Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring, 14 Feb 03

Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring, 14 Feb 03

Dili, 14 February 2003

STL/TP:Falintil-FDTL Troops Withdraw From Atsabe

F-FDTL members deployed in Atsabe on January 5, withdraws today from that region, reported the newspapers. UN peacekeepers from Portugal will continue to provide security there. Speaking to the media President Gusmão said "cases like Atsabe should be under the responsibilities of the police. FDTL would only provide assistance because the police still lack the capacity." (STL, TP)

4th December Investigation To Be Concluded In A Week

The investigator team has one more week to conclude the report on the incidents. Prime Minister Alkatiri has reportedly said he is eager to learn the outcome of the result but would like a complete report. He added that this is one of the reasons for his request for a new investigation on the police. The Prime Minister said he has been discussing with President Gusmão and Speaker of Parliament, Francisco Guterres about an in depth investigation. He stressed that TL is currently facing lots of problems like terrorism but the defence is in the hands of UNMISET and it'll be the one working on the security to prevent these problems. (STL)

STL:CRTR To Hold Public Hearing

The Commission for Reception Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR) will hold a public hearing on Monday on former political prisoners jailed between 1975 and 1999 by UDT, Fretilin and Indonesia. Meanwhile the Danish Ambassador for Indonesia and TL announced that his country would finance two internationals staff to be recruited through UNDP to work with the commission. Aniceto Guterres, CRTR director said the commission would have a final say on the recruitment.

STL: PM Alkatiri Postponed Visit To Jakarta

Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Teme announced on Wednesday that the planned visit of Prime Minister Alkatiri to Indonesia has been postponed to June due to the busy agenda of the Indonesian President. Teme said the visit is now scheduled for June.

STL:NGO's Organizing Protest Against War On Iraq

Nine local and internationals NGOs', are organizing a protest tomorrow (Saturday) in Dili against the war in Iraq. The protest is to coincide with similar events around the world. Sahe Institution for Liberation, Lao Hamutuk, Human Rights Team, Fokupers are some of the NGO's participating in this event.

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