Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 3, 2003



June 3, 2003


1. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told the press yesterday that in order to avoid further revision for the budget already approved by Parliament, donors' commitment to channel aid is a pre requisite. He said this means that the Government needs the goodwill of the donors to disburse their assistance already pledged.

2. President Xanana Gusmao yesterday swore in the Court of Appeal's Judge, Jose Maria de Carvalho, at Palacio das Cinzas. In his speech, President Gusmao said that the conduct of the justice system will serve as a barometer for the people of Timor-Leste to trust the judicial system or not, now and in the future.

3. Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that police are not the community's enemy but a partner in keeping law and order in the society. Mr Alkatiri responded to critics who said that Timor-Leste's National Police still have the "colonial mentality". The Prime Minister said "the problem of colonial mentality is not a problem of the National Police, but a problem of the entire nation.". The Prime Minister yesterday officially opened the workshop on "Enhance the Professionalism of the PNTL". (The workshop was sponsored by UNDP).

4. The Director of the Timor-Leste Electrical Power, Virgilio Guterres told STL yesterday that from the 2002 to 2003 budget year, TLEP had spent US$9.5 million from the Consolidated Fund for East Timor (CFET) coffers for the maintenance and repair of the damaged cables. He said that each month TLEP spent around US$780,000. Talking about consumers, Mr Guterres said that Dili itself has 21.000 consumers not including Laulara, Metinaro, Liquisa and Maubara.


1. According to information sourced from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the third Timor-Leste and Development Partners meeting will be held on June 3, until June 5, 2003.Twenty two donor nations and institutions will be taking part in this important event. Among them are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, United States, Britain, European Commission, IMF, World Bank and UNICEF and UNDP.

2. President Xanana Gusmao said that when every body trusts and respects the justice system, the people will be confident in the Independence of their nation. He said the judges, prosecutors and lawyers' actions will reflect in the community. Mr Gusmao said this in his speech during the swearing in ceremony of the Judge of the Court of Appeal, Mr Jose Maria de Carvalho, yesterday at Palacio das Cinzas.

3. Timor Post also reported on the PNTL workshop held yesterday at Hotel Timor.

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