Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - July 1, 2008

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]


(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

National Media Reports

Ramos-Horta: early election, if people are not happy – Timor Post and Suara Timor Lorosa’e

President José Ramos-Horta said there is no reason to have an early election as the nation is going well and people are happy with the Alliance Majority in Parliament’s (AMP) Government.

“It is a subject that I am not thinking about right now as the nation is going well. If the Government is not working well then there should be a new election for the government,” said PR Horta in Farol, Dili.

Commenting on criticism that there is corruption in the AMP Government, PR Horta said that such criticism was also raised about the previous Government. According to PR Horta, PM Xanana is dedicated to Timor-Leste and will establish an anti-corruption commission in Timor-Leste.

Carrascalao: supports Xanana to debate with Alkatiri – Diario Naciional

President of Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mario Viegas Carrascalão has given his total support to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão for a public debate with the former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri about the accusation of corruption, collusion and nepotism (CCN).

“If I were the Prime Minister, I would accept to have the debate with Alkatiri as it is good for the public to know whether it is right of wrong it depends on Prime Minister Xanana, he accepts or not,” said Mr. Carrascalão on Monday (30/6) in the National Parliament.

Mr. Carrascalão said that he supports the debate.

“If people accuse us, it is better to open ourselves and defend our position rather than keeping quiet then others will say that we recognize our guilt,” added Mr. Carrascalão.

Mari Alkatiri: received Good Governance Award in Lisbon – Diario Nacional

Although the former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri does not want to “show-off” about the award he received, the President of KOTA, Manuel Tilman announced that the Mr Alkatiri was awarded with a Good Governance Award in Lisbon.

“I was present when the Secretary-General of Fretilin was awarded with a Good Governance Award in Lisbon. The hall was full with important persons in Portugal,” said Mr. Tilman in a press conference held in Dili.

However, Mr. Alkatiri’s remained quiet and only said that the international community recognizes the petroleum funds of Timor-Leste.

“I do not want to say that I got the award because others will say that I also got money. I just want to say that Timor-Leste has recognition from the international community on the law of petroleum funds,” said Mr. Alkatiri.

UNMIT awards medals to 141 GNR – Diario Nacional

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) through its Special Representative of Secretary-General (SRSG) Atul Khare awarded medals to 141 officers of Formed Police Unit (FPU) from Portugal (GNR) on Monday (30/6) in the Headquarter of GNR in Caicoli, Dili.

The award medals directly assisted by President Ramos-Horta, Minister of Justice Lucia Lobato, ISF Commander James Baker, Acting Police Commissioner Juan Carlos Arevalo and the Director of Police Academy of PNTL Carlos Geronimo.

“I want to congratulate the GNR members who provided security in critical [time] after the attempt of February 11. I just want to think back that as a police, should be critical to guarantee security and guarantee the security for the leaders,” said SRSG Khare.

Separately, the Commander of GNR João Martinho said that the awarded medals are very important and special to the 141 GNR members to think and continue dedicate their services for the peace.

The overall security situation in the country remains calm when GNR with the people maintain the security in the country.

Commander Martinho also said that GNR is also providing academic formation to PNTL during three months about tactics in taking anticipation to the law and order.

PSD-CNRT: not preoccupied with Xavier’s decision – Timor Post

The AMP bench, including ASDT in the National Parliament, stated that they are not preoccupied with the statement of ASDT President Francisco Xavier do Amaral who feels sorry in forming AMP and supporting an early election.

ASDT’s Chief of bench João Manuel Carrascalão stated that the position of the ASDT in the National Parliament is clear; to support the AMP.

“As we all know that we continue to support the AMP as many things have gone well.

It is too early to judge that AMP is doing nothing and I don’t agree with what is said by our president [Mr. Xavier],” said Mr. Carrascalão.

At the same time, the President of PSD Mario Viegas Carrascalão said that his party is not worried with the decision of the ASDT president about a deadline to the AMP Government.

