Subject: Local Media Monitoring - May 1, 2003


May 1, 2003



1. President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao will be in Paris on June 10 to receive the Felix HouphouUt- Boigny prize awarded by UNESCO in 2002. The prize was been awarded to Xanana Gusmao in recognition of his efforts in promoting peace. The Felix HouphouUt-Boigny prize was announced in October last year by a team of international figures including the former President of Portugal, Mario Soares, and the former United States Secretary of State and Nobel Laureate, Henry Kissinger.

2. According to Monsignor Basilio do Nascimento, Xanana Gusmao is eligible and richly deserves the Vatican's Road to Peace Prize. (The story was accompanied by a large photograph of Bishop Nascimento).

3. The Opposition Parties' proposed amendments to articles 11 and 12 of the Immigration and Asylum Law have failed to pass in the Parliament. After the vote all the Opposition members in the Parliament took the decision to "walk out". 

(The article does not explain what the Opposition amemdments were. For your reference Articles 11 and 12 relate to preventing foreigners from taking part in political activity in Timor-Leste.)

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