Subject: Timor-Leste News June 25, 2010

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)

Local Daily News June 25, 2010

*PM Gusmão calls for evidence *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has called on his deputy for Public Administration and Good Governance, Mario Viegas Carrascalão to present evidences money US$3 million went missing in the Ministry of Finance. PM Gusmão made the call yesterday after presenting additional state budget to the National Parliament. He stressed that it was important for Carrascalão to show evidence, so that the competent institution could hold a profound investigation into the case. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Mario Viegas Carrascalão has asked Inspectorate General to investigate the case to uncover the truth.

*PM Gusmão: Rud’s resignation will not impact on bilateral ties of TL-Australia *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that the resignation of the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd would not affect the bilateral ties of Timor-Leste and Australia in the future. The Australian PM Kevin Rudd resigned himself from political post assumed due to lacking of support from the Labor Party. The Deputy President of Labor Party Julia is now temporarily substituting Rudd for the post.

*No human resources prepared yet to implement decentralization development: Fretilin *Radio Timor-Leste, June 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin MP Elizario Fereira said there were no human resources well-prepared yet from the local authorities yet to implement decentralization development package known as PDD. MP Fereira said the Government made its policy to strengthen the private sector, yet so far there had no proper human resource prepared to implement any projects in the country. According to him, the PDD package was not different from the referendum package project that had only benefited certain group of people. The proposed additional budget for the PDD is worth US $ more than 30 million that would be spent for civil construction.

*PDD a phase prepared for decentralization *Radio Timor-Leste, June 24, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Reconstruction (CNRT) bench said the Decentralization Development Package (PDD) was a preparation phase for decentralization to give the local authorities power to implement development projects throughout the country. MP Carmelita Moniz said based on the analyses made by the public that so far the local authorities were not optimally get involved in making decision, yet the PDD would give the local Government to do an optimal controlling. Moniz stressed that the PDD was different from the referendum package project, as the PDD would give the local entrepreneurs to implement the project. She added that such strategy was an advantage to increase job creation, economic development and infrastructure improvement in the rural area.

*SRSG Haq commends Portugal for its vital contributions to Timor-Leste *Timor Newsline, June 25, 2010

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Timor-Leste (SRSG), Ms. Ameerah Haq has expressed deep appreciation to Portuguese leaders and through them the people of Portugal, for their vital contributions to the development of Timor-Leste. SRSG Haq briefed the Portuguese leaders on the latest situation in the country highlighting the progress made since the 2006 crises and provided updates since the last report of the Secretary-General (S/2010/85). She acknowledged Portugal’s support to the security sector, most notably its personnel contributions to UNMIT Police and the Military Liaison Group. Haq expressed her deepest condolences on the death of Hermenegildo Almeida Marques on 21 June in a car accident in Manatuto while on duty. She noted progress in the development of a “professional, modern, democratic national police service owes much to the important work of dedicated international police officers like Officer Marques.” The Minister of Home Affairs Rui Pereira and Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) National Director Superintendent Francisco Maria Correia de Oliveira Pereira responded positively to the SRSG’s request for additional police officers. She had asked them to identify and deploy police officers with the required skill sets to mentor and train their PNTL counterparts. President Cavaco Silva, Foreign Minister Amado and other leaders cited the “special relationship” between Portugal and Timor-Leste and affirmed Portugal’s strong commitment to assisting Timor-Leste, while working closely with the SRSG and UNMIT. Portugal’s valuable contributions in strengthening democratic and judicial institutions, in language training, poverty alleviation, agriculture, health and education were also acknowledged in the meetings. The SRSG’s visit to Lisbon will be followed by a visit to Paris to participate in a meeting of the UN Senior Advisory Group on the Review of International Civilian Capacities and a visit to Madrid to discuss police matters with senior officials of the Government of Spain.

*Lasama calls on MTCI to make self-improvement *Timor Post, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Parliamentary President Fernando “Lasama” Araujo has called on the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry the Ministry of Education and the State Secretariat for Water Supply and Electricity to improve their management. The country’s leaders and including the Parliamentary Members many times concerned about management of distributing subsidized rice by the MTCI. MPs also urged the minister for education, minister for MTCI and state secretary for water supply and electricity to resign from their post, as they were incapable of carrying out their work. Lasama added it was time now for the minister for the MCTI to make self-reflection to improve mechanism of distributing rice, due to the public was concerned about.