Ed: Xavier’s reason to give deadline to Govt is unclear – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

ASDT President Francisco Xavier do Amaral has given a deadline to the Government to improve its political plan in two months and resolve the problems of the county.

At the same time Fretilin President Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo also said that his party will shout at the Government that using money with no direction is not using money for people.

“The political statement of the leaders of these two parties is very strong but when we analyze deeply the statements have no clear reason.

Yes, the majority of the people are still suffering and this condition is not created by the AMP Government but is continuation from the past; AMP’s Government does not add poverty and suffering for the people.”

Investigation of PDHJ: no indication of corruption in the Ministry of Justice – Diario Nacional

The investigation which was undertaken by Provider of Human Rights and Justice proved that there is no corruption in the Ministry of Justice.

With reference to the allegation of corruption by the Provider of Human Rights against the Ministry of Justice, Lucia Lobato stated there should be an urgent investigation undertaken.

Lobato said that when the result of the investigation does not indicate any corruption she will react against the Provider of Human Rights. In response to this statement, Provider Sebastião Dias Ximenes said Minster Lucia Lobato has no competency to act against him because it was not Provider of Human Rights making the allegation. He added that Minister of Justice should act against the media and those who report the case because they got the report from media and some other sources.

Luis: no transparency of replacing Baucau District Administrator – Diarioo Nacional

The District Administrator of Baucau Luis Aparicio Guterres a plan by the Ministry of State to nominate another person to substitute him is not transparent because Minister of State does not keep his promise.

On 10 June 2008 the Ministry of State sent him a letter to discharge him from his position as district administrator.

In relation to this, Aparicio said it is hard to abandon his position because he really loves this nation and young people of Baucau, but as a civil servant he has to accept the decision from Ministry of State.

According to Mr Guterres, there is no transparency from the Minister of State Arcangelo Leite because on 29 May 2008 when he was inaugurated, the Minister stated he fully supported him.

University in TL to be accredited in next week – Diario Nacional

The Minister of Education, Joao Cancio Freitas said yesterday in Liceu that universities in Timor Leste which fulfil the criteria will be credited this week.

According to Joao once arrangements have been finalised, the results of universities that qualify will be announced at a press conference by the Prime Minister.

At the same time, Joao Cancio appealed to all parents and students, especially those who are studying at a secondary school, to enrol at the qualifying university. He added that ministry of education does not forbid the students to enrol at any university but they have to see whether the university is qualified or not.

Lu-Olo: Fretilin’s flags rose until an early election – Timor Post

The president of Fretilin Lu-Olo confirmed that the Fretilin flags flying across the country shows the negative sentiment of communities against the AMP government.

“An early election must be conducted because the majority of communities are unhappy. The AMP does not know how to govern, they have no programs, no plan and no projects”.

Lu-olu said said it is not true that young people are paid $50 for each flags.

James Baker: ISF to continue work with PNTL and UNPol – Timor Post

The FSI commander James Baker said after attending the medal ceremony for the UN’s GNR that the ISF will cooperate with UNPol and PNTL to maintain law and order in Timor-Leste.

“We have sent our soldiers to every district so we hope that with our presence may contribute to peace, stability, prosperity and success in this state”.

Baker added “after 11 February attack the situation is under control, not only because of the the PNTL, UNPol and the ISF cooperation, but because of good and strong contribution from the societyl,” he said.

UNPol handover responsibility: PNTL ready to take over security responsibility – Timor Post

The commander-designate of PNTL Afonso de Jesus yesterday said “PNTL are ready to follow their duties to set security to secure this state.

“If UNPol will handover their duties for us (PNTL), but I (Afonso) ask to UNPol that before handover their mission they need to pay attention to some districts that still suffer from violence – it is tthere where the PNTL still needs to be accompanised by UNPol”.

The PNTL still faces some problems about lack of logistics, places, and transportation but as Timorese we try to cooperate with the government to strengthen the security for this state.

Every problem that the PNTL faces, such as transport and equipments is temporary; in 2009 the government will approve funds to complete it,” said Afonso.

International Media Reports


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