Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS June 2, 2010

Timor-Leste News

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For June 2, 2010

In this edition

National News? Headings:

*Horta prefers having dialog to resolve problems in Ermera
*PD calls on intelligent to provide factual information
*PNTL should investigate rumors on illegal armed groups: MP Menezes
*F-FDTL, PNTL, Civil Security Guard and Fire Brigade take part in joint training
*Academics calls on Govt to improve status of UNTL
*Salshina does not include in pardoning list
*Police has evidence of illegal armed groups
*The country's stability forces Rodrigues to resign from his post
*F-FDTL and TNI cooperate to control border
*President Horta to conatct Commissioner Monteiro
*Govt proposes 837.981 million for general state budget
*Gusmao declares not to wait for MCC
*Govt presents additional budget for this year more than US$781 to the Parliament
*Alkatiri calls on PM Gusmao not to provoke Fretilin
*Asia Foundation trains Community policing about conflict prevention
*President Horta calls on PM Gusmao to have national consensus
*President Horta denies information about he signs MoU with Kuwait Govt
*PM Gusmao will be responsible for the work of AMP Govt in court
*President Horta: "Govt should invest for children"


National News:

*Horta prefers having dialog to resolve problems in Ermera
*Radio Timor-Leste, June 1, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta said the state should use dialog as an appropriate way to resolve social, political and criminal problems appeared in the country's western district of Ermera.

The president made the comments on Tuesday (1/6) at Nicolau Lobato international airport regarding issue of the illegal armed groups that try to threaten the local residents in Ermera.

Horta stressed that had not really known yet about the problems appeared in Ermera, but he recognized that act of crime was staying in high in that district.

Unfortunately every year many problems appear in Ermera district. Various groups appear in Ermera, Stadu village, Letefoho, Atcabe, Bononaro and Lolotoi. I will contact our police commander to talk on this issue,? Horta said.

Horta added that apart from doing operations, the state could hold social action such as holding dialog.


*PD calls on intelligent to provide factual information
*Radio Timor-Leste, June 1, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Democratic Party (PD) MP Rui Menezes has called on the country's institutions, mainly intelligent to provide factual information on the issues which could impact on stability of the country.

MP Menezes said intelligent service in the country had not showed adequate reaction in relation to the illegal armed groups in Ermera.

Menezes urged the state institutions, mainly the intelligence department to justify this issue.

He added that the intelligent service should work professionally, as the public wanted factual information.


*PNTL should investigate rumors on illegal armed groups: MP Menezes
*Radio Timor-Leste, June 1, 2010 language source: Tetun

 MP Rui Menezes from the Democratic Party (PD) said the National Police should launch a profound investigation into the rumors on the illegal armed groups? presence in Ermera district.

Menezes said the National Police Commander had recently made comments that there were illegal armed groups engaging in exchange shootings with the police in Ermera, yet Ermera District Police and the National Police operations commander denied it.

The deputy police commander initially stated there was illegal armed group, but later he recognized that the group is existing. Therefore, the police needs to investigate it professionally,? Menezes said.

He added that the illegal armed groups were led by the ex-Indonesian military known as 745.


*F-FDTL, PNTL, Civil Security Guard and Fire Brigade take part in
joint training
*Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Army, Police, Civil Security officers and Fire Brigade officers held a joint training on integrated radio of communication.

The training was held to better professionalize the F-FDTL, PNTL, Civil Security and Fire Bridge officers to provide assistance to the communities in emergency situation.

The training was held yesterday at the office of the State Secretary for Defense.

The trainer, Dwi Susanto from Paduma Kom Karya Jaya, said that the objective of the training was to facilitate coordination of the security officers in carrying out their work in the field.

In this case we want to improve their communication skills, so that they can implement their skills in coordinating with each other for example if there is an incident then they can coordinate well with each other to respond to the case,? Santoso said.

Meanwhile, Ernesto Mendonca a participant from F-FDTL said that the training was positive as it brought benefit to them, particularly in improving their experience about communication skills.


*Academics calls on Govt to improve status of UNTL
*Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

Academics forum of the Universidade Nasion? Timor Lorosa?e has called on the Minister of Education to imporve status of the UNTL in order to avoid a possible implication in the future.

The UNTL spokesperson, Ananias Barreto, in their statement called on the competent Minister to change the status of the UNTL as soon as possible.

We are calling on the Minister of Education to improve status of the UNTL in a ten-day duration starting from now [yesterday], otherwise there will be a negative impact on the activity of the UNTL. The process of improving the UNTL status should also involve staffs structure of the UNTL. The UNTL structure will continue accompanying the process of changing status of the UNTL and will take necessary action to respond those decisions would be made by the competent minister if the decision will not match our demands,? Barreto said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Education said that the UNTL is the Public University and therefore the Government would not follow the interests of any small groups.


