Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Feb 9, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Feb 9, 2004

Timor Post

Anti terrorist unit will be established in future ? says Lobato

The Minister of Interior, Rogerio Tiago Lobato, said that in the future the Government will establish a unit within the police force to combat terrorism designated as Unit Against Terrorism (UAT). He said that it is necessary to create this unit to face the current global situation. Mr Lobato said that the Unit Against Terrorism will also support the current police activities in other areas, but fundamentally will focus on terrorism.

People should return to their districts ? says Alves

The Secretary of State for Public Works, Joao Alves, said that in the near future the Department of Public Works will be relocating people who are from the districts, but living in Dili, back to their districts to enable the Government to extend and develop the city of Dili. Mr Alves said that his department has plans to regulate and prevent people from building homes everywhere without any basic conditions whatsoever.

RESPECT with new training project in Liquica

The RESPECT project and the Department of Labour and Solidarity have selected 30 people including veterans in the District of Liquica to receive training on agriculture, and how to operate a tractor. The RESPECT training will last three months, and the objective is to support local produce activities.


CPD-RDTL will create a new resistance ? says Matak

The Coordinator of CPD-RDTL, Antonio Ai-Tahan Matak, said that people in Government and within the National Parliament who want to close CPD-RDTL activities in Timor-Leste will face a new popular resistance. He said that CPD-RDTL has a great number of followers, especially from the poor in rural areas. Mr Matak said that people who had the idea to close CPD-RDTL are people who want see the implementation of a dictatorship regime, like the former President Suharto, in Timor-Leste.

UNDP has reforestation program planned for Taci Tolo

The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will start their reforestation campaign next week in Taci Tolo, for which they have employed 40 local labourers. The General Director of the Department of Agriculture, Cesar Jose da Cruz, said that the objective for the reforestation campaign in Taci Tolo is to develop a National Garden of Peace. He said that the project was financially supported by RESPECT with an amount of USD 150,000.

Baucau still in dark without power

The Director of the Pre-Secondary School in the District of Baucau, Januario Xavier, said that people in the District of Baucau had no power for more than a month. He said that the Government should take urgent steps by sending a technician to repair the faulty generator. Mr Xavier said that the people understand that in every nation people have to pay for their electricity, and people in Baucau are no different and are ready to pay.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email:

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