Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS For April 22, 2010

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Local and International - For April 22, 2010

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National News’ Headings:

*Int’l Conference on Impacts of Corruption to Development held in Dili *PM Gusmão wants Anti-Corruption Commission to contact international specialists *PM Gusmão on the tour to consult new NDP with Timorese *President Horta hold two-week official visit to foreign countries *PM Gusmão dissatisfy with referendum package project in Mehara of Tutuala *Community leaders of Lutem District considers Govt strategic plan of has not involved residents’ ideas *Youth council holds consultation about youth parliament establishment *UNFPA hands over Ambulance car to Suai Referral Hospital *Ximenes call on President not to hurry to give pardon to Salsinha *Illegal weapon in Ermera District, Commissary de Jesus say nothing *Court summon Leandro Izac *Australian donors AUD$, 575, 500 to Timorese people *Parliament will mobilize civilians to combat corruption practices *PNTL support Govt to divulge PDN in districts and sub districts *GS agreement can ended if AMP Govt weak *It is possible to combat corruption in Timor-Leste: Eva Sundari *Commissioner de Jesus: “PNTL will ensure security” *Parliament allow MP Paulo Martins to be testified in the court *Govt will implement additional budget on May *Citizens will continue living under discrimination: MP Borges

National News:

*Int’l Conference on Impacts of Corruption to Development held in Dili

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

A two day international conference on the impacts of corruption to national development is being held at the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dili.

Acting Speaker of the National Parliament, MP Vicente Guterres from CNRT, said Wednesday that the conference was important as a way of sharing international best practices in the area of prevention and eradication of corruption.

“The initiative is very important because we want to have best practices from many parts of the world who share with us their experiences in fighting against corruption,” said Guterres.

He added that though Timor-Leste a new democratic country, it is worth learning from other countries to effectively prevent and control corruption practices which is said to be widespread within government institutions.

During the first day of the conference, there were four international speakers: Mr. John G. William, Secretary General of Global Organization of Parliamentarian Against Corruption (GOPAC), Mrs. Eva Kusuma Sundari from Committee XI of Indonesian Parliament, Prof. Dr. Yohanes Usfunan, a legal drafting adviser to National Parliament, and Dr. Keng Fatt from Singapore’s Corruption Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

The conference was organized by the sub-committee on anti-corruption of Committee C which is in charge of economy, finance, and anti-corruption in cooperation with the Asia Foundation with the funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

According to President of Committee C, MP Manuel Tilman from KOTA, the conference was an outset to start legislating anti-corruption law for Timor-Leste.

To date Timor-Leste does not have any anti-corruption law though certain articles of the Penal Code deal with corruption as ordinary crimes.

Timor-Leste has ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNAC) and it has also established an Anti Corruption Commission.

*PM Gusmão wants Anti-Corruption Commission to contact international specialists

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmão has said Wednesday in Lospalos that the Anti Corruption Commission should outsource international specialists in order to help the commission in its efforts to fight against corruption in Timor-Leste.

According to Prime Minister Gusmão, during a recent meeting with the commissioner and his deputies he suggested the commission to contract international specialists because Timor-Leste has limited human resources.

He also said that in the future there will huge amount of budget to be allocated to the development of infrastructure in the country therefore it is important to secure effective execution of the money for the benefit of the people.

He also said that the commission should not involve in investigating petty corruption such as speedy money or uang rokok which is alleged to have occurred within the Customs Department of Ministry of Finance and Planning.

*PM Gusmão on the tour to consult new NDP with Timorese

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão is now on the tour around 13 districts, including sub-districts, to consult with the local on the newly development National Development Plan.

On the first day of his tour, he was in the district of Lautem.

He told the people that the National Development is part of the 2020 vision in which there will be no one marginalized from decent access to house, road, electricity, and water.

“In 2020 there should be no families deprived from accessing appropriate house, electricity, passable road and clean water,” said Gusmão.

He said the new National Development Plan has to be followed by any political parties wining elections because the plan is the fruit the government elected by the people through innumerable suffering and sacrifice.

He added that the first National Development Plan elaborated in 2001 was not properly implemented and therefore a new Development Plan is needed to fill the gap.

The new National Development Plan was drafted by Prime Minister with his ministers during the period of three months at his residence in Balibar, an area when he was ambushed in February 2008.

*President Horta hold two-week official visit to foreign countries

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

President José Ramos Horta will hold a two-week official visit to Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore.

A press release of the president office said that President Horta will meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Seng and Foreign Affairs Minister Paul Namhong.

Afterwards, President Horta who was accompanied by the Timorese Foreign Affairs Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa will also meet with Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnamese Panjia King and Minister for Commerce and Industry Vu Jiu Whang.

And finally President Horta will meet with the state leaders of Singapore to talk about climate change issues.

