Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS May 19, 2010

TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS May 19 2010

TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Local and International - For May 19 2010

In this edition

National News? Headings:

*Alkatiri praises Xanana Gusmao as patrimony of the country's liberation
*CNE calls for competent institution to legalize electoral cards disabled people
*Mozambique ambassador pledges to support Timor-Leste
*Radio Timor-Leste' May 18' 2010 language source: Tetun
*President Horta believe in Govt to hold negotiation LNG pipeline issue
*Appellate Court to announce result of appeal after Timor-Leste's restoration day
*Unidentified group engages in exchange shooting with police
*ANP rejects floating LNG plant by Woodside
*Eight police officers testify in court
*JICA does not keep promise' people report it to Xanana
*US Embassy to increase number of Timorese scholarship student
*Woodside delegations leave meeting as ANP reject their option to build floating LNG
*PEDN will free people from begging: PM Gusmao
*3% of Petroleum funds is enough to develop the country: Fretilin
*PNTL late to respond to situation due to lack of facilities
*Fernandes: "I have not received information yet"
*Intelligent police officer is not enough yet
*Some leaders love money only: PM Gusmao

National News:

*Alkatiri praises Xanana Gusmao as patrimony of the country's liberation

*Radio Timor-Leste' May 18 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin Secretary General Mari Alkatiri has praised Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao as patrimony of the Timorese liberation.

Alkatiri made the comments during a political consolidation meeting with the party's followers in Manleuana' a suburb of the Capital Dili.

Alkatiri said that talking on the country's resistance; Fretilin had never forgotten Gusmao's leadership in fighting for the country's independence.

Alkatiri also said that meeting with the party's followers was important to make preparation for general elections in 2012.

*CNE calls for competent institution to legalize electoral cards disabled people

*Radio Timor-Leste' May 18 2010 language source: Tetun

President of National Commission for Election (CNE)' Faustino Cardoso has called on the competent institution to legalize electoral card for disabled and old person in the country.

Cardoso made the call during a press conference held at the office of CNE on Thursday (18/5).

Cardoso said during the period of collecting data of the disabled and old person in the villages' the CNE had found great number false electoral cards.

Cardoso suspected that falsification of the documents engaging the village chiefs' the electoral card owners and some of the priest which was aimed at getting support from the Government.

He added that such falsification would impede the disabled and old person to get their right.

*Mozambique ambassador pledges to support Timor-Leste

*Radio Timor-Leste' May 18' 2010 language source: Tetun

Ambassador of Mozambique to Timor-Leste' Carlos Agustinho do Ros?io has pledged to help develop public administration and security sector in the country.

The ambassador said Mozambique had possibility to develop investment in future' mainly in the field of agriculture and commerce.

Rosario said bilateral ties of the two countries were a proper way to look at global issues which could impact on the tiny nations in the world.

*President Horta believe in Govt to hold negotiation LNG pipeline issue

*Televizaun Timor-Leste' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has said that he trusts in the Government 100% to hold LNG pipeline negotiation with Australia.

?I hand this case 100% to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to hold negotiation about LNG pipeline development in the Greater Sunrise in the Timor Sea to the country'? President Horta said.

President Horta made the comment regarding the information widespread saying he had not defended national interest.

President Horta added that he hand over this responsibility to the Government' particularly to the State Secretary for Natural Resources to deal with this case as he is well known diplomats in the world.

'state Secretary for Natural Resources thinks that he is a well known diplomats in the country and the world' therefore we trust in him to defend national interest and I hand over this responsibility 100% to the State Secretary and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to deal with this case'? President Horta said.

He added that it was better for the Government to hold negotiation with Woodside Company to seek for better solution to resolve case of LNG pipeline of the Greater Sunrise.

Meanwhile' Woodside representative' Don Voelte in his recent visit to Timor-Leste' said that his company respect option of the Timorese Government' but it was important to have full discussion about it.

*Appellate Court to announce result of appeal after Timor-Leste's restoration day

*Televizaun Timor-Leste' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

Appellate Court President Claudio Ximenes' has said that the Court of Appeal will announce result of appeal made by the lawyers of the ex-rebel leader Gast? Salsinha and his men after celebration of the Timorese restoration day.

Ximenes made the comment Saturday in the International Airport of Nicolau Lobato before his departure to abroad.

He said that the appellate court was now analyzing the appeal made by Salsinha's lawyers' adding that the court would make decision base on the existing law.

?They have made appeal and they question many things to the court and the court will announce final decision in one or two weeks coming'? Ximenes said.

He added that President of Republic has power to grantee pardon to Salsinha and his men as it is guaranteeing by the Timorese Constitution' but it should be made after final decision from the court.

