Subject: Timor-Leste July 14, 2010

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Local Daily News

July 14, 2010

*Veterans condemns PNTL’s Belo *Diario Nacional, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese veterans have strongly condemned the recent comments made by the Dili District Police Commander, Pedro Belo saying that it is not the time anymore to valorize the ex-guerrilla fighters’ struggle. The representatives of the veterans, Bisoi, Riak Leman, L-7 and Renan Selak said they were concerned about such comments as it was like an insult to the country’s veterans. The veterans also called on the minister for defense and security to resolve this case as soon as possible. The Dili District Police seized MP L-7’s car recently, as they suspected him of engaged in illegal business by purchasing and selling imported wheels without having any proper documents.

*HAK calls on Horta and Gusmao to be responsible for Bere’s release *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

HAK [Timorese Human Rights Association] has called on President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to be responsible for the release of the ex-militia commander, Maternus Bere last year. HAK said Bere’s release was not Justice Minister, Lucia Lobato’s fault, yet Horta and Gusmao should also be responsible for the release, because these two leaders were involved in decision making. Director for HAK, Rui Viana said everyone should be subject to the law, it should not be applied only to the ordinary people; he therefore called on the Public Prosecution to summon the president and prime minister to respond to it in the Public Prosecution. Viana added that President Horta and Prime Minister Gusmao should be responsible for that, being leader should be a good example for the people to follow.

*Civil society rejects refugee processing center *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese NGOs has rejected the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s proposal of setting up refugee processing center in Timor-Leste, as the country just left the conflict years ago and needs to make a self-improvement. Director for the Forum of NGOs, Denora Grandineira said she was concerned about this proposal and said they rejected it. Grandineira added that Timor-Leste was facing many problems, people were still living in poverty and the country also had internally displaced people (IDP) problem by the crises in 2010. She added that the pesident should think wisely before accepting this proposal, as he made many promises to make Capital Dili as city of the peace.

*Timorese should defend stability: MPs *Diario Nacional, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

MPs from Fretilin and Social Democratic Party (PSD) have called on all the Timorese people to read UNTAS [a pro-Indonesia organization] documents to firmly defend stability of the country. “It is better us to read the documents of UNTAS, so that we can defend the country’s stability and should not make it as an issue, otherwise we would always fight each other,” MP Osorio Florindo said. MP Florindo said the UNTAS’ documents was made in a conference held in Indonesia and was written in Portuguese. Florindo affirmed that in this document the UNTAS stated to continue destabilizing the country’s stability. Meanwhile, MP Hernes Barros from PSD said Timor-Leste should consider this an important issue, because it was trying to create instability in the country.

*Timor-Leste does not want to resolve Naktuka case by force *Dairio Nacional, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Parliamentary Committee B for Defense and Security President Duarte Nunes said Timor-Leste did not want to resolve the Naktuka border case by force, as it preferred resolving it amicably. MP Nunes made the comments in relation to the Indonesia’s TNI soldiers that had set deadline for the Naktuka residents to leave soon the area. Nunes stressed that Timor-Leste would not make any show of force in the border, mainly what had happened in Naktuka. He added that the best way to resolve this case ought to be going through a diplomatic way, because the recent case in the border engaging individual soldiers of the TNI.

*Shout at UN Police: Belo *Dairio Nacional, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District Police Commander, Pedro Belo said traffic service in the Capital Dili was not going well; therefore the leaders should be shouting at the UN Police to improve it, as the UN Police was responsible for security in the Capital Dili. Commander Belo said the country’s leaders should not ask the National Police about this, but should call on the UN Police. “As they all know that the agreement made between the Timorese Government and the UN is that security responsibility is in the hands of the UN Police,” Belo said. Belo added that his police officers had been working for 24 hours, but they had not been paid with any per diem. “PNTL has no per diem, I was surprised when they talked on the referred per diem,” Belo said.

*Ex-guerilla fighters set ultimatum to PNTL *Timor Post, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese ex-guerilla fighters in the Parliament have set an ultimatum to the National Police commander to take a necessary action against the police officers who engaged in insulting MPs Cornelio “L-7” Gama and Faustino Renan Selak are also the ex-guerilla fighters. The ex-guerilla fighters and the MPs made the ultimatum regarding a police officer insulted Renan Selak in Lautem saying that MP Renan Selak was “bandit”, While, the Dili district Police commander Superintendent Chief Pedro Belo stated that time to respect contribution of the ex-guerilla fighters had passed. MP Renan Selak called on the minister for defense and security to take necessary action against the police officers who had insulted the ex-guerilla fighters as they were dissatisfied with such insult. “We call on the Minister for Defense and Security Xanana Gusmăo to take a necessary action against the police who had insulted MP Gama and me,” Renan Selak said. Meanwhile, the Dili District Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Pedro Belo said the PNTL would always respect the ex-guerilla fighters, but it was an obligation for the national Police to carry out its work based on the Timorese Constitution.

*Parliament not against Govt idea *Timor Post, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Pedro Martires da Costa from the National Congress fro the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) said the recent parliamentary statement had not intended to oppose the idea of the Timorese Government of disagreeing with the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s of setting up refugee processing center in the country. Da Costa was referring to the resolution produced by the Parliament to reject the Australian Government’s proposal. Our decision will not oppose the recent statement of Prime Minsiter Xanana Gusmăo, adding that our statement is mastery for negotiation,” da Costa said. Meanwhile, President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmăo last week said that it was important to hold open discussion with all sides to share opinions about this issue.

