Subject: Daily Media Review 20 March 08

Thursday, 20 March 2008

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Ramos-Horta appeals to Salsinha and his group to surrender: PR José Ramos-Horta has said it's time for Salsinha and his group to surrender in order to contribute to the stability of the nation. "To Mr. Salsinha and his group, please surrender and submit your weapons," said PR Horta.

TMR appeals to people to report abuses: F-FDTL Commander Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak is encouraging members of the public to report any cases of abuse committed by the Joint Operation.

"We are ready to receive any reports from any of the victims if they have been tortured by the soldiers, so that the cases can be investigated and not just publicized through the media," said TMR on Wednesday (19/3) at Palacio da Cinzas, Dili.

RTL News Coverage Horta appeals to F-FDTL and PNTL to guarantee nation's security: PR José Ramos-Horta has appealed to the F-FDTL and the PNTL to cooperate together to guarantee the security of the country. The President said that crises within these institutions impacts gravely on civilians. "I ask the F-FDTL and PNTL to continue working hand in hand. The 2006 crisis was caused by these two institutions. Some escaped with weapons and they were killing each other. This should not happen again. Timor-Leste is only one. Not two or three. There is no west and east. Those who use west and east to divide Timor-Leste are those who do not want peace in this country," said PR Horta.

PR Horta also thanked the state, government and international agencies in Timor-Leste who prayed for his recovery.

PR Ramos-Horta appeals to Salsinha and his group to surrender: President Ramos-Horta has appealed to Salsinha and his group to surrender to the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation. He said that if they did not surrender, they would lose their rights. "If we want to kill or hurt people and burn houses, we lose everything. So I ask Mr. Salsinha and his members to submit themselves along with their weapon to face justice. The only way for them is surrender," said PR Horta.

Print Coverage Fretilin does not accept State of Siege: One of the members of the Fretilin party, Fransisco Miranda Branco, said Fretilin party's members did not vote for the Stage of Siege which has been approved by the AMP in the National Parliament because of the negative impact it will have on the liberty of people.

"Fretilin members will not vote for the extension of the "State of Siege" to a "State of Emergency" because it will have a huge impact on the nation's economy and reduce citizens' fundamental liberties," said Branco on Wednesday (19/3) in the National Parliament, Dili.

However, the Fretilin party is continuing their support for the Apprehension Operation which is being carried out by the PNTL and F-FDTL. (STL)

Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak asks people to report their cases to the police: The Apprehension Operation's General-Commander, Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak, said people should report their cases to the police if they are abused by soldiers so that the commander can take action.

"We are ready to receive any reports from any of the victims if they are tortured by the soldiers, so that the cases can be investigated, not just to publicized thorough the media," said Matan Ruak on Wednesday (19/3) at Palacio da Cinzas, Dili. (STL)

In the eyes of the National Parliament, PNTL are not Professional: In the eyes of members of the National Parliament, PNTL are not professional. Therefore, the National Parliament has recommended that the United Nations provide more training for the PNTL so that they can become more professional.

The recommendation was made during the meeting with a group of experts from the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Meanwhile, the first Vice-Acting President of the National Parliament, Maria Paixao, said to the journalists that during the meeting, the members of National Parliament also asked members of the United Nations Police from 41 countries in Timor Leste to respect East Timorese traditions.

"It is not easy for the people of 41 countries in Timor Leste to understand and respect the culture of Timor-Leste. Therefore as representatives of the Timorese in the National Parliament, we ask the United Nations to train them before they enter the country," said Paixao on Wednesday (19/3) in the National Parliament, Dili. (STL)

Fretilin does not accept the State of Siege: One of the members of the Fretilin party, Fransisco Miranda Branco, said Fretilin party's members did not vote for the Stage of Siege which has been approved by the AMP in the National Parliament because of the negative impact it will have on people's liberty. "Fretilin members will not vote for the extension of "State of Siege" to "State of Emergency" because it will have a huge impact on the nation's economy and reduce citizens' fundamental liberties," said Branco on Wednesday (19/3) in the National Parliament, Dili. However, the Fretilin party is continuing their support for the Apprehension Operation which is being carried out by the PNTL and F-FDTL. (STL)

Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak asks Salsinha to follow past examples: The Apprehension Operation's General-Commander, Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak, has asked former Lieutenant Gastao Salsinha to follow the good examples set in the past during his struggles against the Indonesian occupation. TMR said that Salsinha should believe that his only course is to surrender. These comments were made as Salsinha escaped another apprehension attempt. TMR has said that the Apprehension Operation is aware of where they are currently hiding.

"Progress is underway and we hope this will continue and hopefully he will come down to face justice," said TMR on Wednesday (19/3) at Palacio da Cinzas, Dili. (TP)

Julio Pinto has accused foreigners of meddling in national politics: The State Secretary for Defence, Julio Pinto, has said that government has a list of people who have meddled in the country's internal politics. Mr Pinto said that he is currently trying to find more information on these foreigners. "We already have a list. Now we are trying to find more information on these foreigners who are involved in the political situation in Timor Leste so that they can be submitted for an investigation," said Mr Pinto. (TP)

National News Sources: Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Timor Post (TP) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Nacional (DN)

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