Subject: east timor headlines/10August2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Friday 10 August, 2001

1. Seven Injured in Fretilin Campaign 
2. PSD to champion the formation of a Veterans Department 
3. Peter Biro: Investigations Into Suspected Sexual Misconduct Ongoing 
4. Jakarta opposes land corridor between Oecussi and Timor Lorosae 
5. Tais sellers will accept US dollars

1. Seven Injured in Fretilin Campaign (Timor Post, front page headline)

Seven people who attended Fretilin’s campaign in Bobonaro yesterday were injured badly when the roof of a house they were sitting on collapsed. The injured aged between 10 to 13 were rushed to the Bobonaro clinic for urgent medical treatment.

According to a Timor Post reporter who was at the scene, close to 200 people were on the roof of a house trying to catch a glimpse of Dili pop-stars Anito Matos and Helder Araujo who were performing at the Fretilin campaign.

They then started dancing on the roof when both singers started singing popular Timorese pop tunes.

Onlookers below warned the children not to jump on the roof as the foundations did not appear to be strong.

Just before the band stopped playing, the roof gave way and those on top of it fell to the ground. Seven people were badly injured, three with serious injuries to their head.

Local first-aid workers rushed the injured to the Bobonaro clinic while Civpol quickly maintained order.

2. PSD to champion the formation of a Veterans Department (Timor Post, front page second lead)

The Social Democrat Party (PSD) will campaign for the formation of a Veterans’ Department when the new Cabinet is in place.

In a PSD press release, its president Mario Viegas Carrascalao said it was important that the Department be created because veterans needed to participate in the country’s democratization process.

He said their basic needs had to be catered for and they needed to be re-skilled so that they could play an active role in society before and after independence.

3. Peter Biro: Investigations Into Suspected Sexual Misconduct Ongoing (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page headline)

At the present moment, investigations are on-going into the alleged sexual misconduct of certain Jordanian PKF members in Oecussi.

This was stated yesterday by UNTAET Spokesperson Peter Biro in an interview with STL.

“At this moment an investigation team is looking into the alleged incident,” said Biro.

He said UNTAET had received a report on the alleged sexual misconduct when the issue received attention from Transitional Administrator Sergio Vieira de Mello in mid-June.

Biro said the alleged sexual misconduct happened in Oecussi between the night of 27 and 28 May.

4. Jakarta opposes land corridor between Oecussi and Timor Lorosae (Suara Timor Lorosae, front page third lead)

The Indonesian government has rejected the UN Transitional Administration’s proposal to open a land corridor, through Indonesian territory, linking Oecussi district with the rest of Timor Lorosae.

According to the Vice-Governor of West Timor Johanis Pake Pani the rejection was based on security grounds.

Johanis said in Kupang he had raised the land corridor issue with Jakarta and UNTAET’s proposal was rejected based on those grounds.

But he said the issue would be brought up again in early September in bilateral talks between UNTAET and Indonesia.

“We will have to explore on how best we can cooperate to control the movement of people through the land corridor so that security could be guaranteed in order to avert problems between both territories,” said Johanis.

5. Tais sellers will accept US dollars (Timor Post, Page 2 second lead)

Tais traders throughout Dili will accept US dollars provided UNTAET withdraws three other currencies circulating in the country.

This was stated by Celestino Gomes, a representative of the traders at the Tais Market in Colmera.

He said at the moment Tais traders were accepting rupiahs, Australian dollars, escudos and American dollars for their weavings.

“The payment depends on what currency the consumer has,” he added.

“UNTAET however must withdraw the other three currencies if we are to comply with the UNTAET Regulation for the official currency,” he said.

He also reminded super markets to set the example by using only US dollars.

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