Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 23 July 2008

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

PNTL dialogue on 2006 crisis- TVTL

The State Secretary of Security Francisco Guterres said yesterday that the command of PNTL will hold a dialogue with PNTL members next week who were involved in the 2006 crisis including those who sided with Alfredo Reinaldo.

Court authorizes Railos to get medical treatment – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

The Court has authorised the suspension of the prison sentence for Railos for a period of two months in which he is to receive medical attention. This authorisation was based on recommendations made by Railos’ lawyer.

Fretilin accuses Lasama of making dictatorship – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

Fretilin MP Aniceto Guterres has accused the National Parliament of impartiality in leading the plenary session as it advantages only the AMP Government. Fretilin said that according to the parliament’s discussion laws, it takes three days before approval can be granted. However, the NP is currently only taking two days and is forcing the session to vote.

PM ready to respond to corruption allegations in court – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has asked all those who have accused him and the Government of corruption to provide evidence of such corruption to the courts. The PM said that since the last election, there have been many examples of corruption accusations levelled at the Government by Fretilin through the Provedor of the Human Rights and Justice (PDHJ).

Timor-Leste to not import rice: in more three years – Diario Nacional

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has guaranteed that there will be no need to import rice in three more years as local food production will greatly increase. PM said that currently, the people had to rely on imported products, but that this would end by 2009.

War games prepare Navy for emergency- ABC, 23 July

The Royal Australian Navy says a simulated disaster response exercise off the coast of Darwin over the next few weeks will help create an emergency response system with Australia's neighbouring countries.

Exercise Kakadu will run for the next two weeks in the Timor Sea.

Ships from nine countries are docked in Darwin while more than 2,000 Australian and overseas navy personnel will take part.

Exercise director Captain Phillip Spedding says the drill will foster the forces' ability to band together in times of crisis.

"This really is one of our biggest engagement exercises or activities in the region for the year," he said.

"So the regional engagement part is an important outcome we seek.

"And then we try to, within that engagement activity, conduct maritime operations to try and improve our ability to work together."

Captain Spedding says Exercise Kakadu allows naval personnel from countries including Australia, Singapore and Japan the chance to work together and set up emergency response procedures.

"We'll work through such things like how would we go about a collective response to a humanitarian assistance or some form of disaster relief," he said.

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

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