Subject: TIMOR LESTE NEWS March 24, 2010

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Local and International - For March 24, 2010

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National News’ Headings:

*TL appointed its first defense attaché to Indonesia *Pension law is not seriously debated by the Parliamentarians: MP Noe *HAK calls for the Government to capacitate National Police officers *National Parliament calls for Horta not to comment over Greater Sunrise *Parliamentary will discus the report of Parliamentarian Inquire Committee *Deputy PM Guterres: “Govt will continue supporting press freedom in the country” *Oliveira: “L-7”’s declaration will not affect on the court decision” *Handing security responsibility by the UN Police to the PNTL is postponed *Guterres: “Ninja gangs’ appearance in Watucarbau is a rumor only” *PNTL will not stop operation in hunting ninja gangs: Monteiro *PST ask money from local residents illegally *PM Gusmão calls for police officer who fails not to upset *Parliamentary approve law for domestic violence *PM Gusmão: “Woodside Company has forgotten the future option” *MP Nascimento calls for Deputy PM Carrascalão to resign from the post *Lasama calls for Fretilin Movement to register they party *Afaloikai resident urge State Secretary for Security to set up new post in their area

National News:

*TL appointed its first defense attaché to Indonesia

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste has appointed Lieutenant Colonel Alberto dos Santos as its defense attaché to be posted at the Embassy of Timor-Leste to Indonesia Monday, hoping to establish better defense cooperation with Indonesian Armed Forces, its former occupying forcer.

Timor-Leste’s Defense Force Commander Major General Taur Matan Ruak said that despite of past bitterness Timor-Leste and Indonesia agreed last year to have cooperation in the areas of maritime security, border security and military training.

“Despite of our past bitterness, we agreed to have cooperation in the areas of maritime security, border security and military training,” said General Matan Ruak.

Secretary of State for Defense Júlio Tomás Pinto said that with the appointment of the first defense attaché to Indonesia there will be better defense cooperation with Indonesia to develop the Timorese defense force.

“We think that we have important relationship with Australia and Indonesia and particularly with Indonesia we share land border so it is important to have a defense attaché to help coordinating the border problems,” said Secretary Pinto.

He also added that in the future Timor-Leste will send more defense attachés to other countries that play important roles in developing the country’s defense force.

The farewell party was also attended by Special Representative of the Secretary General to Timor-Leste Ms. Ameerah Haq and state dignitaries.

*Pension law is not seriously debated by the Parliamentarians: MP Noe

*Radio Timor-Leste, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Arão Noe from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) has said that the Parliamentarians have not seriously debate the proposed law presented by the Alliance benches to amend pension law for the ex-Government officials.

MP Noe said that the content of the proposed law is about the amendment of the monthly pension payment for the retired Government officials.

MP Noe added that actually the ex-Governments officials should not be paid as the actual Government’s officials. And therefore the Alliance party present proposal to the Parliament to amend the law as it has no much benefit and will effect to the country’s economic growth.

*HAK calls for the Government to capacitate National Police officers

*Radio Timor-Leste, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Human Right Association (HAK) Vice Director, Edio Saldanha has called for the Government to better professionalize the Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers.

Saldanha made the comment following some national police officers had carried out their task unprofessionally, particularly in responding to a case.

Saldanha added that the National Police officers had sometimes breach the law in responding case such as the recent operation on ninja gangs in Bobonaro and Kovalima districts, Delta Nova shot and maltreatment against Leo Chomacose a resident of Atauro Island.

Saldanha also said that it was important to the police officers to know ethic code use to approach or respond a case.

*National Parliament calls for Horta not to comment over Greater Sunrise

*Timor Newsline, March 23, 2010

The Timorese Parliamentary members have called for President Jose Ramos Horta not to make any comments over negotiation process of the Timor Sea’s Greater Sunrise Gas and oil field between the Timorese and Australian Governments.

The MPs said it was better for the president to be quiet and not to comment; otherwise he would create confusion in the negotiation process of building pipelines to Timor-Leste.

