Subject: Timor-Leste July 12, 2010

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Local Daily News

July 12, 2010

*Luta Hamutuk appreciates approval of Timor Leste to become EITI compliant country *Timor Newsline, July 12, 2010

Luta Hamutuk has expressed its appreciation and congratulation to the state of Timor Leste and national EITI multi stakeholder working group [CSOs, Government and Oil Companies] which has put efforts to bring the country as one of the EITI compliant countries in the world. Luta Hamutuk said during the EITI report validation national CSOs in Timor Leste actively had contributed to advance the validation process. It is civil society which initially agreed to adopt EITI reporting template for Timor Leste, continuously undertake dissemination activities about EITI up to grass root level and guarded the validation process until its approval by Board of the EITI International. On Friday, 2 July 2010. For Luta Hamutuk which has actively played the role of CSO in the multi-stakeholder working group, being a compliant country is just the beginning and we will continue the role to ensure that Timor Leste will implement EITI in the country to promote transparency of extractive industry thus can possibly bring prosperity to the people of Timor Leste. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is an international network for promoting transparency of oil & gas sector. This was initiated by civil society organizations (CSOs) who concerns about countries with abundant oil and gas. Experiences showed that having explored and exploited the respective resources people in the countries still live in poverty.

*Should not mix census with politics: Horta *Diario Nacional, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has called for the Timorese people to take part in census and called on them not to mix the census with politics. The president made the comments on Sunday (11/7) after getting first chance of census at his residence. “Today 11 of July 12, 2010, as head of state I am welcoming a team of census to start doing registration throughout the country,” Horta said. Horta said the team of census would visit your homes to ask you and pleased welcome them, as they had competence in this regard.

*Gusmao calls on Timorese people to participate in census *Diario Nacional, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has called on all the Timorese people to take part in the country’s census of population; due to this is a way to support the national development strategic planning (PEDN). The prime minister said every nation that was successful in its development ought to be up held with census of population. “Me and all members of the Government really need your contribution; therefore it is very important for you take part in the census of 2010,” Gusmao said. Gusmao stressed that census would be very useful for the Government to make a proper plan for the country’s development.

*All ministries engaged in corruption: Inspector general *Diario Nacional, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Inspector General, Francisco de Carvalho said all ministries of the country are suspected of being engaged in maladministration. According to Inspector General, Carvalho all the ministries are suspected of being engaged in committing maladministration. Carvalho stressed that the Inspectorate General had sent a lot of corruption cases to the Public Prosecution and the Anti-Corruption Commission (KAK) for legal proceedings. He added that if the Public Prosecution had given the KAK authority, so then the KAK could hold further investigation into the cases.

*Timor-Leste’s soldiers should remain calm: State secretary for defense *Diario Nacional, July 12, 2010 language Tetun: Tetun

State Secretary for Defense, Julio Thomas Pinto said the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) soldiers should remain calm in facing threat of Indonesia’s National Military (TNI) soldiers asking Oe-cusse’s Naktuka residents to leave the area. Pinto stressed that both Indonesia and Timor-Leste were trying to resolve this problem and said Naktuka area was the place that still 3% of under dispute. Pinto said the two governments to cooperate in resolving this 3% of the border land dispute in Oe-cusse. He also preferred launching investigation into the recent case happened in Naktuka in which the TNI soldiers had set deadline for the villagers to leave the place soon.

*Processing center for refugee should not be a bilateral issue: Alkatiri *Diario Nacional, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

The ex-Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri who is also the current Fretilin secretary general said processing center for refugee should not become a bilateral issue between Timor-Leste and Australia, as this was an international issue. Alkatiri was referring to the Australian Government’s proposal of setting up processing center for refugee in Timor-Leste. Alkatiri stressed that this was not a negotiation to purchase something from Australia, as it was international issue; therefore the UN’s involvement was necessary in this regard. Alkatiri also said anyone who entered Timor-Leste because of no protection in his/ her country; Timor-Leste could accept them.

