Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring, Dili, 06 February 2003

Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dili, 06 February 2003

Gusmão Asks Finland's Assistance, Lucas Costa To Become Finland's Consul

During his meeting with Finland's ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Matti Johannes Pullinen, President Gusmão asked the ambassador to assist the Timorese living in Indonesia with housing. Pullinen presented his credentials to the President on Wednesday. Speaking to the media after the ceremony Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Teme said Finland has committed to continue working with the Timorese government in the training of police and in the development of the administration. He added that Lucas da Costa, the dean of Dili University has been chosen as Finland's Special Consul in TL (TP, STL).

4th December Incident an "Eye Opening" for Timorese: Canadian Ambassador

Speaking to the media on Wednesday in Dili, after presenting his credentials to the President of the Republic, the Canadian ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Ferry de Kerckhove, said "the December 4th incident is like a wake up call for the government and the population. In the eyes of the international communities Timor-Leste is a new country who gained its independence recently but has been facing lots of problems". (STL)

Five Members of Kolimau To Appear in Court

Residents in Leimea Kraik detained five members of Kolimau accused of stealing their buffaloes. The five people already appeared in court and were ordered to remain 30 days in detention awaiting further investigation. The same people had been previously detained by F-FDTL, being released afterwards under court orders due to lack of evidence. (TP)

Parliament Will Debate Former Indonesian Civil Servants Fund

The Permanent Commission of the Parliament wants the Indonesian Government to explain the process of the payment of a monetary compensation for the former Indonesian civil servants. According to the Commission, cited by STL, the process was "unfair"(STL)

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