The Democratic Party MP, Adriano do Nacimento and Fretilin MP, Jose Texeira said the recent comments made by the President Horta was like an impediment to the all people’s hopes of building pipelines of the Greater Sunrise’s gas and oil field to the country.

“We are very concerned about the president’s recent comments due to it could give Australia opportunity to build pipelines to that country,” Nacimento said

MP Texeira said the president’s comments were unacceptable to him as saying that gas and oil field exploration through a floating platform would benefit the country.

Texeira stressed that the country would not get benefits from the floating plant, but it would be lose of all its natural resources.

“I think the president has no good knowledge about process of exploration of the Greater Sunrise,” Texeira said.

Texeira who was the minister for natural resources and mineral added that issue of the Greater Sunrise’s Gas and field was national interest; therefore all entities of the country including civil society should fight for the process to build the pipelines to Timor-Leste

“I am wondering if Horta has made an agreement with the Austrlian’s Woodside Company. But should think that the Greater Sunrise’s future of the country,” He stressed.

Meanwhile, a researcher from NGO Lao Hamutuk, Charles Scheiner said the Timorese and Australian Governments would debate on where to build the pipelines and the project would stop.

Scheiner stressed that there were three options for exploring the Greater Sunrise; building the pipelines to Australia, the building pipelines to Timor-Leste or making a floating exploration platform.

Scheiner stressed that technically the decision of exploring the Greater Sunrise would be made by the operator.

“The operator will choose one of the options mentioned if the two governments do not reach any agreement and are firmly to defend their own position,” He added.

He added that the President Horta’s recent comments could be right if the Timorese and Australian Governments stood firmly to defend each position, better to create floating exploration in the Timor Sea, so that these two countries could get benefit from the Greater Sunrise.

President José Ramos Horta told the local newspapers that the best way of resolving the issue of Greater Sunrise was to take a middle ground by having a floating platform as it would also beneficial to Timor-Leste.

“It depends on the Government’s negotiators to take care of the issue and I look forward to being briefed on the issue however it they decide that to have a floating platform in the Sea, it is still beneficial to Timor-Leste,” said the head of the state.

According to Horta, Shell Company, an investor in the development of Sunrise’s oil and gas has suggested that having a floating platform in the Timor Sea is beneficial to Timor-Leste.

Years ago the Timorese Government made a contract with Malaysian prominent petroleum company, Petronas to hold feasibility study on the Timor Sea.

Findings of the study showed that the Greater Sunrise gas and field pipelines was possible to be built to Timor-Leste because it was only about 200 km away from the country rather than to Darwin which was about 700 km away from the Timor Sea.

*Parliamentary will discus the report of Parliamentarian Inquire Committee

*Timor Post, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary President Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo, has said that the Parliamentary will discus deeply the report of the Parliamentary Inquire Committee about indication of corruption appear in the process of purchasing rice.

Lasama said it was important to discus the report deeply as he did not want corruption to be appeared in the country.

“The corruption, collusion and nepotism should not appear in the country. All things that breached the law should be processes legally based on the rule or law,” Lasama said.

Meanwhile, MP Maria de Carvalho from Democratic Party (PD) who is a member of the Parliamentarian Inquire Committee, has said that they were late to submit report as the time for them to make the report was too limited.

*Deputy PM Guterres: “Govt will continue supporting press freedom in the country”

*Timor Post, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues, José Luis Guterres, has said that the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government would continue support the press freedom in the country.

Deputy PM Guterres made the comment following the Council of Ministries will discus resolution for social communication today.

He also called for the journalists to be optimist that the Government will continue supporting them, although he [Guetrres] had not read the resolution.

“You the journalist should optimist that the press freedom will not end in the country as the Government will continue supporting the journalist to get access press freedom in Timor-Leste,” Deputy PM Guterres said.

Deputy PM Guterres also said that it was important to support the journalists to cover the news freely as it helpful to the Government to appear transparency and combating corruption.