*PNTL members not stupid: Police commissioner *Suara Timor Loror Sa’e, July 12, 2010

The Timorese National Police (PNTL) Commander, Commissioner Longinhos Monteiro said for about ten years the UN Police had been teaching the PNTL officers, yet the PNTL officers were alleged of incapable. “As commander, I do believe in my police officers, they are not stupid. I think some concepts are wrong, should not use capability as a policy,” Monteiro said. Monteiro stressed that so far a lot people had questioned capability of the PNTL officers, as major challenge, yet for him the one who had trained his officers was also incapable. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issue, Jose Luis Guterres said the Government would continue supporting the country’s national police, so that its could maintain security in the country.

*Lucia is responsible for Materus Bere’s release *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

MPs in the Parliament said Justice Minister, Lucia Lobato was reasonable to be responsible for the release of the ex-militia commander, Maternus Bere last year, as Bere’s release was against the country’s constitution. Meanwhile, the Fretilin Secretary General Mari Alkatiri said the court should also take Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and President Horta to respond to the court, as both Gusmao and Horta were the one who asked to release Bere. MP Fernanda Borges said it was too late for Minister Lucia Lobato to make a self-defense saying she was ordered by Gusmao and Horta. Borges said Minister Lobato should not make such decision, because it breached the constitution. The ex-militia commander, Maternus Bere was released on August 30, last year based on the request of President Horta, as it could impact bilateral ties of Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

*Gusmao feels sad as Dili flooded *Suara Timor Loro sa’e, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Following the recent heavy down fall in the Capital has made Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao feeling sad to see his people who are living in bad conditions in the Capital of Dili. During the flood, PM Gusmao was taking a look closer at the places were flooded and people’s houses which washed away. “I am feeling sad, because we are facing heavy rainy and it has caused flood everywhere in the country,” Gusmao said. Gusmao also contacted the Ministry of Infrastructure to help look at this matter and asked the Social Solidarity ministry to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims.

*National census starts at Gusmao’s home *Timor-Leste, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

National Census of Timor-Leste has started at Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao’s home on Sunday (11/7) by a census team from the Government. The leaders in the country who have been registered in the census are the president, prime minister, bishop of Dili, the UN secretary general’s special representative and the UNFPA’s representative. Prime Minister Gusmao called on the Timorese people to take part in the census of population, as it would help support the Government to make proper strategic planning for the country’s national development. The census of population for 2010 is implemented by the Government in cooperation with the UNFPA.

*Gusmao and Horta will follow Lucia Lobato *Timor Post, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin Secretary General Mari Alkatiri said President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao would follow Minister for Justice, Lucia Lobato to respond to the court regarding the release of the ex-militia commander, Maternus Bere last year. Alkatiri stressed that he agreed if President Horta and PM Gusmao to respond to the court regarding Bere’s release. “Everyone should be subject to justice. It will see whether it would really happen or not,” Alkariri said. In recent days, Minister Lobato said she was ready to be responsible for responding to the court and said she was ordered by some leaders including Horta to release Bere.

*Govt to hold discussion with all sides *Televizaun Timor Leste, July 10, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Government believes in President Jose Ramos Horta to lead discussion about the Australian prime minister’s proposal on setting up detention center for refugees in Timor-Leste, yet the Government is obliged to consult with oppositions and civil society for sharing opinions on the referred issue. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão made the comments meeting with President Jose Ramos Horta at the Presidential Palace of Nicolau Lobato in Aitaraklaran, Dili. PM Gusmão said in the past the Timorese people also experienced bad situation and therefore he believed in President Horta to lead this process. Meanwhile, President Jose Ramos Horta has called on the Australian Government to present the details of its proposal to the Timorese Government for further process.

*Likisa District residents pleased with free medical treatment by Korean doctors *Televizaun Timor Leste, July 10, 2010 language source: Tetun

Local resident of Likisa Districts were pleased with free medical treatment held by the Korean Doctors in Likisa on Thursday. Some local residents said they were pleased as it was a great chance for them to get free check up from the Korean Doctors. Deputy Health Minister Madalena Hanjan on behalf of the Timorese Government and people thanked the Korean Government, particularly their medical Doctors who were voluntarily coming to the country by providing free medical treatment to the Timorese people.


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