*PM Gusmão dissatisfy with referendum package project in Mehara of Tutuala

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said that he dissatisfied with result of referendum package project in Mehara of Tutuala sub district as it completed with lack of quality.

PM Gusmão made the comment yesterday when he held inspection into Police station, basketball court and elementary school of Mehara.

PM Gusmão said that some companies sought for money only but they had not maintained their responsibility to complete the project with a high quality.

“As we can see basketball court over there that it had been completed with undesirable result. Amor Company which managed the project was Amor for money only, because they had not show their Amor “love” to the residents of Mehara,” PM Gusmão said.

He called on the company to better maintain quality of the project in the future, because total amount spent by the Government for that project was more than US$, 400.000.00

*Community leaders of Lutem District considers Govt strategic plan of has not involved residents’ ideas

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Community leaders of Lautem district have considered the Government’s strategic development plan set up by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has not match local residents’ idea.

A community leader, Aurelio Freitas, has said that the Government’s strategic plan was in contradiction with 2020 plan set up by the former Fretilin Government that had involve all idea of civilians.

“PM Gusmão had set up new strategic plan for national development but he had not involved ideas of the residents and it is in contradiction with the plan of the former Fretilin Government,” Freitas said.

*Youth council holds consultation about youth parliament establishment

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The National Youth Council team has held public consultation about law for youth parliament establishment at the youth center hall in Bobonaro.

The objective of the consultation was part of spreading information about election process and how to better organize selection for youth parliament member.

Coordinator for National Youth council of Bobonaro District, Constantino Barros, has said that it was important to consult with youth coordinator in sub district in order to widespread information in the area before the establishment of youth parliament.

*UNFPA hands over Ambulance car to Suai Referral Hospital

*Diário Nacionál, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The United Nations of Asian Population Funds (UNFPA) Representative to Timor-Leste, Pornchai Suchita has officially handed over an ambulance car to the referral hospital in Suai district.

Mr. Suchita said that the UNFPA Regional Director Nobuka Horibe had asked for the UNFPA in the country to provide an ambulance car to Suai referral hospital when he held visit to the country in August 2009.

He added that the car provided can help the medical staffs undertake their work more optimally in the future.

Besides that the UNFPA also provide a specialist of OBGYN to Suai referral hospital, adding that the UNFPA will continue the Timorese Government to better improve health assistance in the country.

“UNFPA will continue supporting the Timorese Government to improve reproductive health as it is a way of reducing mortality number in the country,” Suchita said.

Meanwhile, General Director of the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV), Agapito da Silva, has confirmed that there were lack of ambulance car in the country therefore it was difficult to transfer patient from the districts to the HNGV.

Headed that there were more than ten cars provided by the USAID as well Korea and Kuwait Governments, but they were in bad condition at this time and therefore he said that only the car provided by the UNFPA was suitable to use in the country.

*Ximenes call on President not to hurry to give pardon to Salsinha

*Timor Post, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Appellate Court President, Claudio Ximenes, has called on President José Ramos Horta not to hurry to grantee pardon to ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and his men as their case still in the process.

“President Horta should wait for final decision of the court though he has absolute power to give pardon,” Ximenes said.

He added, “I know that process of Salsinha and his men case is still going on.”

Ximenes said that the Appellate Court had not made any decision about this case therefore he said President Horta’s plan will not be realized on May 20th to give pardon to Salsinha and his men.

Meanwhile, MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN) has said that it was possible for President Horta to grantee pardon to prisoner when the process has ended.

“President Horta has absolute power to give pardon to Salsinha and his men, but it should not happen when their case still in the process,” MP Borges said.

According to a Public Defender Sergio Hornay that President Horta’s plane to give pardon to Salsinha and his men will not affect on the country’s judicial system.

*Illegal weapon in Ermera District, Commissary de Jesus say nothing

*Timor Post, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Timorese Police Commissary Afonso de Jesus has said that he will not make comment on the information widespread that there was illegal weapon in Ermera District.

“I will not give my comment on illegal weapon. You can ask local residents yourselves so that they can provide you clear information about it,” de Jesus said.

A National Police officer who refused to give his name has said that some weapon of the PNTL disappeared during the 2006 crisis and was not collected yet.

He added that the illegal weapon were not only exist in Ermera but in the other districts as well.

“In my observation that there are many illegal weapon still widespread in the country this is because these weapon of the PNTL lost during the 2006 crisis have not recollected yet,” the unnamed PNTL officer said.

*Court summon Leandro Izac

*Timor Post, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The court has summoned Leandro Izac to appear in the court to be testified regarding the assault case against the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander Major General Taur Matan Ruak on May 25th 2006.

In his testimony to the court, Leandro Izac said that no PNTL officer handed him a weapon and he did not know from what direction the gun shoot come to fire General Ruak’s house did.

