Subject: Daily Media Review 29 Feb 08

Friday, 29 February 2008


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National Media Reports TVTL News Coverage

PM: those who submit weapons are acting in good conscience: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said that he believes that those members of Salsinha's group who have already surrendered have shown commitment to peace and are acting in good conscience. The PM has also given his gratitude to the petitioners and former veterans who handed in their weapons to the F-FDTL and PNTL Joint Operation. The PM has appealed to Salsinha and Susar's group to surrender either to the State or the Church.

6 rebels surrender: Six members of Susar's group surrendered to the F-FDTL and PNTL Joint Operation on Thursday (28/2) in Memorial Hall, Dili. The six men were led by Bernardo da Costa 'Cris', a veteran from Manatuto. The group also surrendered one AK-33.

"The nation's problems should be solved by mouth, not with weapons as weapons always provoke war,"said Mr da Costa in Memorial Hall, Dili. "This weapon belongs not to me and my parents; it is the nation's weapon," he said.

RTL News Coverage Brazilian Govt welcomes UNMIT extension: The Government Brazil has welcomed the decision of the Security Council to extend UNMIT mandate in Timor-Leste to February 29, 2009.

Print Coverage Rebels may surrender to leaders: The Joint Operation of the F-FDTL and PNTL has asked rebels to submit themselves to leaders or organizations they trust, if they do not wish to surrender themselves to the Joint Operation. The Joint Operation forces are currently spread around the country and are urging rebels to surrender. (STL)

No consensus between Fretilin and Govt over IICI: The issue of whether to establish an International Independent Commission of Inquiry (IICI) is still creating controversy between the Government and the opposition parties of Fretilin, KOTA and PPT. Government members are arguing that an IICI may be established once the investigations being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Australian Federal Police end. "They [FBI/AFP] are still working. There will be overlap if we create another commission so soon to do similar work," said Pedro da Costa, an AMP member in the NP.

Fretilin is instead arguing that an IICI is imperative as all parts of civil society are calling for one to be established. "The idea (of creating IICI) is coming from parts of civil society, political parties, PR Ramos-Horta and Commander TMR. They all want to discover the truth," said Francisco Branco, Fretilin MP. (TP)

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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