Subject: Media Review 02 September 2003


Dili, September 02 2003

Daily Media Review

The Future Presence of UN in Timor-Leste Discussed in Dili

On Monday, SRSG Kamalesh held a meeting with the leaders of Timor-Leste for discussion on the future of the UN presence in the country, after the end of UNMISET, reported the Media today. According to Lusa, the UN presence in Timor-Leste will be much smaller than the present one, with no peace keeping force and a reduced political intervention. The news agency added that the concrete decision on this issue will be taken early in 2004. 'Debate regarding the structure of the mission to succeed UNMISET has been accelerated in and outside Timor-Leste', wrote the news agency. Timor Post today reported that President Xanana Gusmão has drawn two scenarios; Timor-Leste being supported by bilateral assistance, or direct assistance by the UN. A second meeting will be held on September 5th, wrote the newspaper. (TP, STL, and Lusa)

Cultural Festival Will Serve as Security Barometer

A cultural festival to be held in Timor Tengah Utara district in Indonesia`s East Nusa Tenggara province on Sept 22, would serve as the barometer for security in the border between Indonesia and Timor-Leste reported ANTARA on Monday citing a local official. "Our people are preparing for the festival and they will show the world that security in (Timor Tengah Utara) is conducive", deputy district head, Gabriel Manek, said. (Antara)

Applicable Law Debated By Parliament

The National Parliament is going to hold an extraordinary session this month in order to debate the question of the applicable law in Timor-Leste. The Speaker of the Parliament, Francisco Guterres, told Lusa on Monday that a commission has been conducting a study on the subject, and the result will be presented to the Parliament as soon as possible. Legislation on this issue will try to solve the problem caused by an accord of the Court of Appeal, which considered that the subsidiary law to be applied in the country is the Portuguese Law and not the Indonesian Law, reported Lusa, which added 'the decision of the tribunal is considered as a 'hole' in the Timorese judicial system, which for the last three years had been using the Indonesian codes as the source to fill up the vacuum of the Timorese legislation.' (Lusa)

Government is Studying Measures Against CPD-RDTL

Timorese political leaders are considering the 'urgent' approval of measures to control CPD-RDTL. The organization [Comité Popular Defesa ­ Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste] has been accused of promoting destabilization in various parts of the country, and according to Timorese leadership continues to adopt "intransigent positions". Recently, the media reported that the President of the Republic had asked the Government to take measures against the group. (TP, Lusa)

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