Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Jan 8, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Jan 8, 2004


Militia has infiltrated - says Lobato

The Minister of Interior, RogerioTiago Lobato, said that the National Police Force have confirmed to him that militia have infiltrated and they are in the Sub-District of Atsabe and District of Ermera. He added that this infiltration was done months ago in the sub-district of Kailaco and District of Bobonaro. Mr Lobato also said that the information that the Police Force were able to collect indicates two illegal groups (Osnaco and Kolimau 2000) who are using militia as an excuse to intimidate the population. Mr Lobato also said that he has requested the Australian PKF and the Fijian battalion to double their patrols in isolated areas of the border.

Rampant domestic violence in Bobonaro

The Head of the Police Investigation Unit in the District of Bobonaro, Jacinta Udu Mau, said that since January until December 2003, 101 out of 334 cases reported was related to domestic violence. She added that most of the domestic violence cases that were reported were solved by the National Police without the need for further investigation.

EDTL socializing pre-paid meters in Dili

The Administrator of the Sub-District of Vera Cruz, Dili, Arthur Henrique, said that the EDTL in coordination with the District and Sub-District Administrators of Dili, have started socializing pre-paid meters in 11 sucos around Dili. He added that the socialization is important because most of the population are unfamiliar with the pre-paid meters.

TL still need UN - says Xanana

After a meeting with the UNMISET deputy, Sukehiro Hasegawa, the President of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, said that he conveyed to Mr Hagesawa that Timor-Leste still needs the UN presence in the country. He added that he also asked for a special team to be deployed to the country as an observer.

New secretary General for Foreign Affairs

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, said that he has appointed Nelson Santos as the General Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Vicky Tchong as the Vice Secretary.

UIR accused by CPD-RDTL

The secretary of CPD-RDTL in Bobonaro, Jose Teki Liras, said that the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR) of National Police have arrested, beaten and kicked seven of his members, including a woman, during the festive period. He added that the UIR threatened the woman with a pistol when she refused to give her body. Mr Liras also said that the UIR said that with UNMISET end of mission the UIR and the Americans will start a war against the CPD-RDTL.

Timor Post

Maubisse Residents Ask UNHCR to Reunite Families

Residents of suco Lobobibo have requested the UNHCR to repatriate their relatives currently living in West Timor. A local resident said she would also like to see the government putting more effort into working with UNHCR to bring back their relatives who fled Timor-Leste during the 1999 crisis.

Case unsolved by the PNTL

The Commander of the National Police Force in Balibo, Mateus Fernandes, said that the Police are still investigating to find who was responsible for the hoisting of the Mera Putih (red and white) flag in the District of Bobonaro. Mr Fernades also said that the population has given full support for the investigation of this incident.

Community Radio off air three months

The Vice President of Community, Media and Culture group in the District of Baucau, Albino Xavier da Silva, said that the Community Radio Lian Mate Bian has not broadcast for three months and has left many people unhappy with the Community Radio station. Mr da Silva said that the CEP have continuously delayed their financial support to the Community Radio. He added that many promises were made but no avail.

Corruption is bad for the economy

A Member of the National Parliament, Rui Menezes, said that one of the most negative things for the economy of this country is corruption. He added that for this reason the Government has to double their effort to control corruption.Mr Menezes said that one of the topics being discussed around at the moment is whether or not the Government should borrow from the World Bank or IMF. He added that this topic has been discussed amongst intellectuals and politicians. Mr Menezes also said that one of the stumbling blocks that makes the Government not want to borrow from International Institutions is a lack of management.

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

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