Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS - For April 9, 2010

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TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Local and International - For April 9, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*45 countries committed to continue support TL *Court freed a defendant of mutilation *PSD president has considered MP’s from PD have not defended AMP’s policy *OJETIL will hold rally due to corruption and social injustice *TL Ambassador to Cuba: “We trust PM Xanana” *Prime Minister Gusmão: “Never allow Zacarias to enter Government Palace” *TL should not be categorized as a fragile state: Fretilin *Partners ready to support F-FDTL: Pinto *Pires: Fragile counties want donors to respect them *Secretary of State Pinto thanks donors for their contribution to TL Defense Force *CNE’s audit team present assessment result of the political parties *GTZ and SEDJ hold steering committee to asses fund allocation for peace *UEUBD concerns about conflict in Baucau *Fretilin considers friction in coalition government is motivated by money

International News’ Headings:

*East Timor prosecutors appeal Pires verdict

National News:

*45 countries committed to continue support TL

*Televizaun Timor-Leste April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

Representatives of 45 countries participating in the Timor-Leste Development Partners’ Meeting in Dili had expressed their commitment to continue providing their support to the Government of Timor-Leste in its efforts to development the country.

Minister of Finance Emília Pires made the statement Thursday during a press conference held at Dili International Convention Center, Dili.

“Today’s meeting was like a new energy for us to go forward in developing our countries because our development partners committed to continuing to support us in our efforts to reduce poverty in Timor-Leste,” said Pires.

Timor-Leste is one of the poorest countries in the world and it is the poorest country in Southeast Asia where its population earns only US$0.88 per day.

Vice Prime Minister for Management of State Administration, Mário Viegas Carrascalão, said that financial assistance from donors could better help the country if there is government’s control of the grant.

“As Prime Minister himself said earlier today, once the assistance is given, they have also their companies, including their own procurement to implement the grant projects,”

He also added that there are corruptions in donors’ aid.

“There are also corruptions in donors’ aid,” he said.

Ministry of Finance has said that the money from the international development partners from 1999 to 2007 reached 3.7 billion.

General Commander of Timor-Leste’s Defense Force Major General Taur Matan Ruak recently questioned why huge international aid failed to reduce poverty in the country.

According to 2007 Timor-Leste Standard of Living Survey, the poverty rate in Timor-Leste in 2007 was 49.9 percent, which is an increase of 13.3 percent from 2001.

*Court freed a defendant of mutilation

*Televizaun Timor-Leste April 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

A court in Suai has decided to give total freedom to Ivan Bere who involved in mutilation case against Emílio Noronha.

The decision of the court outraged the family members of Noronha.

Maria da Costa said that she did not agree with the decision of the court to give total freedom to Ivan Bere who was clearly involved in mutilating his uncle Noronha.

“We as family members of the victim did not agree with the decision of the judge to give total freedom to Ivan Bere who admitted during the hearings that he involved in mutilating my uncle,” said da Costa.

She said that her uncle was mutilated for a case he did not do and therefore the perpetrator should be punished.

Emílio Noronha, 35 years old, was killed and then mutilated by Iven Bere and Daniel Maia on May 5, 2009 in Manequim village of Suai Loro in Kovalima.

According to Bere, Noronha was killed because he had sexually harassed his wife, an allegation that was not proved during the trial process.

The decision of the court was read by judge Renato Bere on March 10, 2010 in which it decided 10 years imprisonment for Daniel Maia and total acquittal to Ivan Bere.

It is not clear whether appeal against the decision has been made by the family members of the victim.

*PSD president has considered MP’s from PD have not defended AMP’s policy

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Zacarias Albano da Costa hás considered the MPs from the Democratic Party (PD) have not defended the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government policy.

“The PD’s MPs have not defended the AMP’s policy as it had shown in the recent election in the parliament for the anti-corruption commission (KAK) leader,” da Costa said.

