Subject: TIMOR LESTE NEWS June 15, 2010

Local Daily News

June 15, 2010

*Foreign minister calls on defense secretariat to secure residents in the border

*Radio Timor-Leste, June 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Zacarias Albano da Costa has called on the State Secretariat of Defense to optimally protect the country’s people who are living in the border. The minister said the country’s Defense Secretariat should make a proper approach to the Indonesia’s TNI soldiers who were providing security in the border, so that it could not deter activities of the people in the border. According to him negotiation of the final agreement on the border demarcation was now continuing to happen, yet in guaranteeing security should come from the Timorese National Police. Last month the Indonesia’s TNI soldiers were crossing illegally the border and were destroying two social houses constructed by the Timorese Government in Oe-Cusse district.

*Timor Leste to become host for trilateral meetings

*Radio Timor-Leste, June 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Zacarias Albano da Costa said Timor-Leste would become host for international conference and trilateral meetings with Indonesia and Australia in the upcoming July. The minister stressed that the trilateral meetings always be held and said this year Timor- Leste would be the host to organize the referred meetings. Da Costa added that this year Timor-Leste was obliged to make preparation for welcoming the Portuguese president and his delegations, as well as other important activities.

*Horta calls for Australia’s new method of supporting Timor-Leste

*Radio Timor-Leste, June 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has called on the Australia Government to create a new method for its funding support to Timor-Leste. The president said the Australian Government needed to make new method in supporting Timor-Leste, due to some of the projects funded by the Australian Government had not showed positive results. Australia has recently stated that it would renew its program method of giving technical assistance to Timor-Leste.

*Parliament launches local sub division for anti-corruption

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The National Parliament has yesterday officially launched local subdivision of international anti-corruption called GOPAC. This institution was set up to allow MPs who are the member of this institution to take part in the resolution produced in the international conference held in last April. MP Fernanda Borges was appointed to lead the GOPAC in the Parliament for two periods. MP Fernanda Borges said the main role of the GOPAC was to support resolution to combat corruption, institutional construction and take action to prevent corruption in the country. “GOPAC is an international institution in every parliament. Its role is to combat corruption and therefore Timor-Leste Parliament sets it up in order to allow the MPs who are the member of GOPAC to take necessary action to prevent corruption,” Borges said. She added, “I am pleased as they appointed me to lead this institution, adding that I am interested in combating corruption in the country. This institution will allow the MPs to support legislation against corruption, help the anti-corruption commission (KAK) and the Timorese Human Right and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) to combat corruption and set up anti-corruption networking in the country.” The establishment of the GOPAC in the Parliament was supported by the Asia Foundation which is as national subdivision secretariat in Timor- Leste.

*Comoro residents promise to resolve their problem to contribute to stability

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Residents of Komoro [marketplace] who has recently engaged in clash promised to resolve their problem through dialog. A resident Anita Ximenes said that it was important for the young people to love one another as brothers. Meanwhile, Arsenio Gusmão said that they were ready to resolve their problem through dialog. At the same time the Dili District Police Commander, Superintendent Chief, Pedro Belo said the police would hunt down those people who would create conflict in the future. “They have promised that they will not engage or create another problem in the future and if some one breach this agreement then the Police will take necessary action against him,” Belo said.

*GOPAC to help support KAK in combating corruption

*Timor Post, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Global Organization of Parliamentarian against Corruption (GOPAC) sub division which was set up in Timor-Leste aimed to help support the country’s Anti Corruption Commission called KAK in fighting against corruption. The Appointed GOPAC President, Fernanda Borges said the GOPAC was an international institution which all the parliamentarians around the word get involved in it to help combat corruption. Borges stressed it was an honor to Timor-Leste to have such institution, as it could support their initiative of fighting against corruption in the country. She added that it could benefit the country, because it would have a link with other international institutions that had been working with all the parliamentarians around the world. Members of the GOPAC were also appointed from civil society like member of NGOs and the Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman (PDHJ).

*MP Tara ready to appear in court *Timor Post, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Tara from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) said he was ready to testify in the court regarding the ambush set up by the slain rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado Alves on May 23, 2006 in Fatuahi, a suburb of Dili. Tara said the Court had sent summon to the Parliament asking him to testify in the court trial shortly. Tara stressed that the court also threatened to give him ultimatum if he would not appear in the court.

*Timorese students in Indonesia remain calm *Timor Post, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police Commander, Mateus Fernandes said the Timorese students who were currently studying in Indonesia remained calm after the recent clash involving the Timorese students in martial art clubs’ conflict. The commander made the comments after meeting with the MPs in the Parliament on Monday (14/6). Fernandes stressed that the students were now in good situation and were now doing daily activities after the Indonesian police tried to respond to the clash. Fernandes added that the State Secretariat for Youth and Sports would set up a team with the Timorese National Police (PNTL) to investigate the case in Indonesia.

*AusAid – PDT doing negotiation *Timor Post, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun The Australian International development Agency (AusAid) is currently doing negotiation with the Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) in the support of marketing in Timor-Leste. A press release said both sides were currently discussing on scale of the support of the AusAid in 2010 – 2011. For Ausaid, supporting the private sector is very important in the Australian funds in the development program support for Timor-Leste each year. It hoped that AuAid could get positive result from the negotiation which is being held with PDT.

