Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dec 30, 2003

Timor-Leste International and local Media Monitoring Dec 30, 2003


CPD-RDTL wants justice

During a press conference the Coordinator of CPD-RDTL, Aitonio Ai-Tahan Matak, said that the many politicians did not speak the truth during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CAVR) public hearing. He added that the politicians should face public justice for their wrongs in the past.

Media belongs to people - says Xanana

During the season festivities the President of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, said to the journalists that journalism is not theirs alone but also belongs to the entire nation. Mr Gusmao also said that it's important that the media organize themselves and the journalists improve their quality without any shame.

Minister of Interior with wrong attitude - says PSD

A Member of the National Parliament, Joao Goncalves, said that the Minister of Interior's action in ordering the imprisonment of two coordinators of PSD in the District of Suai, goes against the Constitution. He added that his party condemns this show of attitude on the part of the Minister of Interior. Mr Goncalves also said that before any arrest can be made you need a court order, but to the contrary the police just went along and arrested both men without any legal documentation.

7 months without power

The EDTL Technician in the District of Manufahe, Jose Maria Sousa Costa, said that the two generators have broken down due to mechanical problems since June. He added that a report was presented to the District Administrator who has sent it to the National EDTL in Dili, but until now nothing has happened. Mr Costa also said that the two generators that they have are old and need urgent repairs for them to be able to supply electricity to the people in Manufahe.

60 hectares of crops destroyed by rain

The Head of the Village in Gaelema, Sub-District of Hatolia, Julio do Rosario, said that the recent monsoon and strong winds destroyed coffee and corn on 60 hectares of land in the District of Ermera. He added that ten houses were partially destroyed by the monsoon. Mr da Costa said that about fifteen buffalos, horses and pigs were also killed during the storm. Meanwhile in the District of Oe-Cussi heavy rain and strong gusty winds, that lasted for three days, destroyed fields of corn, banana plantations, cassava and beans, in the Sub-District of Nitibe, Passabe and Sub-District of Oesilu.

Lautem with limited health staff

The Head of the Department of Health in the District of Lautem, Lourenco da Cruz, said that the hospital has only one nurse to attend just about everybody that needs assistance. He added that it's very difficult for pregnant women to seek help from male nurses because of the culture. Mr da Costa said that the health department should pay urgent attention and allow recruitment of qualified nurses and midwives to the hospital.

Timor Post

Don't challenge the system - says Alkatiri

During a graduation day ceremony for new members of the National Police Force the Prime minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that everyday now Timor-Leste has to confront many small problems that could destabilize the system that the Government has put in place. He added that those who want to destabilize it will have to confront the National Police Force. Dr Alkatiri said that we want a state that will be respected by the world. Many Timorese still does not have the national patriotism, and does not want to face the reality that this country is facing. He added that those who want to destabilize the Government system are simple ignoring the deaths of the many people who gave their lives for this country to achieve the independence.

UN will continue to support the National Force

During the graduation day ceremony for new members of the Police Force the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Timor-Leste, Kamalesh Sharma, said that the UN will continue to fulfil its commitment and promised support to the National Police Force.

2004 a challenge for development

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said during his New Years message to the country that 2004 is the year of big challenges for development, peace, stability and democracy to this new nation Timor-Leste. He added that to achieve that, every single person has to participate to be able to strengthen the desire for democracy, peace and stability. Dr Alkatiri said that challenges will focus on sectors outlined by the Government on its programs. He added that the Provedor (ombudsman) office for Human Rights and Justice will be established in 2004, thus will help create a better public service system in Timor-Leste.

Ramos-Horta scheduled to visit Portugal and South Korea

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, said that he is scheduled to visit Portugal and South Korean at the end of this month. He added that during the visit he will discuss about the end of UNMISET mandate and the continue presence of UN, which has been endorsed by the international community. Dr Horta said that the new mission would be focusing more on the police area. In South Korea Ramos-Horta will seek funding to assist the orphans and street children in Timor, because he says, it is a question of ethic and morale. Dr Horta also said that the government is having difficulties addressing this issue but is providing assistant through NGOs. He added that Portugal's Minister of Foreign Affairs Teresa Patricia Gouveia will officially visit Timor-Leste to review the Portuguese assistance to the country.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 3110 Tel: 332 4649

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