*Joint military training is “business”: HAK *Timor Post, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Executive Director for HAK [human right association], Rui Viana has questioned the ongoing joint military training by the US Army, the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) and the International Stabilization Force (ISF) saying it is a business. Viana stressed that the army used the joint training to negotiate, so that other military forces could purchase its guns and other military equipments. “I give you an example; the US Army is currently having a joint training with the F-FDTL, they came with modern military equipments. The F-FDTL is using them for training, later they ask the F-FDTL to purchase such equipments,” Viana said. Viana added that Government should look at this carefully by linking it to the country’s internal security concept and said Timor-Leste is a new country, no need for it to purchase a lot military equipment.

*PNTL does not respond to situation, residents panic *Timor Post, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

The local residents of Bairo Pite, a suburb of the Capital Dili panic with the recent conflict engaging gangsters, leaving one young man killed, as the police do not respond to the situation instantly. A local resident, Marcos Geronimo who is living in Delta said when the clash happened, they contacted directly police, but they dispatched too late for responding the situation. Geronimo said before the National Police (BOP) arrived at the scene, the UN Police was there, but their action was not optimal and that made the clash continued to happen longer. On the other hands, Francsico Monteiro said he was also concerned about the police’s presence, as many time the National Police pledged to provide security, but I fact they were late to respond to situation.

*PNTL and UNFPA launch book on gender-based violence *Timor Post, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Police (PNTL) and the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) have launched annual book on gender-based violence. The UN Deputy Chief, Finn Rieske Nielsen said this book was specifically prepared for the PNTL to use it. Nielsen stressed that he was pleased with the book, because it really reflected practically for all the people to use in global level. Meanwhile, the PNTL Deputy Commander, Afonso de Jesus said this could help facilitate his police officers, mainly for the police vulnerable unit (VPU). State Secretary for Promotion and Gender Equality, Idelta Rodrigues said this book was prepared in longer time and hoped it would be useful for the country.

*PNTL will detain drunkard in the roadside *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timorese Police Deputy Commander, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus, has said that the National Police would detain the drunkard in the road side. The commander called on all the young people not to drink wine in the road side or in the public sites. De Jesus stressed that from now on the police to hold routine operations for detaining the drunkard. “PNTL is carrying out their work based on the existing law to hold routine patrol and if some people found drunk in the roadside then they would be detained by the Police,” de Jesus said. He also called on all the people to cooperate with the National Police to contribute to security and stability in the country as it was part of development process to prevent conflict in the future.

*PN Gusmão call for better control for security *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has called on the National Police to better control and to maintain security in the country, particularly in the capital of Dili. PM Gusmão made the comments yesterday in Parliament, because some young people provoked each other and intended to appear conflict. Gusmao said the recent clash appeared in the capital of Dili had left some of young people killed was a way to hamper the Government’s motto “Adeus Conflitu Benvindu Dezenvolvimentu” Goodbye conflict, welcome development. PM Gusmão stressed that the national police should better maintain and control security in the country to prevent undesirable thing might happen in the future. “I am calling on the National Police to better control the young people not to appear conflict in the country, otherwise it will difficult for us to be out of fragile situation,” PM Gusmão said.

*Additional state budget approved *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Government’s proposal presented to the National Parliament asking for additional budget had been approved generally by the Parliament yesterday. The Government has recently presented its proposal to the parliament asking additional money US$178 million in order to respond to people’s necessities. Meanwhile, MP Francisco Branco from Fretilin said although the National Parliament had approved the additional state budget, but they would continue urging the Government to reduce the money, particularly money that would allocate to unnecessary items. “In our observation that no need for some Ministries to have additional budget as the state general budget allocated to their Ministries has been executed but in a small percentage and if they have additional state budget then they will spend the money recklessly,” MP Branco.

*It is fault of State, Parents and Church *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Martial Art Federation of Timor-Leste (FESTIL) has blamed the state, parents and churches and saying the conflict appears between martial art clubs in the country and spread to Indonesia is the fault of the state, religious institutions and parents educating and guiding their boys and girls. FESTIL President, Aniceto Guro-Barteni Neves said that some martial art clubs’ followers that engaged in conflict due to the parents had not taken care of their children and also lacked of moral from their teacher in the school. “Such bad attitude has appeared so far is not our fault only, but also fault of the state, churches, and parents to take care of their children and also lack of moral from their teachers in the schools. It is fault of priests, nuns and bishops to give moral as christen. It is also fault of local leaders to control young people,” Neves said. Neves added the criminal acts happened in the country due to lacking of attention from the state leaders including civil society Meanwhile, the Timorese Operational Commander, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes has said the National Police has detained attacker and some people who engaged in recent act of crime in Delta III to be investigated.