*Oliveira: “L-7”’s declaration will not affect on the court decision”

*Timor Post, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Judicial System and Monitoring Program (JSMP) Director, Luis de Oliveira Sampaio, has said that the recent statement made by MP Cornelio “L-7” Gama from UNDERTIM would not affect on the court decision made to sentence Frederico “Oank Kiak” Florindo and Alberto da Costa Belo to be imprisoned eight and six years respectively.

Oliveira made the comment due to the MP Gama had recently made comment that they (the ex guerillas) would not let Florindo and Belo to be locked up behind the bar.

He added that all the people in the country should subject to the law and order and respect the legal verdict made by the court.

“I think all the Parliamentarians know and understand well the Constitution as the Constitution has guaranteed that the court decision is highest one rather than political decision.

Oliveira also considered the recent statement made by Gama was a political statement only.

*Handing security responsibility by the UN Police to the PNTL is postponed

*Timor Post, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, has said that the United Nations Police has planned to hand over security responsibility to the Timorese National Police (PNTL) in Baucau and Ainaro districts this week, but it was postponed.

“We were discussing the plan for handing over the security responsibility to the National Police, but the United Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Deputy Takahisa Kawakami passed away suddenly, that was why we postpone it, but the plan will realize after some change within the UNMIT,” Guterres said.

Guterres said that the process of handing over security responsibility should go on well with a proper balance of the UN Police and the State Secretary for Security.

He added that the problem of handing over responsibility process should be resolved this month.

*Guterres: “Ninja gangs’ appearance in Watucarbau is a rumor only”

*Timor Post, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, has confirmed that the recent rumors mongered about Ninja gangs in the Watucarbau sub-district was not true as there was no evidence that could prove their existence in the area.

“It is a rumor only, because no one sees that the houses gone on fire are burned by ninja gangs,” Guterres said.

Guterres added that the local polices were now continue hunting those people who had burned the houses in order to make sure that whether they are truly ninja gangs or not.

*PNTL will not stop operation in hunting ninja gangs: Monteiro

*Diário Nacionál, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro, has said that National Police will not stop its operation to hunt ninja gangs in Bobonaro and Kovalima Districts.

Moteiro made the comment regarding the Parliamentarians had calls for the PNTL to stop their operation, because they had held an observation in the Bobonaro and Kovalima districts but there is no ninja and those people detained by the police were the member of the ex-guerilla fighter organization (CPD-RDTL).

Commissioner Monteiro said that they will not stop the operation since there is no command from the Defense and Security Minister to stop the operation.

“It is depend on the Defense and Security Minister if he commands to stop the operation then we stop it,” Monteiro said.

*PST ask money from local residents illegally

*Diário Nacionál, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Domingos Sarmento from Fretilin has said that the leaders of the Timorese Socialist Party (PST) have asked money US$. 5-10,00 illegally from the local resident of Ermera and Hatulia.

“The evidence shows that the PST leaders have asked US$ 5-10.00 from the local residents of Poetete of Ermera district and they promised to residents that the PST will provide solar panel to each people, but in reality that they only distribute 74 solar panels to residents, particularly the PST followers,” MP Sarmento said.

MP Sarmento said that some residents had told him that they had not get solar panel, although they had give US$, 5-10 to the PST leaders.

Sarmento said he concerned with the PST leaders attitude by asking money from the resident.

*PM Gusmão calls for police officer who fails not to upset

*Diário Nacional, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has called for the Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers who had not pass the rank promotion test not to upset as they still have chance.

“President Jose Ramos Horta and I have received claims from those officers who did not pass the test. Just to remind them that they still have chance to attend another promotion test in the future,” PM Gusmão said.

PM Gusmão made the comment regarding the PNTL will promote new rank in the tenth anniversary of the PNTL to the officers who had passed that rank promotion test in moths ago.

*Parliamentary approve law for domestic violence

*Diário Nacional, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary had approved law for domestic violence on last Monday 22nd.