Da Costa said that his party will continue showing their loyalty to the decision made by the AMP Government in order to serve the Government and the people in the country.

Meanwhile, MP Vital dos Santos from the Democratic Party (PD) had totally denied the political declaration of PSD’s president Zacarias Albano da Costa was falsehood as it had not reflect on reality.

“PD has never against the AMPs policy and the allegation made that PD has not defend the AMP’s policy is falsehood,” MP Dos Santos said.

*OJETIL will hold rally due to corruption and social injustice

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

Secretary General for the University Students Organization (OJETIL), Euladio Faculto, has said that the University students will hold rally to against the Government because of corruption and social injustice case appeared within the Government’s institutions.

Faculto said that the rally will hold by the university students from Universidade de Dili (UNDIL), UNITAL, Universidade National Timor Lorosa’e, (UNTL) and OJETIL members.

Faculto also said that they have collected data and evidences about corruption practices and social injustice and they will present it to the public when they realize rally in May.

“This is an initiative of the University student to prevent and combat corruption and social injustice the appeared within the Government’s institutions in Timor-Leste,” Faculto said.

He added that the recent rank promotion to the Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers was unfair because those officers who had contributed to the country’s liberation were demoted and vise versa.

*TL Ambassador to Cuba: “We trust PM Xanana”

*Diário Nacional April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s ambassador to Cuba Egídio de Jesus has said that Timor-Leste’s ambassadors in foreign countries have their trust in Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and therefore once they got the invitation from Prime Minister to attend the Dili International Dialogue they directly made themselves available for the event.

Ambassador de Jesus also said that he had internal problems with the Minister of Foreign Affairs but he did not know whether there are misunderstanding between Minister Da Costa and Prime Minister Gusmão regarding his presence at the Timor-Leste’s Development Partners’ Meeting.

Prime Minister Gusmão invited every ambassador outside to attend the meeting but Minister Da Costa did not agree with the decision of his boss.

Ambassador Justino Guterres also said that he came to attend the meeting because he was invited by Prime Minister Gusmão but once he informed his intention to come, there was no response from Minister Da Costa.

“It is clear that I am here because I was invited by Prime Minister, and I told my Minister that I was going to Dili but my Minister did not say anything,” said Ambassador Guterres.

Minister Da Costa recently said that he did not tender his resignation to Prime Minister Gusmão as it was blown up in the media.

However, he said that he got a short message via mobile from an adviser of the Prime Minister to tender his resignation to the Prime Minister if he disagreed with him.

He said that it was pity that such exchange was made public to the media by the office of the Prime Minister because he had intention to privately talk with Prime Minister Gusmão on the issue.

According to the Constitution the appointment and dismissal of ambassadors and permanent representatives is under the competence of the President of the Republic. However, it is upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation to guide the works of ambassadors, permanent representatives and special envoys.

*Prime Minister Gusmão: “Never allow Zacarias to enter Government Palace”

*Timor Post, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

A staff from the office of the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said Thursday that Prime Minister Gusmão is furious with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa and therefore he had instructed security guards in the Government Palace not to allow Minister Da Costa enter it.

“PM Gusmão was angry with Minister da Costa’s and he commanded security guards not to let him enter the Government Palace,” the source said.

The unnamed source also confirmed that Minister Da Costa indeed sent an SMS to PM Gusmão, which he later denied, and that the office of Prime Minister is ready to publicize the SMS.

“It is true that Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa sent a short message service to PM Gusmão’s advisor threatening to resign himself from the post,” said the unnamed source.

The source said that Minister da Costa threatened to resign from his post due to his dissatisfaction with the PM Gusmão’s invitation to Timorese ambassadors in order to participate in the Dili International Dialog (DID) which was made without his approval.

The source added that PM Gusmão has called on the Minister da Costa to apologize to PM Gusmão and that if Da Costa failed to do so then he would not be allowed to enter the Palace.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano da Costa denied that he did not send any message to PM Gusmão, but he received an SMS from an adviser to the State Secretary for the Council of Ministers Hemenegildo Pereira in which he was asked to resign from his post.