*Public Prosecution threatens Mauleki for two up to three years in prison *Timor Post, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Public Prosecution has charged Osorio Mauleki to face prison term for two up to three years regarding the attacks on the Palace of the Government On April 28, 2006. Speaking to journalists, Prosecutor Landim said the Public Prosecution charged Mauleki was based on the evidences proved in the court by the witnesses, as he was the one who provoked the situation. “Starting from initial trial process up to this time the Public Prosecution have evidences from the witnesses that the violence took place at the Government’s Palace because of the words of Mauleki,” Landim said. Landim added that the accused also involved in the rally held by the petitioning soldiers, where he made an addresses to the mobs.

*It is right to shout at the United Nations Police *Timor Post, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Dili District Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Pedro Belo said it was possible for the state leaders to shout at the United Nations Police, because the National Police was yet to respond to situation in the capital of Dili, due to the supplementary agreement had not allowed them to do so. Belo said the National Police would carry out its work based on the supplementary agreement, adding that the United Nations Police was responsible for the security situation in the capital of Dili. “We have to look at the agreement made with the UN Police and why the state leaders, MP do not shout at the UN Police? Because they are responsible for maintaining security in Dili,” Belo said. Belo added, “We all now know that security maintenance in the Dili is the United Nations Police’s responsibility, as it is guaranteed by the supplementary agreement made by the Government and the UN Police and therefore we do nothing as it limits us to do much more.”

*AMP and Fretilin urge dismissal of Pedro Belo *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

MPs from the Parliamentary Majority Alliance and Fretilin have urged minister for defense and security to sack the Dili District Police Commander, Pedro Belo from his post, as he does not respect the country’s veterans. MP Riak Leman said it was better to contact Commander Belo coming to explain his comments rather than the veterans themselves to take action against him. Meanwhile, MP David Diaz Ximenes said such comments showing that Belo was an opportunist, as he had never experienced the country’s resistance to gain its independence. During a telephone interview, Belo denied that he had never made such comments to oppose the veterans.

*Fretilin urges PNTL to be responsible for defaming veterans *Radio Timor-Leste, July 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin MP Estanislau da Silva has called on the Parliamentary Committee B for defense and security to urge the Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers to be responsible for defaming the country’s ex-guerilla fighter, Cornelio “L-7” Gama from the UNDERTIM party. MP Da Silva made the comments during a plenary in relation to an allegation made by the PNTL police officers saying MP L-7 engaged in illegal business. Da Silva stressed that if L-7 did something wrong, so then the police could treat him as the country’s citizen and took the case to the Public Prosecution humanly and should not make him offended. Meanwhile, another ex-guerilla fighter, Renan Selak who is also the UNDERTIM MP was also insulted by a police officer in Lospalos. Renan Selak urged the PNTL commander to sack his officer; otherwise he would be in danger. MP Hermen Barros called on the PNTL commander to pay attention to this matter, as these police officers had not appreciated the veterans’ struggle for the country’s independence.

*Hatulia local residents urge Govt to rehabilitate roads *Radio Timor-Leste, July 13, 2010 language source: Tetun

Hatulia local residents of Ermera district has urged the Government led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to rehabilitate roads from sub district to the capital of that district, as the roads are not passable. The local residents made the comments during a meeting with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao talking on the Government’s national development plan on Tuesday (13/7). The Public Radio journalist, Tito Filipe the road conditions from Hatulia to Gleono of Ermera could not be passable during the rainy season and that had complicated the public transport. Cipriano da Silva as youth representative said Ermera district was potential to coffee plantation and other agricultural projects, yet the road conditions had been the major challenge to sell their products.

*Parliamentary woman group will recommend result of national conference *Televizaun Timor-Leste, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary Women Group will present result of the national conference about reproductive health and sex education to the Government. The Parliamentary Woman Group President, Josefa Pereira made the comments after participating in the national conference held at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s hall yesterday. Pereira said it was important to present the outcomes of the conference to the Government, so that the Government could take a necessary action to resolve problems faced in the country, particularly health reproductive and sex education. Pereira added that the Parliament was starting to produce law that would regulate people who would get married at under age. “The Parliament will produce law for regulating people to get married under age, particularly for the young girls,” Pereira said. Meanwhile, Minister for education, Joao Cancio Freitas said the sex education would be included in the national curriculum, so that it could be taught in the school. At the same time Deputy Health Minister, Madalena Hanjan, said mortality number was staying in high in the country and therefore the Health Ministry was making efforts to reduce it through a program called SISCA.

*National census is important: Lasama *Televizaun Timor-Leste, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary President, Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo said that the national census was important as it would identify how many people were in Timor-Leste. Lasama called on all people to provide true data to the team of census as it would also be positive to the National Parliament, particularly to the MPs to hold research and monitoring. “I am calling on all the people to provide factual data to the census team as it is also positive to help work of the MPs to hold research,” Lasama said. The national census is not conducted to have data about people of Timor-Leste only, but also to know number of foreigners in the country and to identify what their job or activities are.


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