He said that he was at home on May 23 up to 25 and he escaped from his home with local resident as thousands of Marabia residents escaped to seek for secure place.

“I was escaped from my house at that time,” Leandro Izac said.

He added, “I heard heavy fire at that time and people were running away to south part and I received a telephone call from nephew of General Ruak Carlos Ferreira that Taur’s children were at home.”

Izac confirmed that the National Army officers keep security at General Ruaks’ home including PNTL in the resident of General Ruak in Lahane and Marabia.

Izac also said that he would asked Abilio Mausoko to secure General Ruak’s resident at that time, but Mausoko told him that he was authorized by General Ruak to secure his resident as he was the PNTL Operational Commander at that circumstances before Izac expressed his intention.

*Australian donors AUD$, 575, 500 to Timorese people

*Timor Newsline, April 22, 2010

The Australian Government through its Embassy to Timor-Leste has donated AUD$, 575,500 to Timorese people, particularly to those residents in rural areas.

The Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Hayward, has said that the money will be transferred through Enterprise Challenge Fund to Solutech Company to purchase Solar Panel to distribute to local residents with the credits US$,50,00 and will also give chance to the people to involve in micro credit “Moris Rasik”.

Ambassador Hayward said that objective of implementing this project was to improve private sector in the country.

“We provide these funds to private sectors to support improving economic growth and social development,” Ambassador Hayward said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Economy and Development, João Gonçalves, has said that the Australian Government has committed to continue supporting Timorese people to improve economic growth in the country.

Minister Gonçalves on behalf of the Timorese Government and people had also thanked to the Australian Government for their support given to residents in rural areas.

“On behalf of the Timorese Government and people I thanked the Australian Government, especially for their support of solar panel credit to local resident in rural areas,” Minister Gonçalves said.

At the same time Manager for Solutech Company, Kim Tchia, said that his company will help local residents to resolve any problem, particularly in the utilization of solar panel.

*Parliament will mobilize civilians to combat corruption practices

*Timor Newsline, April 22, 2010

Acting Parliamentary Speaker, Vicente Guterres, has said that that Parliament will mobilize civilians to combat corruption practices appeared at all governmental levels.

Guterres made the comment yesterday in his speech marking at the opening ceremony of international seminar with title “Impact of Corruption on National Development” held at the Foreign Ministry hall.

Guterres said that corruption was bad virus that affect badly on the country’s image. Therefore the Government set up anti-corruption commission to fight against it. Moreover the Government had also ratified a UN convention about combating of corruption.

He added that corruptors will not get impunity from the Government as corruption is bad thing that affect the country’s image and people’s life.

“There will no impunity for corruption case as corruption is a bad thing that will badly affect the Government’s image and people’s life in the future,” Guterres said.

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Hans Kleem, has said that the Timorese Government has seriousness to eradicate corruption virus in the country as it had ratified UN convention about combating corruption that can support the KAK to reduce and eradicate corruption virus.

Ambassador Kleem added that corruption is a bad thing and therefore he called on all people to fight against it.

“It is important to all people to fight against corruption practices in the country,” Ambassador kleem said.

At the same time the KAK Commissioner, Aderito de Jesus Soares, said that this international seminar is important as it will empower the KAK to undertake its role optimally in the future to eradicate corruption.

“There are many things that will be performed by KAK and it is important to produce more laws to support KAK in conducting its role to combat corruption appear within the Government’s institutions,” KAK Commissioner Soares said.

This international seminar was funded by the USAID and realized by the Timorese National Parliament in cooperation with the Asian Foundation.

*PNTL support Govt to divulge PDN in districts and sub districts

*Timor Post, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes, has said that as a fence of the country, the PNTL will ensure security to the Government to divulge its strategic development plan in the districts and sub districts.

Fernandes confirmed that the PNTL commando had instructed him to provide security support to the Government during divulging strategic development plan in the 13 districts.

“PNTL is a Government’s institution and it will provide security support to the Government to implement its program of PDN,” Fernandes said.

Fernandes added that the PDN will bring benefit to the country and people therefore it was important to ensure security to the Government to socialize PDN to the local residents.

Fernandes also said that the PNTL is now seeking a proper manner to ensure security for the Municipality election process.

*GS agreement can ended if AMP Govt weak

*Timor Post, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Estanislau da Silva from Fretilin, has said that the if the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government weak in negotiating GS LNG pipeline then it will affect on the agreement signed by both Australia and Timor-Leste Governments.

MP da Silva said that it possible that the agreement of pipeline installation from oil and gas from the Greater Sunrise in Timor Sea can be ended on 2013 and it means that the Government should sign new agreement in this case.

“When this agreement ended then it means that we have to start new negotiation and it may different, because the Australian Government had agree to do lot of things but we press them and said that we have to share 50% for each country,” da Silva said.

