Subject: Timor-Leste News June 16, 2010

Local Daily News

June 16, 2010

*Australia urges Timorese Govt and Woodside to continue negotiation *Radio Timor-Leste, June 15, 2010 language source: Bahasa Indonesia

The Australian Government has urged the Timorese Government and Woodside Company to continue doing negotiation to seek for solution to the Greater Sunrise gas and oil field’s pipelines building issue. The Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Heyward made the comments in relation to Australia’s perspective on the Greater Sunrise’s negotiation which was being faced a deadlock. Heyward said the Australian Government would give its contribution in various ways in accelerating process of negotiation and said Australia would not close door for negotiation. He added that all necessities related to pipelines building should bring benefits to the two countries’ peoples. Meanwhile, the Timorese Government has recently decided to halt negotiation and delay exploration to the Greater Sunrise regarding the Woodside Company’s floating plant proposal.

*Lutahamutuk presents submission to parliamentary committee C *Radio Timor-Leste, June 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Lutahamutuk NGO has officially presented a submission to the parliamentary committee C regarding the additional state budget, due to it is in great amount. Lutahamutuk Program Manager, Joazito Viana said the Government’s proposal had no top priorities and strong reasons. Viana called on the National Parliament to make a consideration before approving the referred budget. According to Lutahamutuk, all the ministries are incapable of executing the country’s state budget properly. Therefore, the Government should not propose additional state budget, but it could only spend the initial state budget for 2010 which has not been spent all.

*Belo denies rumors on good relationship with his top commander *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Pedro Belo totally denied the recent rumors widespread saying he was in conflict with the Timorese National Police Commander Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro was false. “Some people said my relationship with Mr. Monteiro is not going on well and that is false, because I accompanied him to the International Airport of Nicolau Lobato when he departed to USA. Our relationship is going on well and therefore for me there is no problem,” Belo said. He explain the agreement made by the Government with the United Nations Police had limited power of the Dili District National Police to make decision to respond to any situation in the Capital of Dili, though they have limitation of power but he [Belo] sometimes had to order his officers to respond to any situation happened. “The supplementary agreement made by the Government with the UN Police has limited our power to carry out our work normally, but sometimes we have to respond the incident although there is no authorization. We do this because we want all people to live in a peaceful situation,” Belo added.

*UNTL academics continues protesting Minister Freitas’ decision *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Academics of the Universidade Nasionál Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) continue protesting decision made by the Minister of Education João Cancio Freitas about the UNTL’s status. Spokesperson of the UNTL, Constancio Pinto said they would continue urging the Minister of Education to respond to demand of FORSA of the UNTL in order to seek for better solution to this issue. “We are doing this in order to strengthen our recent rally, particularly we are urging the Government to review status of the UNTL which is in the process now,” Pinto said. He added that they would continue protesting until the Government responded to their demands positively.

*Lutahamutuk urges Parliament to monitor Govt’s work *Timor Newsline, June 16, 2010

Lutahamutuk NGO has urged the National Parliament to monitor the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government’s programs implementation and state budget execution. Lutahamutuk was referring to the Government’s incapability of executing the state budget, but has made a new proposal asking additional budget. The Parliament should consider failures made by the Government as national issue and should seek for solution to resolve it and should not use the failures to get people’s confidence. According to Lutahamutuk some of the ministries such as the Ministry of Economy and Development were incapable of making a proper plan, but it preferred carrying out the Agricultural Ministry’s work by distributing tractors and boats to the farmers and fishermen.

*Govt fights with Woodside not with Australia *Timor Post, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Natural Resources, Alfredo Pires said the Timorese Government fought with Woodside Company, but not with the Australia Government and said the Greater Sunrise oil field pipeline issue would not damage the two countries bilateral ties. Pires stressed that the Government was firmly to defend its policy of building the pipelines to Timor-Leste and so the Australian Government kept defending its position. Pires also said there were different opinions during a discussion between the National Petroleum Authority and Woodside Company, as the company was arrogant and it would not impact relations of both Australia and Timor-Leste. “Relationship of the two governments is good. We are discussing the issue with Woodside on the Timor-Leste’s options,” Pires said.

*No land rent contract for ENSUL up to 99 years *Timor Post, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun Minister for Economy and Development, Joao Gonsalves has denied the recent allegation made by the Democratic Party (PD) saying he had made land rent contract for Portuguese Ensul Company for up 99 years. Gonsalves said the agreement made with the company for leasing the land was only up to 50 years and said there would be change to the agreement if it was necessary. Gonsalves stressed that had sent a letter to the Parliament in a way that he could explain it in the plenary. He also strongly condemned the allegation made by the PD MPs, due to it was false and was baseless.