*Domestic Law approved, church congratulates Govt *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Bishop for Dili Diocese, Monsignor Alberto Ricardo da Silva has congratulated the Government, particularly President Jose Ramos Horta for his approval on the Law of Domestics Violence June 22. The State Secretary for Promotion and Gender Equality, Idelta Maria Rodrigues made the comments on 23/ 6 after participating in the launch of gender-based manual book at Hotel Timor. “I have received an official letter from Bishop for Dili Diocese and it is state that the church side congratulates our collaboration and they totally support promulgation of law for domestic violence,” Rodrigues said. She also called on the related ministries such as Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Ministry of Justice, and religious institutions to collaborate with one another for implementing the law in the country.

*UNDP holds training on land measurement *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

The United Nations for Development Program (UNDP) in Timor-Leste has held training on the land measurement to agricultural officers, forestry guards and living environment department staffs. Trainer from CCT-NCBA, Felisberto Pereira said the Timorese forest was now at risk and therefore it was important to hold conservation to the land spoiled or damaged. “Forest of Timor-Leste is now at risk and therefore it is important for us to hold conservation to the land that has been destructed,” Pereira said. The Training was held by the UNDP in collaboration with nine National NGOs such as Timorese Network for Forestry (RSFTL), CCT-NCBA, SANTALUM, PERMATIL and Belun. Pereira said the objective of the training was to share information an improve skills of the agricultural officers about land and water conservation and how to use organic fertilizer, adding that it was part of reducing destruction of living environment in the future.

*Fretilin calls on PM Gusmão to sack out Minister Alves *Diario Nacional, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Joaquim dos Santos from Fretilin has called on Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to sack out Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Industry Gil Alves da Costa from his post as he failed to manage the Government’s subsidized rice to the residents. MP dos Santos said was important for PM Gusmão not to defend Minister Alves as he was incapable of managing rice distribution with the price US$12, but it had been sold more than US$12 in the rural areas. I see PM Gusmão defend his Minister Gil da Costa Alves,” MP dos Santos said. He also called on PM Gusmão to sack out the State Secretary for Electricity, Clean Water and Urbanization Januario Pereira; because he failed to manage well electricity in the Capital of Dili as power outage had appeared so far.

*PNTL commander calls for collaboration *Diario Nacional, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timorese Police Deputy Commander, Commissioner Police Afonso de Jesus, has called on all sides to collaborate well with the National Police in order to contribute to Peace and Stability in the country. The commander called for collaboration due to the recent incident took place in Delta of Elemloi and Hudilaran, leaving a young killed. “You all know that the National Police officers are carrying out their work well in collaboration with the United Nations Police, but it is important to know that the National Police of Dili district is yet to receive security responsibility from the UN Police,” de Jesus said. He added that the national police would continue carrying out their work to prevent undesirable thing that might happen in the future.The Parliamentary Committee B for Defense and Security President, Duarte Nunes said the recent maltreatment by the Task Force police to the journalist of Diario Nacional and the maltreatment engaged the F-FDTL Marine force officer in Hera were act of crime and therefore it should be processed legally. Nunes stressed the security officers should be more disciplined when responding to any case in the filed, adding sometimes only some certain people engaged act of crime, but the public involve institution’s name. “it is not the institution to respond to the case but individual who is drunken so let us see the process if he/she will remain as National Police or Army officer,” Nunes said. Meanwhile, a National University student, Anselmo da Conceicao, said the it was important to take a necessary action against those National Police and Army officers who breach internal rules of the PNTL and F-FDTL institutions.

*F-FDTL-PNTL maltreat young people breach rules *Diario Nacional, June 25, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Parliamentary Committee B for Defense and Security President, Duarte Nunes said the recent maltreatment by the Task Force police to the journalist of Diario Nacional and the maltreatment engaged the F-FDTL Marine force officer in Hera were act of crime and therefore it should be processed legally. Nunes stressed the security officers should be more disciplined when responding to any case in the filed, adding sometimes only some certain people engaged act of crime, but the public involve institution’s name. “it is not the institution to respond to the case but individual who is drunken so let us see the process if he/she will remain as National Police or Army officer,” Nunes said. Meanwhile, a National University student, Anselmo da Conceicao, said the it was important to take a necessary action against those National Police and Army officers who breach internal rules of the PNTL and F-FDTL institutions.


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