Subject: East Timor Press Review 7 October 2002

East Timor Press Review

7 October 2002

· Suara Timor Lorosae’ s front page carried a photo of six foreign ministers from Southwest Asia and Pacific Forum: Jose Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste), Blas Ope (Philippines), Sir Rabbie Namaliu (Papua New Guinea), Phill Goff (New Zealand), Hasan Wirayuda (Indonesia) and Alexander Downer (Australia) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia meeting, 5 October.

· It is reported that Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Ramos-Horta and his Indonesian counterpart, Hasan Wirayuda are scheduled to officially open the two-day Joint Commission meeting between East Timor and Indonesia in Jakarta today.

· Member of Parliament Pedro Costa of PST party was quoted, during last Saturday’s discussion on land and property, as saying that a law should be made based on people’s aspiration.

· On his recent meeting with President Xanana Gusmão, Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio said that Portugal is ready to continue its support to Timor-Leste.

· Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri was quoted as saying that the SOFA agreement should not be perceived with a narrow perspective.

· Land and Property Director, Pedro Sousa said that all assets claimed by Indonesia should not be sold and leased.

· Jacinto Alves, members of the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR), was quoted as saying that CRTR cannot report its activities to the National Parliament as requested by some of Parliamentarians.

· The newly established University of Maulear is scheduled to be officially opened tomorrow It is reported that around 265 students are expected to enroll for the first academic year.

· At least five doctors are now placed in Intensive Care Unit at the National Hospital in Dili to anticipate the shortage of doctors previously experienced by the hospital during the month of September reported Suara Timor Lorosae.

· It is reported immunization has been given to babies and children under five once a week (Fridays) due to shortage of nurses at the National Hospital

· Silveiro Baptista Pinto, a lawyer from the local Human Rights NGO, Yayasan Hak was quoted as saying that electricity and legal system are two different issues. He said one can repair the electricity system, it is easy to do so but not the legal system. Regarding the legal system he said, there is a need to look into components such as officers upholding the law, legal instruments, among others.

· In closing conference on agriculture at East Timor National University recently, Minister of Agriculture, Estanislau Silva said that East Timor need to work with internationals to improve the conditions of the agriculture sector.

· The head of Aileu District Health Department, Jose dos Reis was quoted as saying that malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory diseases, ISPA have been spreading throughout the district.

[Drafted by UNMISET Spokesperson’s Office]

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