Subject: Timor-Leste News July 15, 2010

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July 15, 2010

*Public Prosecution shows positive step: Civil society *Radio Timor-Leste, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

A member of civil society, Maria Angelina Sarmento said the country’s Public Prosecution had showed power and competence following its decision of charging Minister for Justice, Lucia Lobato as the accused of the ex-militia commander, Maternus Bere’s release. Sarmento stressed that Minister Lucia Lobato being the accused was a positive step for the Public Prosecution in promoting cultural justice in Timor-Leste. “It shows that they really have competence to take the case which is being demanded by the public in which a minister was charged as the accused,” Sarmento said. She added that the state institutions had started following normal rules to honor principle of justice in the country. She preferred the Public Prosecution to take fair and balanced decision to the leaders who were believed to have been engaged in releasing Bere.

*Commander Belo ready to resign from his post *Radio Timor-Leste, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District Police Commander, Pedro Belo said he was ready to resign from his post if would be found guilty by evidence in relation to the recent media publications that he had insulted the country’s ex-guerilla fighter, Cornelio “L-7” Gama. Belo stressed that a new generation he did appreciate and respect contribution of the veterans to the country’s independence. However, he said being the member of the state institution they were obliged to protect and provide security to the country’s people, as well as taking necessary action against any attitude which breached the law. “If have really insulted the veterans, I am ready to resign from my post,” Belo said. Belo added that the Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, recent publication was falsehood and manipulation to create instability within the community.

*Commander Belo wants to appear in Parliament *Radio Timor-Leste, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Dili District Police Commander, Chief Inspector Pedro Belo has stated his readiness to appear in the Parliament for clarifying the recent media publications saying he engaged in insulting the country’s guerilla fighter. The commander said the recent operations of the police by setting up check point to seize a truck which was full of wheels had no relations with the veteran. Belo called on the Parliament to collect all his interviewing recordings from the media and played them, so that it could uncover the truth. Belo added that his side only carried out their duty by providing security to every citizen based on the constitution. During the operations, the police seized more than 60 wheels which had no proper documents.

*Border vision is to create peace not to use force *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Mariano “Asanami” Sabino said vision of the border was to create peace, stability and harmony and should not use force to frighten the local residents. Asanami also called on the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL), National Police and the Indonesia’s TNI soldiers to cooperate with each other and should not use force in the border. “Harmony should exist in the border and gun fire should be avoided otherwise it will frighten the local residents, adding they are the institution which are deploying in the border to ensure security,” Sabino said. Asanami made the comments yesterday in Delta Nova regarding the recent infiltration of the Indonesia’s TNI soldiers that had illegally entered the country’s area.

*TL, Indonesia and Australia to hold joint sea patrol *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Government through the State Secretary for Defense has panned to hold a joint patrol on the sea together with the Indonesian and Australian Marine forces to protect the under water wealth. “The Government has planned to hold joint exercise or joint patrol on the sea this is because we have lack of facilities that can support us to hold patrol ourselves. Adding that it will bring great benefit for the country and therefore it is important to cooperate with our neighboring countries,” Julio Tomas Pinto said. Pinto added that the cooperation had been created with the Indonesian and Australian Marine forces were positive to combat illegal fishing in the Timor Sea.

*Govt allocates US$650 million to Infrastructure Ministry *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Finance and Planning Minister, Emilia Pires, has confirmed that the Government would allocate US$650 million to the Ministry of Infrastructure, particularly in the area of communication to control businessmen and to seek for another telecom company to invest in the country and to compete with the Timor Telecom. Minister Pires said it was important for the Government to create a condition that would allow enterprisers to seek for another international telecom company that wanted to come and invest in the country. “We make contract with the businessmen and allow another qualified telecomm company from another country that can bring benefit to the Timorese people, adding that they should have good communication with the TT in order to prevent a possible prejudicial in the future. The TT is the current company which is managing communication in the country but it was too expensive comparing to the coast of telecommunication in Indonesia.

*State to save Minister Lobato *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Vital dos Santos from the Democratic Party (PD) said the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) Government would not put hands into the case, yet the Government had its own way to save Justice Minister Lucia Lobato from the legal charge. MP dos Santos made the comments yesterday saying that the Government would not put hands into the legal process of the case of releasing the ex-militia commander Maternus Bere on 30 August last year. Dos Santos added Timor-Leste was a democratic country and therefore legal process for Bere’s release to be continued, adding that it was important to look at the national interest as well. “It is not mistake of the Justice Minister Lucia Lobato as she just implemented decision made for the national interest, which mainly about the country’s stability,” MP dos Santos said. MP dos Santos added that the other reason of freeing Bere was because of socio-economy, security and geography aspects of the country.