*It is normal for oppositions not to agree with Govt’s programs *Suara Timor Lolrosa’e, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Social issues, Jose Luis Guterres said it was normal for the opposition parties in the Parliament not to agree with the programs produced by the Government. “It is normal for us [Government] because they have same statement every year. We will continue to respect them,” Deputy PM Guterres said. Guterres said the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government was making efforts to improve its financial system and said the prioritizing programs and budget allocation would respond to the people’s needs. “There are progresses have been reached so far and the budget execution is better then the past one this is because we do trust in the Timorese people to work in financial area,” Guterres said.

*PNTL issues warrant of arrest to detain FUAPT staffs

*Suara Timor Lolrosa’e, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Commander of the Timorese Police, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus said the National Police Commando has issued a warrant of arrest to detain those people who use name of the ex-guerilla fighters asking money illegally from the local residents. “If the one who ask money from the resident does not prove with any properl documents then their attitude will be considered as an act of crime. We the police will take necessary action to respond to this case and it should be processed legally,” de Jesus said. De Jesus said those people who asked money illegally were members of the “Fundasaun Unidade da Paz de Timor”, adding that there were 392 of young men had become victims of such bad attitude. He added that the police had got information about the activity of FUAPT and therefore the police would summon them to face inquiry.

*Cooperation between the Timorese Marine force and marine police outlined in constitution *Suara Timor Lolrosa’e, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Deputy Police Commander, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus said the joint operations by the Timorese Marine Force and National Marine Police outlined in the country defense and security law. “The law defines work of each side, but cooperation is the most important. The Government has provided two warships to the Timorese Marine force, and if there is something that is urgent then we can coordinate with each other, particularly between Marine Police and F-FDTL’s Marine Force to respond to any case in the future,” de Jesus said. He added the two warships purchased by the Government from China was positive as it could help support the Marine force to better control the underwater wealth in the Timor Sea.

*President Horta responds to court questions in written form *Suara Timor Lolrosa’e, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta said he had answered the questions provided by the Dili District Court in the written form regarding the country’s crises took place in 2006. “I have received notification from the court and I have also responded to it. I will not appear in the court; based on the law I could collaborate with the court,” President Horta said. President Horta explained that his answers were based on what he knew about petitioners and the slain rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado Alves. “I have sent ten times to the Public Prosecution including lawyers,” President Horta said. Meanwhile, Judge Antonio Goncalves has recently said the court wanted the case of Fatuahi to be ended soon therefore they sent questions to the president so the he could provide his testimony through written form.

*President Horta to promulgate law for domestic violence *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Promotion and Gender Equality, Idelta Maria Rodrigues said that President Jose Ramos Horta would promulgate law for domestic violence shortly. Rodrigues made the comments yesterday after meeting with President Horta at the Presidential Palace of Nicolau Lobato in Aitaraklaran, Dili. Rodrigues stressed that the Catholic Church disagreed with the article No. 3 of domestic violence law, adding that the president would hold dialog with the church side about this article. She said that it was important for all sides, particularly the church side to give their opinion about the article about family before the law was approved.

*Work of KAK in 100 days is to recruit staffs *Suara Timor Lolrosa’e, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Commissioner of the anti-corruption commission, Aderito de Jesus Soares said that the KAK’s work in 100 days was to recruit staffs for KAK. “We will be prepared to recruit our staffs and therefore we have not carried out our work,” Soares said. Soares stressed it was important to recruit staffs before this institution carried out its work to eradicate corruption in the country. “KAK is not a small group or private company that is why I am calling on the people to work with me,” Soares said. He added that his department had planned to recruit 35 up to 38 staffs based on the budget approved by the Parliament with the total US$1,045.

*Portuguese and Indonesia produced land certificate invalid *Suara Timor Lolrosa’e, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Justice Minister Lucia Lobato said that the land certificate produced in the Portuguese and Indonesia colonial period was invalid. Lobato said the law for land and property produced by the Government was now in the Parliament, but it did not guarantee it, adding that the only valid certificate was the one drafted by Timor-Leste. “I have presented the law for land and property to the Parliamentary Committee A, and I called on them to approve this law soon because mostly the local residents face problem due to land dispute,” Minister Lobato said. She added that the resident’s land certificate produced in Portuguese and Indonesian time would not be valid as many people had falsified such document at this time.

*Belo and Monteiro will not be separated *Diario Nacional, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Following the rumors mongering that Dili District Commander, Superintendent Chief Pedro Belo has resigned from his post due to different ideas with his police top commander. In response, Belo said he and the National Police Commander were united and would not be separated such rumors. “Mr. Monteiro and I have good relationship and I have recently accompanied him to the International Airport of Nicolau Lobato before he held official visit to the USA,” Belo said. Belo made the comments yesterday in the Komoro Marketplace regarding information widespread saying that his relationship with his commander Monteiro had not gone well so far.

*Soares: “KAK waits for concrete action” *Diario Nacional, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Commissioner for the anti-corruption commission, Aderito de Jesus Soares said the initiative of the National Parliament to set up Global Organization of Parliamentarian against Corruption (GOPAC) was positive. He said that he would wait for the concrete action of this institution on how to combat corruption appear within the Government’s institutions. Soares made the comments in relation to the establishment of the GOPAC by the Timorese Parliament. MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN) was elected by the MPs to lead the GOPAC for two years term.

*There is a progress reached by F-FDTL and PNTL *Diario Nacional, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta said he was pleased with the progresses reached by the Timorese Defense Force and the National Police. “I can say that many countries have reached their independence for about 30-40 years but there is no self-improvement. There is no positive progress within the National Army and Police,” President Horta said. He added, “Sometimes we make demand for ourselves and it is good. Sometimes we criticize ourselves and it is good and we are able to do so,” President Horta said.

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