Subject: Local Media Monitoring - June 16, 2003



June 16, 2003


1. Two armed, off-duty Police Officers (STL did not mention their names) caused a major incident by shooting into the air several times on Saturday during a party at Kakaulidun ? Dili. The article said that the two police officers came uninvited to the party, already drunk. The incident occurred when one of them was dancing suggestively with an Aldeia Chief's wife, Mrs Maria Madalena de Canossa. A local youth got angry started to hit him. In response the other policeman tried ti assist by pulling out his pistol and shooting into the air. This made the situation worse and the police were attacked and disarmed by the angry party-goers. The article said that the Deputy of the Investigation Unit, Sub Inspector, Aquiles Sarmento Varela, had confirmed that the case is under investigation.

2. STL has reported an interview with World Bank's Country Manager, Ms Elisabeth Huybens regarding World Bank's activities in Timor-Leste. The article misquoted Ms Huybens by saying that World Bank had donated US$176.80 million to Timor-Leste. In fact the World Bank coordinates the multi donor TFET (Trust Fund for East Timor) program which totals US$176.80. The article mentions the Bank's support for the Government of Timor-Leste in the implementation of the National Development Plan to support sustainable economic growth and alleviate poverty.

3. President Xanana Gusmao is today scheduled to received the "North-South" prize from the European Council at the Portugal's Parliament in Lisbon. The "North-South" prize is, an award aimed at promoting human rights and democracy.

4. Speaking to the media upon his return from Jakarta, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the Government did not close the doors for former refugees in West Timor to come back to Timor-Leste. The article said that UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) had ended its activities in the West Timor refugee camps on December last year, and that the Indonesian Government had also stopped its humanitarian assistance. The article said that UNHCR and IOM (International Organization for Migration) and some local Non Government Organizations in West Timor are continuing to help those individuals who have plans to return to their villages in Timor-Leste.


1. In an interview with Timor Post, RTL and TVTL, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the Government of Indonesia has a strong political will to solve the remaining issues with Timor-Leste. The interview was conducted in Jakarta after the conclusion of the Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia. Mr Alkatiri said that the remaining issues will be discussed further in detail through the Joint Commission already established.

2. In response to the Government plan to establish a new police special force, Mr Julio Pinto, a military and political observer said that the Government should first explain the definition and function the two words "defense and security". Mr Pinto said the role of any special force needs to be clear. Mr Pinto spoke to Timor Post on last Friday at Dili's University.

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