*Salshina does not include in pardoning list
*Suara Timor Loro Sa?e, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

 President Jose Ramos Horta has not declared to give pardon to the prisoners in the commemoration of the Timorese Independence Restoration Day on May 20 this year, due to the ex-rebel leader, Gastao Salsinha and his followers do not include in the list proposed by the Government.

An unnamed source said the Government had prepared list of the prisoners who would be pardoned, but the pardon did not happen, because Horta did not see Salsinha and his men's names in the list.

Minister for Justice, Lucia Lobato said she did not know the reason why President Horta had not declared the pardon to the prisoners.

The Government proposed 100 prisoners to be pardoned by the president on May 20, 2010, but it did not happen.

*Police has evidence of illegal armed groups
*Suara Timor Loro Sa?e, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

 The Timorese National Police's Investigation Department (NID) has concrete evidences from the victims on the activity the illegal armed groups who have maltreated the local residents in Ermera district.

The National Police Commander, Commissioner, Longinhos Monteiro said talking on the state security people should be opened minded and should not bring political party's interest into the state security.

Monteiro called on the country's people who were talking on security to open their mind and should have good views on the security.

He added that what he had publicized was based on the facts collected from the National Investigation Department and said all the residents in Ermera knew this situation.


*The country's stability forces Rodrigues to resign from his post
*Timor Post, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

Former Timorese Defense Minister, Roque Rodrigues said he resigned from his political post as defense minister on 31 May 2006 due to stability of the country was not going well.

We can say that public order as change and therefore I made decision myself on 31 May 2006 to resign from my post,? Rodrigues said.

Rodrigues made the comments yesterday during his testimony in the court regarding gun fire between the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) soldiers and the late rebel leader Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men in Fatuahi on 23 May 2006.

Rodrigues said that he did not see directly gun fire in Fatuahi but he only had the information about it.

Apart from Rodrigues, there were also other witnesses who were testifying in the court yesterday like Leadro Izac, Virginha Sequeira, Antonio Ribeiro and Mateus de Araujo.

*F-FDTL and TNI cooperate to control border
*Timor Post, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

A press release has stated that the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Major General Taur Matan Ruak, held an official visit to Indonesia to meet with the Indonesian TNI General Djoko Santoso.

The objective of the visit was to talk about cooperation between the Timorese Defense Force and Indonesia's TNI to better control border of Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

Besides from meeting with General Santoso, Ruak would also meet with the Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Indonesian Academic Military commander Major Nono Sampono, S. Pi,. M. Si.

The press said that the Indonesian TNI also provided the F-FDTL officer opportunity to do their study in Naval School and LEMHANAS for the post of Major, Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel.


*President Horta to conatct Commissioner Monteiro
*Timor Post, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta, has said that he would contact the Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro in order to seek for solution to halt presence of the illegal armed groups in Ermera.

President Horta said he had no clear information about illegal armed group in Ermera, but he added that there were many problems had appeared in Ermera so far.

For few years there have been many problems appear in Ermera district, Estadu village, Letefoho, Atsabe, Bobonaro and Lolotoe,? President Horta said.

In relation to this case, President Horta said he would contact the PNTL Commander Longuinhos Monteiro to hold operations and hunt down the illegal armed groups.

Horta also said that the police should have dialog with the local residents on the issue illegal armed groups.

We should not wait for the police intervention, but we need to know why this problem appears. If this case is 100 percent as act of crime then the police should take necessary action against it, but if this case appears due to politics then we should intervene it with social manner,? President Horta said.


*Govt proposes 837.981 million for general state budget
*Suara Timor Loro Sa?e, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

The National Parliament has officially launched the proposed law n 37/II the general additional state budget for 2010 worth 837.981 to the Special Committee to look at it and give comment before coming to a profound debate.

MP Manuel Tilman who is also the president of the Committee C said such an amount was divided into five categories. US $ 99.99 Million allocated to salary, US $ 268.78 million for good services, 491 million for capital minor and capital development is worth US $ 184.632 million.

From such amount the Government would withdraw the country's petroleum funds worth US $ 801, while the rest of the amount would be taken from the domestic revenue.


*Gusmao declares not to wait for MCC
*Suara Timor Loro Sa?e, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

 Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has called on the Timorese people to not urge the Government to always ask donors through the Millennium Challenge Cooperation known as MCC [funds from the US].

We do not have to trust and do not care about the MCC funds, as we should trust in ourselves. We should make efforts for what we can do, because now we have money,? Gusmao said.

Gusmao said the donors had promised many times, but they did not keep what they had promised; therefore you should believe in Government to implement its programs.

We should trust in ourselves, although it is slowly, but should move forward,? Gusmao said during a meeting with the district administrators.

Although the prime minister said Timor-Leste did not need the MCC funds, but Minister for Planning and Finance is pleased, because Timor-Leste has got US $ 10.5 million the MCC.


*Govt presents additional budget for this year more than US$781 to the
Parliament
*Timor Post, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

Finance and Planning Minister Emilia Pires, has said Prime Minister Xananan Gusmao has presented additional state budget for this year with total money more than US$781 million to the National Parliament on Monday 31 May.

