Subject: Local Media Monitoring - September 22, 2003
September 22, 2003
LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING
ALLEGED MILITIA MEN ATTACK BPU AT THE MOJONG MARKET.
On last Friday the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) was attacked by an alleged group of former militias. The article said that the group attacked BPU at 18.00 pm near the Mojong market within Timor-Leste area. The article said that they had confirmed the news from a credible BPU source who refused to disclose his identity. He said that the patrol unit was attacked by a group of alleged militias. They made a sudden attack on the patrol unit with poison arrows. The source also said that the militia group also was carried machetes and automatic guns. The incident resulted in one BPU member being injured and one of the alleged militia died. The article added that the injured BPU member was transported by helicopter to Dili. Meanwhile the corpse of the alleged militia was taken to Dili.
UNMISET'S WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN TL
UNMISET spokesperson, Marcia Pole, told reporters on Friday that UNMISET will hold a workshop on "climate change in Timor-Leste" on next Thursday in Dili. Ms Pole said that the weather in Timor-Leste has changed during the last two years and it will influence agriculture planning activities. She said that in certain regions, Timor-Leste will face moderate rainfall or even high density of rainfall, while in other regions it may suffer rain short falls.
ADB HAS CHANNELED US$ 9M GRANT TO TL
The resident representative of the Asian Development Bank in Timor-Leste, Mrs Meja Hamm, said that in order to assist Timor-Leste's development after the 1999 total destruction, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Timor-Leste has channeled US$9 million of a total US$52 million grant. Mrs Hamm said that currently ADB is managing 6 projects, including infrastructure, Power Stations, Hera and Dili Harbor, Micro finance, Water Supply, and Road Rehabilitation Project in the districts.
PSD IS READY TO GOVERN
The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mr Mario Viegas Carrascalao, said that his party is ready to assume the responsibility of governing this country if the people trust them to do so. Mr Carrascalao spoke to reporters after the commemoration of PSD's third anniversary on Saturday at My Field Hotel in Bairro Pite. Mr Carrascalao said that a strong Government is a Government that embraces all the segments of one that is of the society capable of serving the interests of the people.
DR HORTA SAYS: "THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM IS URGENT"
Speaking at the inauguration of the International Relations Academy at Hotel Timor on last Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, said that when looking at the world map, Timor-Leste is looks like an ant. He said that despite Timor-Leste being so small, it can bite people and could create a constructive or destructive situation. Dr Horta said that the world 21st century's most urgent matter is United Nations Security Council reform. Dr Horta said that the world's current situation is different from the past. He said that the United States of America should led the reform of the UN Security Council.
Timor Post also reported on the border incident as per the STL report.