Lawyers of Gast? Salsinha and his men made appeal to the court as they dissatisfied with the recent decision made by the court to sentence their clients' adding that the recent decision of the court was baseless as it did not based on the evidence collected during the trial process.

*Unidentified group engages in exchange shooting with police

*Timor Post' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

An unidentified armed group consists of 13 members has engaged in exchange shooting with the Timorese Special police force on Sunday (16/5) night in the western district of Ermera. The group members were armed with 11 weapons.

The Timorese National Police (PNTL) Commander' Commissioner Longinhos Monteiro said the police could not capture those people' but it was only able to save the residents? life.

?This group has also engaged in setting blaze to the residents? houses and abducting people. This group appeared firstly in Bobonaro during the operations of hunting down Ninja activities'? Monteiro said.

Monteiro stressed that this armed group had been supported with food and other logistic suppoorts by some of the residents.

The Parliament is also proposing to produce a resolution to engage the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) to respond to this situation.

*ANP rejects floating LNG plant by Woodside

*Timor Post' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Government through the National Petroleum Authority (ANP) has rejected the Australian Woodside Company's LNG floating plant for the Greater Sunrise? gas and oil field exploration.

The ANP President Gualdino da Silva said there were three issues discussed in the meeting namely' the pipeline building needed to be built to Timor-Leste and Darwin and LNG floating plant.

Da Silva said President of Woodside' John Ozturgut and his manager Brendan Agustin left the meeting when the ANP rejected their proposal.

Da Silva added that he was unhappy with the recent statement made by the Woodside to the financial market that the Timorese Government had agreed with their proposal presented.

*Eight police officers testify in court

*Timor Post' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

Eight of the Timorese National Police officers have testified in the court regarding the ambush set up by former rebel leader' Afredo Reinado Alves and his followers on May 23' 2006.

During the court trial those witnesses said the ambush and shootings at that time was known to them.

The witnesses also said those armed group were in military and police uniforms and said they could not identify them specifically.

*JICA does not keep promise' people report it to Xanana

*Timor Post' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

Residents in Ainaro and Maubisse have made a report to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao due to JICA do not keep its promises about supplying clean water for the people in the rural areas.

The residents said in 2002' JICA held a survey in those places and pledged to provide clean water' but nothing had happened.

Administrator for Maubisse sub district' Jose da Silva Mendonca made the comments during a meeting with Prime Minister Gusmao.

Mendonca added that water shortcoming was also a major challenge to the people of Maubisse.

*US Embassy to increase number of Timorese scholarship student

*Suara Timor Lorosa?e' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

The US Ambassador to Timor-Leste' Hans Kleem' has said that his Government would increase number of scholarship in order to give more opportunity to the Timorese students to continue their study in US.

?The US Government has planned to increase number of scholarship to the Timorese students who wants to continue his/her study in the US'? Ambassador Kleem said.

Klemm made comment yesterday in the US Embassy in Pantai Kelapa' Dili.

He said that the reason increasing the numbers of scholarship due to there were many Timorese students had good will to study in the US.

?Looking at the number of the people who apply scholarship of Australia each year where there were 50 selected students' but there were 300 people were applicants for the US scholarship each year and it showed that many Timorese want to study in the USA and therefore the US has planned to increase numbers of scholarship onward'? Ambassador Kleem added.

*Woodside delegations leave meeting as ANP reject their option to build floating LNG

*Suara Timor Lorosa?e' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

Woodside delegations of left the meeting after the National Petroleum Authority (ANP) rejected option of Woodside to build floating LNG in the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field.

Woodside delegations left the meeting because the ANP presented two options such as Timor-Leste LNG and Australia LNG.

ANP President' Gualdinho da Silva' said the meeting they held with the Woodside Company did not go well due to the representative of Woodside' Jon Ozturgut' left the meeting after listening to the two options presented by ANP.

Da Silva said that his side was surprised with the option of Woodside to have floating LNG' adding that their option had not reflected on the output of the study.

?I am calling for them to save their documents' as what we want is that we have three options such as floating LNG' Darwin LNG and Timor-Leste LNG' adding that they have no report so far'? da Silva said.

Da Silva said that ANP would never agree with Woodside's option to have floating LNG due to ANP had two options to have Darwin LNG or Timor-Leste LNG.

*PEDN will free people from begging: PM Gusmao

*Suara Timor Lorosa?e' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has said that the Government's National Strategic Planning (PEDN) would free people from begging by asking help from another countries or agencies after the Government implements the PEDN.

PM Gusmao said that the Government made the strategic planning in order to prevent possible begging or debt from donors in the future.

He said that all the social problems faced by the people' particularly those who live in the rural areas will be resolved when the Government's PEDN would have been implemented.