Pires said that the Government would not make more comments in this case as the additional budget proposal was yet to be discussed by the Parliament and approved it.

She added that the Government has included budget that would be allocated for development package for decentralization in the proposal of the additional state budget for this year.


*Alkatiri calls on PM Gusmao not to provoke Fretilin
*Timor Post, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin's Secretary General, Mari Alkatiri, has called on Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao not to provoke Fretilin with a falsehood during his public consultation on the Government's National Strategic Planning in districts.

Alkatiri denied PM Gusmao's statement saying he cancelled highway road from Com to Mota-Ain (Bobonaro) because there was an indication of corruption.

He said that there was no highway road project planned by the Timorese and Kuwait Governments, but they only had only conducted research on it.

No program or project of highway from Com to Mota-Ain and we only had research. Such project had never appeared in my governance. No one had signed something about the project, but it was previous research only and it had not spent money . They did the research themselves,? Alkatiri said.


*Asia Foundation trains Community policing about conflict prevention
*Timor Post, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Asian Foundation in Timor-Leste has training for the Community Police about conflict prevention by creating community leader counsel in order to identify, analyze and make classification into the problems and how to resolve problem appeared in the community.

The Trainer from the Asian Foundation, Jo? Hendrique Fereira, has said that the reason of the Asia Foundation to choose five viallges of Cristo-Rei sub-district for implementing Community Policing, because the leaders of those villages were energetic or hard worker.

Our reason to choose five village of Cristo-Rei Subdistrict to implement community policing, because we have criteria the we will more prefer to choose the villages whose leaders are hard worker and in another part we will see if the security situation in that village is concerned about by the local residents,? Fereira said.

He said that the objective of providing the training was to better capacitate the community leaders and Community Policing officers to cooperate with each other to resolve problem appear.

Meanwhile, Dili District Community Police Commander, Inspector Assistant Paulo da Costa said the training was positive as it will helpful for the community leaders and police to resolve any problem that might appear in the future.


*President Horta calls on PM Gusmao to have national consensus
*Diario Nacional, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has called on Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to have national consensus with politicians before implementing the Government's National Strategic Planning.

When we make a plan that will affect to the interest of the country today, tomorrow, and in the future, we know that we will not complete it in one mandate therefore we need to make national consensus,? President Horta said.

President Horta said that it was important for PM Gusmao to hold dialog with the residents and all sides, so that they could support the projects implementation.

I have talked about this case with PM Gusmao and he agreed with me,? President Horta said.


*President Horta denies information about he signs MoU with Kuwait Govt
*Diario Nacional, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta, has totally denied an allegation saying he had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kuwait Government about highway project constructed from Com of Lautem district to Mota-Ain of Bobonaro district.

Kuwait Government had only held pre-feasibility study to look at the road from Com to Mota-Ain in the Former Fretilin Governance,? President Horta said. They present result of the study after finishing the study to the Council of Ministers and if the Government agrees with it then it needs to hold feasibility study. If the Government agrees with it then the Government will open international tenderization and implement this project,? President Horta said.

He added, ?But if the Government refuses to allocate money and ask Kuwait to allocate money then it is the right of Kuwait to hold international tenderization and they will decide which company is eligible to manage the project and this Kuwait system. But this case had never been approved in the first and second Government.?

President Horta said that the Pre-feasibility study conducted was financed by Kuwait Government with the total money about US$1 million.


*PM Gusmao will be responsible for the work of AMP Govt in court
*Diario Nacional, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Estanislau Aleixo da Silva from Fretilin has said that Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao would be responsible for the work of the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) soon after it mandate comes to end in 2012.

Budget that has been transferred from state funds is US$ 72 million for Public Work Enterprisers Association for financing the recent referendum package. It is against and breach the existing law and therefore the next governance will take this case to the court,? MP da Silva said.

Meanwhile, MP Pedro Martires da Costa from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) said MP's role was to observe the Government's activities and it was normal to talk about it as it their task.

At the same time MP Rui Menezes from the Democratic Party (PD) has considered the statement of MP da Silva was political ones and it would not affect the Government's activities that related to financial issues.


*President Horta: ?Govt should invest for children?
*Diario Nacional, June 2, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has called on the Government to invest for
Children in order to prevent illness and analphabetism in the country.

?We have strong commitment for children's development starting from 2002 up to this time. Therefore it needs more investment for children,? President Horta said.

He added, ? We need to invest more money for children in 2010-2011 in order to rehabilitate schools, tables, chairs, books, children's heath, repairing roads in order to facilitate children to go to school and this is our commitment.?



(The contents of this service do not reflect the views of TLMDC. News and opinion is summarized; and headlines are edited in English to give the best possible sense of the original headline. For more detailed information about any story in this bulletin; or for tailored sector-specific monitoring contact: francisco@tlmdc.org; alberico@tlmdc.org



 


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