“As a minister I have the right to talk with PM whether through an SMS or email and I was disappointed with the SMS that I received in which I was instructed me to resign from this post,” Da Costa said.

According to Antoninho Bianco from Fretilin, the unity within the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) is now shaken as the ministers and state secretaries had condescended each another.

*TL should not be categorized as a fragile state: Fretilin

*Timor Post, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Francisco Miranda Branco from Fretilin has said that it is not proper to categorize Timor-Leste as fragile and poor state because it has natural wealth.

“Timor-Leste is not eligible to be categorized as fragile and poor country as we have enough money from oil and gas fund to sustain the country,” Branco said.

He said it was important to the Timorese Government to hold meeting with the other fragile states in order to get some experiences, adding that Timor-Leste should not depend on the other countries because the fund from oil and gas was more than enough to sustain the country.

Meanwhile, MP Arão Noe from the National Congress for the Timorese reconstruction (CNRT) has also said the same things as economically Timor-Leste can independent as the fund of oil and gas support it.

*Partners ready to support F-FDTL: Pinto

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, has said that many countries were ready to provide their support to improve the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) institution through the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government.

“I would like to mention some countries which have provide their support to the F-FDTL institution and those countries are Portugal, China, Australia, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, and so fort,” Pinto said.

Pinto made comment yesterday in his speech marking at the Dili International Dialog (DID).

Pinto said that the Portugal army had provide their support the F-FDTL in the area of technical cooperation, the Australia in the area of Defense Cooperation program, Joint training from the US Army, Infrastructure from Chinese Government, human resource development from the Japanese military academic, training program from the New Zealand army, structure development and the Korean and Indonesian Army were ready to provide their support to the F-FDTL as well in the future.

Pinto added that the Government had set up water authority team in order to cooperate with all states agency in the country to better control Timorese water.

He also thanked the countries which had provided their support to better improve human resources of the F-FDTL institution.

*Pires: Fragile counties want donors to respect them

*Diário Nacional April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

Seven fragile countries that are having its meeting in Dili, Timor-Leste have asked donors to respect their national priorities donors want to help them.

The G7 of the fragile participating countries are Afghanistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Republic Democratic of Congo, Central Africa, Ivory Cost, and Timor-Leste.

In its process of drafting so-called Dili Declaration, the delegates recognize that support from development partners are essential for them in order to develop their countries however there should be flexibility in the assistance provided.

“Donors should be flexible in designing their programs and they should take into consideration conditions of the fragile countries, including its political context, and they should respect these countries national priorities,” said Minister Emília Pires after the meeting.

“We would like to conclude the meeting with a declaration that we need to have dialogue and to share our experiences while we agree that donors, when they grant their assistance, they need to adjust their programs according to our national priorities,” said the Minister of Finance.

She added, “We need to control but in order to control we should have a clear vision that is well reflected in our national priorities and we want our donors to respect our priorities.”

These countries also agree that they need to prioritize certain sectors such as good governance, social and economic development and stability.

Also taking part in the meeting of G7 are delegates from Solomon Islands, Nepal, Liberia, and Republic of South Sudan.

*Secretary of State Pinto thanks donors for their contribution to TL Defense Force

*Diário Nacional April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

Secretary of State for Security Júlio Tómas Pinto has said that he is grateful to the countries such as Portugal, Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan and others who have played crucial roles in developing the country’s Defense Force.

“Certain countries such as Portugal, Australia and China contributed a lot to the development of our Defense Force in the area of infrastructure,” he said.

He added, “Japan helps Timor-Leste’s Defense Force in the provision of human resources by hosting our students at the National Defense Academy of Japan.”

He also mentioned that countries like New Zealand, Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia have provided ample opportunities for our soldiers to be trained by them.

The Secretary of State said that the priority for 2010 is to be focused on the development of marine security which is to be done in tandem with other state institutions to better secure our maritime areas.