He also called on the Government to create a better negotiation for reaching successfulness in the future.

Meanwhile, MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) has said that the Timorese Government has two options such as the pipeline of the Greater Sunrise should be installed to the country or left it for the next generation.

He added that the Timorese government will never agree with Woodside Company neither build pipeline of GS to Australia nor floating.

*It is possible to combat corruption in Timor-Leste: Eva Sundari

*Diário Nacionál, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Indonesian Parliamentary for Finance and Banking Member, Eva K. Sundari, has said that there was a possibility to combat corruption in Timor-Leste, although Timor-Leste is a young country.

“It is possible to combat corruption in this young country of Timor-Leste, but most important thing is all the sides should have commitment to do so,” Sundani said.

Indonesian MP Sundani made the comment yesterday in the international seminar held at hall of the Timorese Foreign Affairs Ministry with the title “Impact of corruption on national development.

MP Sundari said she totally disagree with those opinions saying that corruption had been tradition.

“I totally disagree with opinion saying that corruption is a tradition. It is not true, because corruption is bad thing that kill people,” MP Sundari said.

Meanwhile, presenter from the Canadian Parliament for Economy and Finance, G. Williams, has said that when corruption grow freshly in a country then it will automatically kill development process in the country.

Williams believed that one day corruption virus will be successfully eradicated in Timor-Leste, because the Government has set up anti-corruption commission to treat this bad virus.

*Commissioner de Jesus: “PNTL will ensure security”

*Diário Nacionál, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Timorese Police, Commissary Afonso de Jesus, has said that the National Police will ensure security during the Episcopal Ordination of new Monsignor for Maliana Diocese Norberto do Amaral.

De Jesus promised that the PNTL will make efforts to secure the security so the ceremony for Episcopal Ordination can be conducted well.

“What is am thinking is all the commando of the PNTL departments should instruct its officials to ensure security in cooperation with the United Nations Police to maintain security for this event,” de Jesus said.

Meanwhile, the Timorese Operational Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes, recently said that the PNTL had made self preparation to ensure security to the event of Episcopal Ordination of new Monsignor for Maliana Diocese.

*Parliament allow MP Paulo Martins to be testified in the court

*Diário Nacionál, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary I for Internal Regulation, Ethic and Mandate of Parliamentarian President, Maria Fernanda Lay, has said that the Parliament allow MP Paulo Martins to be testified in the court regarding the involvement of the PNTL officer Abilio Mausoko in the 2006 crisis.

MP Lay said that MP Martins should fill the question shed sent by the court to him and at this time the Parliament has allowed him to give his testimony in the court.

“We have talked to him and he is ready to give his testimony to the court by answering the questions sent by the court in written form,” MP Lay said.

Lay said that MP Martins can only provide his testimony in written form and will sent it to the court.

Meanwhile, MP Paulo Martins said that the Parliament was late to send letter to the court therefore it may difficult for the court to send him questionnaire.

“Actually the court should receive my answer today, but I can not make effort as the Parliament has just sent letter to the court so that they can send questionnaire to me,” MP Martins said.

*Govt will implement additional budget on May

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Parliamentary majority Alliance (AMP) Government will implement Additional Budget on May this year and this budget will be allocated to five Ministries such as Infrastructure, Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry for Health, Ministry for Tourism, Commerce and Industry and Ministry for Education.

Vice Finance and Planning Ministers, Rui Hanjan, has said that before the Government implement the additional budget and allocated to the five Ministries, the government will present the budget to the Parliament for its approval.

“We done all the process, but PM Gusmão and Finance Ministry are reviving it so that the Government can allocate the money,” Vice Minister Hanjan said.

Vice Minister for Finance and Planning, Hanjan made the comment yesterday when he participate in the international seminar held at thehall of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

*Citizens will continue living under discrimination: MP Borges

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN) has said that pension law can only benefit state leaders and it will appear discrimination in social life if the law will not amend.

“People’s opinion is worthwhile. You think is it fair or not if those MPs who have absent many times in the Parliament but latter get pension during his/her life and his/her families will continue receiving pension although he/she will have passed away,” MP Borges said.

MP Borges said that she will continue urge Parliament to amend pension law, because the MPs were well paid and facilitated but never undertake their role optimally.

MP Borges made the comment regarding the MPs from Alliance party have said that it is eligible to the former president of republic, parliamentary president and former prime minister to get pension.

Meanwhile MP Teresa de Carvalho from Democratic Party (PD) has said that it was eligible for the ex leader of the country to get pension guaranteed in the pension law.

“I think they are eligible to get pension as they are veterans on the country whose life is simple. If this law will amend then it will limit their right and will bring big problem to their life,” MP de Carvalho said.

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