr Khare used to come here every Wednesday to share and receive information from myself, the President, Prime Minister and the National Parliament President. Sometimes he meets me twice a week," said Mr. Alkatiri.
Mr Alkatiri also claimed that the government is late in providing information to the public as to the motives behind Reinado's attack on the residence of PR Ramos-Horta.
"It has caused a big confusion as until now we know nothing about what happened. Why was Alfredo killed? Who killed him? And why did Alfredo go to the PR's residence? Who is behind all of this? There is still no clarification about all these issues," said Mr. Alkatiri.
PNTL welcomes community criticisms: The Acting Commander of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) has said that criticisms from the community regarding PNTL activities are welcome because they motivate the PNTL to behave more professionally. "All criticisms motivate the PNTL," said Commander Mateus. Commander Mateus also said that as the nation is in a fragile condition, constructive criticism and suggestions were needed to ensure professionalism was maintained by the police.
Horta recovering: President José Ramos-Horta is in a stable condition in the Darwin Royal Hospital and has recovered enough to begin talking to family members and visitors. "According to the doctors, the President still requires treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) room for one or two more weeks," reported Paulino Quintas from the Royal Darwin Hospital.
Print Coverage Irish Minister appeals for dialogue, not force: The Foreign Minister of Ireland, Mermot Aherm, has asked the State of Timor-Leste to use dialogue, rather than military force to solve the nation's problems. "One person alone cannot find a solution to the conflict. There should be unity between all parts of the nation to create peace and stability," said Minister Aherm. The Irish Foreign Minster also said that as a new nation, Timor-Leste would need some time create long lasting peace and harmony. (TP)
Government asks President to extend 'State of Emergency': The Government is set to ask the President of the Republic to extend the 'State of Emergency' during the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Thursday (21/2) in the Government Palace in Dili. According to the Government, the situation remains calm, but the groups that attacked PR Ramos-Horta and PM Xanana are still at large. (TP)
Decision to extend UNMIT made this month: The Spokesperson of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), Allison Cooper, said that the decision to extend the current mandate of UNMIT will be made this month. "The Security Council has held a meeting to look at the report of the progress made by UNMIT. This will take time to analyze, but before the 28th of this month, the result of decision to extend will be made," said Ms. Cooper on Thursday (21/2) in her office in UNMIT HQ in Obrigado Barracks Caicoli, Dili. (DN)
Guterres: NP to give amnesty to Salsinha: The Acting President of the National Parliament, Vicente Guterres, said that amnesty will be provided to Salsinha and his group upon their surrender to ensure that their rights are protected. (DN)
ICI: UNMIT has no formal request: The Spokesperson of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), Allison Cooper, said that there has been no formal request from the Government of Timor-Leste for UNMIT to establish an International Commission of Inquiry (ICI) as stated publicly by the media.
"Regarding the ICI, UNMIT has had no formal request. People are aware that the Acting President and the F-FDTL Commander are also talking about establishing an ICI, but there has been no formal request made to UNMIT to do so," said Ms. Cooper on Thursday (21/2) in UNMIT HQ in Obrigado Barracks Caicoli, Dili. (DN)
TMR: PR Ramos needs to get back to TL: The F-FDTL Commander Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak said that he believes President José Ramos-Horta should get back to Timor-Leste as soon as possible to assume his position as the President of the Republic and the Supreme Commander of F-FDTL.
"I just want to say that as the condition of our President is improving, I need him to get back to Timor-Leste quickly," said Commander TMR on Thursday (21/2) in Palacio das Cinzas Caicoli, Dili after briefing the Acting President of Republic Fernando 'Lasama' de Araujo. (DN)
Mari Alkatiri: "Government late in giving information": Former Prime Minister and Secretary-General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, has claimed that the government is late in providing information to the public as to the motives behind Reinado's attack on the residence of PR Ramos-Horta.
"It has caused a big confusion as until now we know nothing about what happened. Why was Alfredo killed? Who killed him? And why did Alfredo go to PR's residence? Who is behind all of this? There is still no clarification about all these issues," said Mr. Alkatiri on Wednesday (20/2) in Farol, Dili after meeting with the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister, Dermot Ahern.
Separately, regarding the meeting with SRSG Atul Khare, Mr. Alkatiri said that the meeting was a regular meeting held between the SRSG, the PR and PM, himself and others. (DN)
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