*CNE’s audit team present assessment result of the political parties

*Timor Post, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

The National Commission for Election (CNE) audit team has presented a three-month evaluation to the political parties.

The objective of the evaluation was to uncover the party’s patrimonies; moreover it was aimed to uncover the expenditure in order to compare with the finance report.

CNE’s President, Faustino Cardoso, has confirmed that the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government has allocate US$, 1 million to the CNE in order to relocate to the nine political parties such as ASDT, CNRT, Fretilin, KOTA, PD, PSD, PPT, PUN, UNDERTIM.

Cardoso said that based on the law that each political party should submit their receipt expenditure to the CNE so that the CNE analyze it.

“Each political party should submit their expenditure document to the CNE for evaluating it as it has guaranteed by the law,” Cardoso said.

Cardoso added that the result of evaluation for PPT and KOTA parties were not yet to announced as it was still in the evaluation process.

*GTZ and SEDJ hold steering committee to asses fund allocation for peace

*Timor Post, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

The international NGO GTZ had hold Steering Committee with the State Secretary for Youths and Sport to discus about the progress of Fund Allocation for Peace in Timor-Leste.

Fund for Peace coordinator, Fernando da Costa, has said that the meeting was positive as it gives chance to the steering committee members to know progress of the peace fund implementation fro peace projects in the country.

Da Costa said that the steering committee members are compost of eight organizations in which their programs were to hold dialog with the martial art clubs, civic education, radio program and leadership training as they were part of strengthening peace in the country.

“Those program implemented can benefit people, particularly to the youths to better strengthen peace and unity in the country,” da Costa said.

Da Costa said that the programs mentioned above were been conducted in the Ermera, Oecuse and Baucau districts, adding that the Steering Committee had allocate US$, 25 thousand to each group to realize their program.

*UEUBD concerns about conflict in Baucau

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

University Student Association from Baucau District (UEUBD) has concerned about the recent clash took place in Baucau district and therefore they called on the Timorese National Police (PNTL) to take a necessary action to respond to the case as soon as possible.

In a press release that UEUBD had called on the National and United Nations Police in Baucau district to seriously respond to the incident faced by local residents of Baucau.

The UEUBD also called on the national police to undertake their tasks professionally in responding to any conflict in order to guarantee security stability in the country.

*Fretilin considers friction in coalition government is motivated by money

*Diário Nacional April 9, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Antoninho Bianco from Fretilin has said that the issue of loyalty to Prime Minister Gusmão which surfaced to the political domain in Timor-Leste recently is motivated by unequal distribution of the money of the people by parties making up the coalition of the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) led by Prime Minister Gusmão.

“AMP is now fighting each other and does not want to listen to the Prime Minister because their main interest is merely money and they don’t have any interest at all at the common interest of the people and therefore it is obvious that some ministers decide to have their own programs without listening to their Prime Minister because they want to have the money for the program goes into their own pockets,” said Bianco.

MP Lucas da Costa from Democratic Party recently said that some ministers are not loyal to Prime Minister Gusmão following the blowup of the news involving the friction between the office of Prime Minister and Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa.

Minister Da Costa has replied to the statement saying that it is the PD which is not loyal to Prime Minister Gusmão.

Bianco added, “The consequence of the friction within the AMP is that some ministers tend to focus on their parties with their programs and therefore it is hard for the Prime Minister to guide.”

He also said that Prime Minister Gusmão is afraid of taking actions against these ministers because of making the coalition falling apart.

The coalition of the government is made up by five political parties: CNRT, PD, PSD, ASDT, and UNDERTIM.

MP Adérito Hugo da Costa from CNRT, the spokesperson for the coalition, said that the position of ministers is political appointment and therefore if any minister does not want to work with the Prime Minister the door is open for him or her to resign.

He also added that the coalition should work together as a team and therefore the team should not play with short message service (SMS).

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