*US $ 2 million allocated to PNTL *Timor Post, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres said they had presented additional state budget to the Parliamentary Committee B for Defense and Security worth US $ 4 million and said US $ 2 million of such a great amount to be spent for the police operations. Guterres stressed that this total amount of the additional state budget would also be allocated to the country’s Fire Brigade Department and Civil Security. Guterres also said the amount of the additional budget would help support vehicle maintenance of the National Police. Meanwhile, MP Duarte Nunes from the Committee B said such a great amount would be allocated to support the PNTL’s work.

*Timor Leste negotiates with UNMIT *Timor Post, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres said the Government had negotiated with the United Nations Integrated Mission (UNMIT) in Timor-Leste on the supplementary agreement which limited the Timorese National Police’s role in responding situation. Guterres stressed that the Government was committed to changing the agreement, as the country’s current situation was different from the crises in 2006. Guterres also said only the police stations that had taken security control responsibility role were not limited, but for those that yet to receive security responsibility was limited by the agreement. We have the agreement, we are negotiating with UNMIT, but it is bit hard, as UNMIT should ask New York, if New York agrees, we can continue it,” Guterres said.

*MED to take MP da Costa to court *Diario Nacional, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Minister for Economy and Development, João Goncalves said he would take MP Lucas da Costa to the court, because he mentioned Goncalves spouse’s name in the agreement made with the Portuguese Ensul Company. “I myself will take MP Lucas da Costa to the court as he has defamed me,” Minister Goncalves said. Minister Goncalves also called on MP da Costa to prepare evidences as what he did was defamation and it had damaged his wife’s reputation.

*Task Force Police officers maltreat journalist *Diario Nacional, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

A journalist from Diario Nacional daily, João da Silva was maltreated by the Timorese National Police (PNTL) Task Force officers on Tuesday (15/6). Da Silva was beaten up by the task force police officers when he was taking picture of the police officers who detained a young man who rode motorbike without using helmet. Da Silva said he had explained the task force officers that he was journalist, but they did not care about it, adding he was forced by the police to delete all the pictures he took.

*Woodside should abide by decision made by ANP of Australia and TL *Diario Nacional, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The State Secretary for Natural Resources, Alfredo Pires said the Woodside Company should abide by the decision made by the National Petroleum Authority of Australia and Timor-Leste. Pires said that the Woodside should abide the decision of ANP in order to gain confidence. “There is no alternative for the Woodside Company,” Pires Said. Pires said tthe relationship of the Timorese and Australian Governments was going well, but the most important thing was communication should be based on the process through Sunrise commission of ANP.

*Borges: There is indication of corruption within all the ministries *Diario Nacional, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN) said that there was an indication of corruption within all the ministries Timor-Leste. “I am ready to say that there are many corruptions in this country. The most problems with each ministry is corruption and therefore the anti-corruption commission (KAK) should function well. The National Parliament has set up an institution called Gopac and I myself lead this institution and this institution was set up by MPs voluntarily to eradicate corruption in the country,” MP Borges said. Borges made stressed that the Government had spent money from Petroleum Fund at least US$1 billion, but there was no clear explanation from the Government about the money spent. Meanwhile, MP Natalino dos Santos from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) said it was normal for MPs to question the general state budget execution. “The Government has done many good things in the country, but they have not seen it,” MP dos Santos said.

*Ambassador Heyward: Australia has commission for negotiation *Diario Nacional, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Heyward said the Australian Government has a commission to negotiate with the Timorese Government about LNG pipelines for the Greater Sunrise gas and oil field in the Timor Sea. “We have a commission to specifically design for that,” Ambassador Heyward said. The ambassador made the comments yesterday after meeting with President Jose Ramos Horta talking on eye treatment health program in Timor-Leste. Heyward added he neither knew the LNG pipelines from the Greater Sunrise would be built to Australia or to Timor-Leste, adding that the Timorese and Australian Governments should seek for solution to resolve this problem soon.

*Guterres: This is hard process *Diario Nacional, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres said the Dili District Police had asked him to review the supplementary agreement made by the Timorese Government with the United Nations Police, but it was difficult, as it should go through a complicated process. “Supplementary agreement which is about security power of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) to be handed over to the National Police to control security itself, but it must be agreed by New York,” Guterres said. Meanwhile, the Dili District Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Pedro Belo said they were not able to respond to any situation in the capital of Dili, due to they had to wait for authorization from the UN Police before responding to the incident. We are negotiating with UNMIT about the supplementary agreement, but it is very hard to make decision as the UNMIT has to get authorization from New York and they will tell us about its result soon,” Belo said.

The reports have been provided by Timor-Leste Subscriber News Local and International Media Monitoring and any enquiries should be directed to that organization. The following statement is attached to every report we receive. Timor-Leste Subscriber News Local and International Media Monitoring. (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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