*Naktuka case needs to be resolved amicably: Indonesian ambassador *Diario Nacional, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Indonesian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Eddy Setiabudi has called on the Timorese and Indonesian Governments to resolve the recent Naktuka border case amicably. “It is important for us to resolve the problem with amicably without violence. This problem happened because there was a technical problem; therefore we need to resolve it peacefully,” Setiabudi said. State Secretary for Oe-cusse Region, Jorge da Concecao Teme reported that Indonesia’s TNI soldiers had set deadline for the Naktuka local residents to leave the area, as it was still under dispute.

*Timor-Leste is not Australia’s doll: Carrascalao *Diario Nacional, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Public Administration and Good Governance, Mario Viegas Carrascalao said Timor-Leste was an independent country and it would not be a doll for Australia and other countries. Carrascalao made the comments in relation to the Australian prime minister’s proposal of setting up refugee processing center in Timor-Leste. Carrascalao said so far he had not read the official proposal from Australia, but once it had been in the ground, the Council of Ministers would discuss it first and said he would vote against the proposal. “I disagree with this proposal and will firmly to vote against it in the Council of Ministers. But if its passes we would abide by it, but I do believe that many of the Government officials will not agree with this proposal,” Carrascalao said.

*Stop pipelines building with refugee processing center: MP *Diario Nacional, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Agusto “Tara” from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) who is also an ex-veteran said the Australian Government used proposal of refugee processing center to impede process of building the Greater Sunrise’s pipelines to Timor-Leste. Tara said Timor-Leste disagreed with the LNG floating plant, because the Greater Sunrise gas and oil field belonged to Timor-Leste. “Timorese people want the pipelines to be brought to the country; therefore the Australian Government made the proposal to impede the pipelines building,” Tara said. Tara added that all the Timorese veterans would unite to firmly defend the Government’s policy of building the pipelines to the country.

*Fretilin and UNDERTIM to uncover UNTAS’ intelligence in Timor-Leste *Diario Nacional July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin and UNDERTIM party will make efforts to uncover intelligence activities by UNTAS [a pro-Indonesia organization], as it aims at integrating the Timorese people with Indonesia. MP Osorio Soares said as the country citizens all the Timorese should unite to defend the country’s stability from the outsiders. Meanwhile, MP Ernes Barros from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) said Timor-Leste should pay attention to the UNTAS’ documents, because it could create instability in the country. The UNTAS was established in Kupang in 2000 [West Timor] of Indonesia which aimed to continue fighting for the Timorese integration into Indonesia.

*HAK calls on L-7 to take his case to Public Prosecution *Timor Post, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Director for HAK [Timorese Human Rights Association], Rui Viana has called on MP Cornelio “L-7” Gama to take the case he is facing to the Public Prosecution, as everyone is under the law in the country. Viana called on the veterans not use politics to put hands into the legal process, because whatever cases should be resolved through legal process and everyone should abide by the law. Viana said the police might have strong reason in this regard, yet it was still known to the public. Rui added it was important to take the case to the Public Prosecution if L-7’s car and wheels were still being seized by the police.

*PNTL’s human resources not enough: Commander Belo *Timor Post, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District Police Commander, Superintendent Chief, Pedro Belo said volume of the residents’ in the Capital Dili was staying in high, yet numbers of the police officers limited to control them. Commander Belo called on the Government to recruit more police officers to add numbers the police, so that they could cover all the areas in the Capital Dili. Belo also said they were also facing logistic shortcomings and that was a challenge to the police to work optimally. “We want logistic and transport supports, so that we could work optimally,” Belo said.

*Klamar Fuik to request marine warships to be operated *Televizaun Timor-Leste, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Marine Force Commander, Colonel Pedro Klamar Fuik said he would make a request asking the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Major General Taur Matan Ruak about the operations of the two warships to secure the Timor Sea from illegal fishing. “We will present our report after the operational training to the commander on how to use the two warships in future, adding that the two Marine ships are ready to carry out its task based on the state’s order,” Colonel Klamar Fuik said. Klamar Fuik made the commenst during the operational training on the use of the two warships, adding that the Marine forces were accompanied by the technicians from China as they knew a lot on how to use war equipments in the ships.

*UNTL students to hold two months social field work *Televizaun Timor-Leste, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Five hundred and forty seven Students of the Universidade Nasionál Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) will hold a two-month social field works in Oe-cusse district and Atauro sub-district. The objective of holding the social field work was to complete their study at the University including to do social services together with the local resident as it was part of development process in the country. The participants of the social work service composed of four faculties such as Agriculture, Education, Economy and Politics. The Minister of Solidarity and Social, Maria Domingas Alves said the Government would support the social filed workers to implement their programs, particularly the programs that were being the top priority of the Government. 

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