PM Gusmao made the comments regarding residents of Maubise sub-district lamentation about promise of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to install clean water canalization in Maubise 2002 but it had not realized yet.

Maubise sub-district Administrator' Jose da Silva Mendonca' has said that the JICA staffs had held survey in Maubise in 2002 to install clean water canalization but nothing had happened so far.

'starting from 2002' JICA collected data and held survey to install water canalization to residents of Maubise' but up to this time JICA had never appeared in Maubise sub-district'? Mendonca said.

*3% of Petroleum funds is enough to develop the country: Fretilin

*Suara Timor Lorosa?e' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin Secretary General' Mari Alkatiri' has said that money US$ 3% withdraw from the Petroleum Fund was enough to develop the country.

Alkatiri made the comment yesterday saying that although the Government withdrew money US$15% from the Petroleum Fund Timor-Leste' yet people would remain poor and would make debt from other country.

?Although all money of Petroleum Fund spent' we all will remain poor and worst than that' we will make debt' because we want to spend more money of which total amount we earn from the oil. That is why if Fretilin were in power' 3% is enough to develop the country'? Alkatiri said.

He added that the Government should not withdraw money from the Petroleum Fund more than 3% as the law allowed the Government to withdraw 3% only.

He also said that if the Government was hell-bent to withdraw money more that 3% the Petroleum Fund would not hold out' because the income was only about US$100 but we spend US$1.000.

He also called on the people of Timor-Leste not to depend on the state or Government as it was the task of the Government to develop this country' so that people could live prosperously in the future.

*PNTL late to respond to situation due to lack of facilities

*Diario Nacional' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Police Commander' Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro' has said that the National Police was sometimes late to respond to any incident due to lack of facilities that could support the police officers.

Monteiro made the comment yesterday regarding some residents who were concerned about the work carried out by the police officers in the field.

?We are trying to improve this mechanism and find out another possible alternatives and you journalist is seeing that we are lacking of facilities that can support PNTL officers to respond to any incident at any time'? Monteiro said.

He added that some area in the capital of Dili was controlled by the United Nations Police as it they were yet to hand over responsibility to the national police.

?We will contact with the United Nations Police especially in Dili when there is urgent call from residents. We contact with the UN Police to come together to the scene. We are doing this because we do not want people blame the national police'? Monteiro said.

*Fernandes: ?I have not received information yet?

*Diario Nacional' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police Commander' Superintendent Chief' Mateu Fernandes said that his department had not received any information regarding the recent incident happened in Manleuana' Dili.

Fernandes made the comments on Monday saying that he had not got information about the case due to the victim was now recieveing medical treatment at the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV).

?I have not received information about this case' but as usual I said that whoever feels that s/he is a victim and make claims to the Police' the police will process the case. When a person was stubbed then she/he knows who is the doer and the police will hunt him down soon after the victim report to the police'? Fernandes said.

*Intelligent police officer is not enough yet

*Diario Nacional' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Police Commander' Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro' has said that numbers of the National Intelligence Police were not sufficient' but the intelligent police officers were capable of detecting the bad plans of some people who wanted to create instability in the country.

Commissioner Monteiro made the comment yesterday regarding some resident who were concerned about the work carried out by the national police' particularly by the intelligent police.

?Number of the National Investigation Police is not sufficient' but we have assumed our responsibility to provide information about those who have bad intention to create instability in the country'? Monteirosaid.

Meanwhile' the Timorese Operational Police Commander' Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes' has said that it was important to all the people to cooperate with the security officers to guarantee security and stability in the country.

'security in the country will be under controlled' but the most important thing is all the people should give their contribution' because intelligent does not mean that it is only provided by the Government' Parliament but all people should give their contribution to this case. I call on all people to report to the police' International Stabilization Force (ISF)' United Nations Police on the Timorese Defense Force when they have any bad information so that they can intervene the case'? Fernandes said.

*Some leaders love money only: PM Gusmao

*Diario Nacional' May 19' 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has said that some state leaders loved money and therefore they did not want the Government to withdraw more money form the Petroleum Funds to develop this country.

During the public consultation for the Government's National Strategic Planning in the Hatu Belico of Ainaro District' PM Gusmao said that Tmor-Leste has got its independence fro ten years but there was no positive thing in the country' particularly in the development aspect.

PM Gusmao added that he was now making efforts to better develop this country so that people could live prosperously in the future' but there was no optimal support from some other state leaders over his national development plans.

?I love so much people and this country rather than love money. I will make efforts to better develop this country' so that people can live prosperously in the future'? PM Gusmao said.

He also called on all the people to unite in order to contribute to the process of National Development.

?I am calling on all the people to strengthen unity' peace and stability as it is key for national development'? PM Gusmao said.

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