Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS May 12, 2010

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Local and International - For May 12, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*President Horta calls for schools’ infrastructure improvement *Education Minister: Many children in rural areas do not access education *PM Gusmão calls on administrators of sub-districts and districts to better control enterprisers that manage projects *PNTL officer who engage in human right violation will be sanctioned *Timorese judges capable to manage judicial process *Negotiation of GS should be held calmly *Resident calls on Finance Minister for clarification on her email *JSMP presents ELJJ to Justice Minister *Govt’s Officials use Govt’s equipments for private interest *CNRT calls for investigation into Minister Pires case *Woodside is arrogant in GS LNG pipeline negotiation *Rumors of illegal weapon become threat for Ermera residents to pluck coffee *Commissioner de Jesus: “Commando has not known the case” *SEAU ask more money US$70 million for heavy oil power production project *PM Gusmão recognizes land dispute as a serious problem

National News:

*President Horta calls for schools’ infrastructure improvement

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has said that it was important to infrastructures of the schools such as tables and chairs including other facilities in order to support educational process in the country.

President Horta made the comment yesterday in the international conference held in the meeting room of São João Paulo, Dili.

“The State general budget for Education Ministry should reflect the national conscience of all people,” President Horta said.

President Horta also called on the Ministry of Education to combat analphabetisms numbers including improve system of school feeding programs in the rural areas.

*Education Minister: Many children in rural areas do not access education

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Minister of Education, João Cancio Freitas, has said that many children in the country, particularly children in the rural areas do not access education yet.

Minister Freitas made the comment yesterday after participated in an international conference with the title “No discrimination and all people have rights to access good quality of education” held in the meeting room of São João Paulo, Dili.

He said that the objective of holding the conference was to gather opinions in order to improve educational system in the country.

“The unregistered children are about 20%, but this percentage been reduced after the Government built new schools in the rural areas through referendum package projects and the number of the children who have registered been increase to 12% based on the survey of the World Bank,” Minister Freitas said.

This International conference was supported by UNESCO, Plan International, UNICEF and Education Ministry.

*PM Gusmão calls on administrators of sub-districts and districts to better control enterprisers that manage projects

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmão, has called on the administrators of Sub-districts and districts to better control the companies that manage projects in the rural areas.

PM Gusmão made the call yesterday during his presentation of the rural development package programs to the administrators and director general on the institutions.

PM Gusmão said that the administrators play an important role to control projects in their district, so that the projects can be completed with good quality.

“It is important for the chief of villages, administrator for sub-districts and districts to better control companies which will manage in their area,” PM Gusmão said.

*PNTL officer who engage in human right violation will be sanctioned

*Timor Post, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus, has said that the National Police Commando will analyze the recent report presented by the Timorese Human Rights and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) to the PNTL commando saying that some PNTL officers had engage in human rights violations.

De Jesus said that the commando will sanctions those national police officers who were really engage in the crime.

“This is a recommendation for our institution, but we will analyze this recommendation before make decision. We will sanction those guilty officers based on the internal rule,” Commissioner de Jesus said.

De Jesus made the comment yesterday, because PDHJ had recently sent report to the PNTL commando about engagement of the national police officer in crime, adding that the PDHJ had also called on the PNTL commando to take action to respond this case.

*Timorese judges capable to manage judicial process

*Timor Post, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Appellate Court President Claudio Ximenes, has said it was true that there were lack of human resources in the court, but Timorese judges were capable to manage the country’s judicial aspects with their experiences.

He called on the judges to carry out their work more optimally and professionally and should be based on the existing law.

“We cannot build up a good judicial system only in ten years since there are many things that are needed to be improved. We have judges to work in district’s courts, but it is important to better capacitate those judges who are working in the Appellate Court,” Ximenes said.

Meanwhile, public defender, Sergio Hornay, has said that it was important to have adequate human resources if it was plan to set up an institution.

“We are promoting and developing judicial institution, and people know that public defenders as an essential institution that provide judicial support to poor people,” Hornay said.

*Negotiation of GS should be held calmly

*Timor Post, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Estanilau da Silva from Fretilin, has said that it was important for the Government to hold negotiation of oil and gas pipeline from the Greater Sunrise in the Timor Sea calmly in order to reach a positive agreement.

He said that the Government should continue holding negotiation with the Woodside Company rather than stop it, adding that Fretilin would firmly maintain and defend LNG pipeline of the Greater Sunrise to be brought to the country.

“This is why we have defended and will continue defend oil and gas pipeline installation from the Greater Sunrise in the Timor Sea to Timor-Leste,” MP da Silva said.

Meanwhile, MP Rui Menezes from the Democratic Party (PD) has said that the pipeline of the Greater Sunrise should be built to the country, because based on the feasibility study that it was possible to do so.

*Resident calls on Finance Minister for clarification on her email

*Timor Post, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Residents in the Capital of Dili have called on the Timorese Finance Minister Emilia Pires to clarify her email that she sent to her friend in Australia in 2006, saying that it was better to integrate with Australia if Mari Alkatiri continues to govern this country.

A resident of Komoro (Dili), Jacinto Marques, has said that it was important for Minister Pires to clarify her statement in the email as it was part of defending herself from the allegation against her.

Marques said that it was big mistake if it was true that Minister Pires really made such statement in her email to her friend, because many people sacrifice their self due to the country liberation.

“Many were dead during the war because of struggle for independence and not to integrate with Australia or another country,” Marques said.

Meanwhile, Marfin Nunes, friend of Marques also said that it was better for Minister Pires to resign from her political post if she really made such statement.

