Subject: Daily Media Review 10 April 2008

Thursday, 10 April 2008

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National Media Reports TVTL News Coverage

Prime Minister inspects President's residence: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has inspected the residence of PR Ramos-Horta in Metiaut, Dili. During the inspection, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak and other Government officers. They were welcomed by the Horta's brother, Arsenio Horta, on Tuesday (8/4). The inspection was intended to uncover the chronology of events on February 11.

RTL News Coverage

Horta gives total support to investigators: The Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro has said that President José Ramos-Horta is totally supporting the investigations into the events of February 11. Mr. Monteiro said that he had informed the President on the progress of the investigation, including on the evidence gathered to date. He said that the briefing satisfied the President.

Lasama: State to use force against Salsinha: Acting President Fernando Lasama de Araujo said that that the state will use military force to resolve the problem of Salsinha. The Acting President said that the use of force will ensure that Salsinha and his men surrender immediately. He also said that the State would bear the responsibility for any criticisms towards the Joint Operation Command.

Print Coverage

Fretilin asks AMP to be humble: Fretilin MP Estanislau Aleixo da Silva has said that the Government should humble itself by seeking contributions from all Timorese people to solve the problems of the country. "As we have seen, the problems of the IDPs and the petitioners have become national issues. But the government has not thought to ask the people how they think the problems can be solved," said Mr. da Silva on Wednesday (09/04) in National Parliament. (DN)

Alkatiri-Carrascalão: people still need Horta to lead TL: The Secretary General of Fretilin Party, Mari Alkatiri, and the President of Social Democratic Party, Mario Carrascalao, have said that their political parties do not want the President Jose Ramos Horta to resign from his role as President as the people of Timor-Leste still need him. "Fretilin does not want the president resign from his role, however he should know his condition, how?" said Mr. Alkatiri.

Mr. Alkatiri also added that he did not personally believe that the President would resign. (DN)

Ramos-Horta asks PGR to further investigate February 11:During the visit of Prosecutor General Longuinhos Monteiro to the President on Monday (7/4/00) in Darwin, Australia, President Jose Ramos-Horta called on the Public Ministry to further investigate the events of February 11. "The explanation and information that I presented to the President was based on the facts uncovered from the investigation. The President was delighted and supports us in continuing to investigate the case further." said Mr. Longuinhos. (TP)

US: State of Timor-Leste has been very patient: The US Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Hans Klemm, has observed that since the events of February 11, the State of Timor-Leste has shown great patience towards the rebel group led by the fugitive Gastao Salsinha. "I think the Government of Timor-Leste has showed great patience since assassination attempt of February 11," said Mr. Klemm when he visited the Timor Post office on Wednesday (09/04) in Mandarin, Dili. (TP)

Arsenio denies involvement with Alredo: Respondign to rumours, Fretilin MP Arsenio Bano has denied that he had any contact or relations with Alfredo Reinado Alves. Mr Bano called on the Prosecutor General to resign from his role as he had made contact with Alfredo Reinado and his men. (STL)

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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