The law was presented by the Government through the State Secretary for Promotion and Gender Equality, Idelta Maria Rodrigues to the Parliament to be discussed and approved.

Rodrigues said that the Government produced this law in order to protect people from domestic violence and to guarantee the victims to get access to the legal assistance, particularly the victims of domestic violence.

“Timor-Leste needs a law that can protect people from domestic violence and those who had engaged in domestic violence should be tried,” Rodrigues said.

*PM Gusmão: “Woodside Company has forgotten the future option”

*Diário Nacional, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said that the Woodside Company has forgotten the future option for new generation.

PM Gusmão made the comment regarding the recent statement made by Woodside Company that they provide two options to the Timorese Government that whether oil and gas pipeline from the Greater Sunrise in the Timor Sea will be built to Timor-Leste or to Australia.

“They have forgotten one option for the next generation. If the pipeline from the Bayu udan had installed to Australia then the pipeline from the Greater Sunrise should be built to Timor-Leste,” PM Gusmão said.

*MP Nascimento calls for Deputy PM Carrascalão to resign from the post

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Adriano Nascimento from the Democratic Party (PD) has called for the Deputy Prime Minister Mario Viegas Carrascalão to resign from his political post as Deputy PM for Management and Public Administration.

MP Nascimento made the calls following the Deputy PM Carrascalão has not put in practice his promise to combat corruption and maladministration emerge within the Government’s institutions.

“I concern with the attitude of Deputy PM Carrascalão, because the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) appointed him to be Deputy PM in order to combat indication of corruption and maladministration appeared at all the governmental levels,” Nascimento said.

MP Nascimento added that it was better for Deputy PM Carrascalão to quit his post rather than made comment but never implement it.

Meanwhile, MP Joaquim Amaral from Fretilin also said that Deputy PM Carrascalão should not made comment only but he should make efforts to search for information about indication of corruption case within the Government’s institutions.

*Lasama calls for Fretilin Movement to register they party

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary President Fernando :Lasama; de Araujo, has called for the Fretilin Movement to register their party as the law has not guarantee any illegal party to exist in the country.

“The Fretilin Movement is depending with the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) so far, but it is better for them to fallow the criteria that they have to register their party before conducting any campaign,” Lasama said.

President Lasama has said that he supported the recent Fretilin statement for prohibiting the Fretilin Movement to use Fretilin’s flag.

Lasama also called for the leaders from Fretilin and Fretilin Movement not to use the power of their followers to threaten each other, otherwise it would emerge bad situation in the country.

Meawhile, Vice President of Fretilin Arsenio Paixão Bano, has said that the Fretilin has not considered the existing of the Fretilin Movement in the country illegally as they are the traitor for Fretilin that depend with another party.

At the same time the Fretilin Movement’s President, Vicente Maubosy, has denied that his party had not dependent with another party so far.

He added that they will not set up new party as their status is still Fretilin member, adding that they decided to appear Fretilin Movement, because they were dissatisfied with the political ideology of the Fretilin leaders during the Fretilin’s National congress in the 2006.

*Afaloikai resident urge State Secretary for Security to set up new post in their area

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The local residents of Afaloikai, Bahatata, and Irabin villages have urged the State Secretary for Security to set up a security post in their area as it was difficult for them to get security assistance from the Timorese National Police (PNTL) to date.

In response to this case, that State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, has said that his department has include the compliment of the residents in their program to set up the post, but he asked for the residents to provide place the Government to build up the post.

“We will set up the post, but the problem is there is no place to build the post and therefore I ask to the residents to provide space of land to build the police post,” Guterres said.

Guterres also called for the Watucarbau sub-district police commander, agent Cornelio Martins and the Administrator, Joaquim Fernandes Soares to hold dialog with the local residents, so that the resident could provide land to build the post.

Meanwhile, Ira Bin Leten’s Chief pf village, Lino Martins, has called for the State Secretary for Security to set up a police post in their area soon, because there were many conflicts had appeared many times in their village, but it was difficult for them to ask security assistance from the police to respond that case. .

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