At the same time, MP Jose Manuel Fernandes, from Fretilin has confirmed that it was true that the Finance Minister Emilia Pires sent an email to an Australian activist on June 16th 2006 saying that “Timor-Leste will not reach peach in the future if we let Mari Alkatiri to continue govern this country. I tell you that I will support integration with Australia, at least they will do something to this country with their good manager and they will provide good house. I believe that one day people will get access roads, telecommunication and we will capable to read and write and so fort. Even we have to sacrifice our identity as Timorese People,” MP Fernandes restated.

MP Fernandes also considered Minister Pires had no national spirit for the Timor-Leste Government and independence.

MP Natalino dos Santos from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) has called on the Parliament to see this case soon, adding that it was crime if Minister Pires truly sent this email to her friend.

*JSMP presents ELJJ to Justice Minister

*Timor Post, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Judicial System and Monitoring Program (JSMP) has presented submission Draft Law of Justice Juvenile to the Justice Ministry in order to respond demand of Justice Ministry.

The content of the draft law was prioritizing to valorize rights of children and adults when they face conflicts or problems.

JSMP stated in a press release that it was important for the State not to use its power to sentence those children engaged in crime, but the Government should create good condition that can prevent children to engage in crime and breach the law.

JSMP also said that the draft law should benefit children and adults in order to get judicial access for juvenile and it was important to consider their demand as well as it was stated in Article No. 12 of the Children Right Convention that it is important to hear demands of the children in the judicial process that will affect on their live.

*Govt’s Officials use Govt’s equipments for private interest

*Timor Post, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Francisco Geronimo from Fretilin, has said that many of the Government’s officials were using the Government’s equipments for private interest.

MP Geronimo said that the Government’s officials should use the equipment during working hour only as this rule been set up by the former Fretilin Government.

“In the former legislation we had always shriek about the use of the Government’s facilities. If we used to say that facilities of the Government should be used during working time in the former Fretilin Governance then we have to apply it now as well,” MP Geronimo said.

MP Geronimo, made the comment regarding many directors of the Government’s institutions had used the Government’s cars for their private interest.

*CNRT calls for investigation into Minister Pires case

*Diario Nacional, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) vice President, Pedro da Costa in the Parliamentary Plenary session yesterday, has called on the competent institution to investigate the recent allegation against Finance Minister Emilia Pires saying that she support Timor-Leste to integrate with Australia.

He stressed that this case should be investigated, because this case been widespread in the country.

“We should not shriek one another since there is no evidence. I am technician and I know those people who use internet to make manipulation in order to topple down another person,” da Costa said.

He added that it was important to hold investigation into this case before make decision to against Minister Pires.

*Woodside is arrogant in GS LNG pipeline negotiation

*Diario Nacional, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Rui Menezes from the Democratic Party (PD) has said that the Woodside Company was arrogant as they had not considered the National Petroleum Authority (ANP) as the Timorese Government’s institution that deal with petroleum issues of the country.

MP Menezes made the comment yesterday in the Parliamentary plenary session regarding the Woodside representative refused to meet with the ANP during their recent visit last week.

“Technically there was no problem that impeding pipeline building to the country. But Woodside has its own interest and therefore they force us to support their option to have floating LNG, but it is not ease for Timor-Leste to fallow and agree with their option,” MP Menezes said.

Meanwhile, MP Estanislau da Silva from Fretilin, has called on the Government to open its door for the company and continue negotiating pipeline development of the Greater Sunrise in the Timor Sea to the country.

*Rumors of illegal weapon become threat for Ermera residents to pluck coffee

*Diario Nacional, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Maria Exposto from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has said that local residents of Ermera district were afraid to pluck their coffee due to the recent rumors saying that there were illegal weapons in the area.

“This is the time for Ermera residents to pluck coffee but they are afraid to conduct their activity due to the recent information widespread that there are illegal weapons in their district,” MP Exposto said.

MP Exposto also called on the Government to send an investigation team to the area in order to investigate this case immediately, so that people can undertake their work without fear.

“I am calling on the Government to create a team and send them to the area to investigate this case immediately in order to know whether rumors about illegal weapon is true or not otherwise resident will continue living in a fear situation,” MP Exposto said.

*Commissioner de Jesus: “Commando has not known the case”

*Diario Nacional, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Deputy Police, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus has said that the National Police Commander has not received any claims about the fight between the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) and the National Police officer.

“We have no information about this case and I have confirmed this case but there is no problem and therefore I know nothing,” de Jesus said.

He said that if this case truly happens then the PNTL commando would seek for solution to resolve it.

“If it truly happens then automatically the Commando, particularly the general commando of the PNTL will coordinate with another institution in order to resolve the problem,” de Jesus said.

*SEAU ask more money US$70 million for heavy oil power production project

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Electricity, Clean Water and Sanitation, Januario Pereira, has proposed the Government to provide more money US$ 70 million to finance heavy oil power production project.

“Our proposal has been sent to the Council of Ministers, but the amount of money will be remain or reduced and it will be decided in the final discussion,” said Pereira.

He said that the Government had allocated money US$367 million for financing heavy oil power production project including power gird, purchasing generators and others.

He added that the Government was making efforts to install power grid throughout the territory, so that people in the rural areas can get access power in 2011.

*PM Gusmão recognizes land dispute as a serious problem

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has recognized that land dispute was a serious problem that faced by the Government and therefore the Government was making efforts to resolve this case.

PM Gusmão said that the Justice Ministry has present a land draft law to the Council of Ministers in order to discus it.

“The Justice Ministry has presented issue of land dispute to the Council of Ministers, the case is about the border case of villages and all land dispute issues that are happening,” PM Gusmão said.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Lucia Lobato has said that the Government would sanction those people who illegally occupy the Government’s land, adding that the Government will create a proper rule that would regulate people in the future.

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